The soft tissue is often part of the intestine. It's easy to see and feel the bulge, although not all are visible by the patient, especially when obese.
Symptoms include pain, especially when a person coughs, bends, or lifts a heavy object.
Treatment may not be necessary. If the hernia is growing or painful, surgery can repair it.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others.
More than 3 million US cases per year
Treatable by a medical professional
Lab tests or imaging rarely required
Medium-term: resolves within months