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What is a hernia?
A hernia is a protrusion of an organ outside its normal cavity. This most commonly occurs when an area of the abdominal wall musculature becomes weakened.

What is an inguinal hernia?
An inguinal hernia is a hernia at the inguinal region (e.g., the groin): a direct inguinal hernia involves the abdominal wall between the deep epigastric artery and the edge of the rectus muscle; an indirect inguinal hernia involves the internal inguinal ring and passes into the inguinal canal.

What is an incisional hernia?
An incisional hernia is a hernia involving, associated with, or resulting from a surgical incision or through a surgical scar.

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