The formal definition of a hernia is a protrusion of an internal organ through a wall of the cavity (as of the abdomen) in which it is normally enclosed. That being said, actually UNDERSTANDING what a hernia is can be one of the most important aspects of having a hernia. By learning what a hernia is, patients can better decide on whether to have their hernia treated, it can assist them in choosing the best method and the best specialist for their hernia surgery, and can help in developing a clear understanding of recovery after hernia repair. However, learning what a hernia is can be difficult. We hope that the pictures, descriptions, and video below will help walk you through developing a basic understanding of what the term “HERNIA” describes.