A hernia is known in layman's terms as a rupture. A reasonable medical definition is;
An abnormal protrusion of an organ through the walls of the cavity that normally contain it
Herniae are very common. The lifetime risk of an inguinal hernia is 27% in men and 3% in women. It is a very common surgical operation, with 8% of all operations in the United Kingdom being hernia repairs.
Hernia formation following surgery is a very common occurrence;
If a hernia develops following an incision it is termed an incisional hernia. If the heria occurs through an incision beside a stoma it is termed a parastomal hernia.