Hernia Symptoms

  • A bulge on or near your abdomen
  • Abdominal pain
  • Groin pain
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Back pain
  • Bloody bowel movement

Diagnosing a hernia

If you have any of the above symptoms you need to be examined by a physician. These symptoms are not specific to a hernia and may be caused by other medical conditions which may be more dangerous than a hernia. We encourage you to have an online consultation and then a telephone consultation directly with our doctor free of charge.


A bulge on or near your abdomen is the most common symptom of a hernia. A bulge that comes and goes or that can be pushed back in is called reducible and is a more specific symptom. Bulges that occur in an area at risk for a hernia such as the groin, the belly button or near a scar from previous surgery further support the diagnosis. Tumors and infections are other causes of lumps and bulges.

Abdominal pain is the second most common symptom of a hernia. Usually the pain is near the hernia site but it can be anywhere. Intestine does not have the same pain perception pathway as skin and is poorly localized. Severe pain needs immediate medical attention.

Groin pain is the most common symptom of an inguinal hernia. For many patients with an inguinal hernia this is their only symptom. But not all patients with a hernia have pain.

Bloating is a very none specific symptom. Many hernia patients have this complaint.

Constipation is very common in patients with large inguinal hernias on the left side. The sigmoid colon is frequently found inside of these hernias. Constipation is also a symptom of colon cancer.

Nausea associated with a hernia may be caused by bowel strangulation and is cause for concern.

Back pain is an uncommon symptom of a hernia. But there are rare patients who's back pain goes away after hernia surgery.

Bloody bowel movement is an alarming symptom because it is a symptom of colon cancer. It must always be investigated with colonoscopy and not dismissed by theories of another cause. That said, we have seen patients with large hernias and recent normal colonoscopies who have bleeding caused by partial strangulation of their colon. This is a sign the hernia needs to be urgently repaired.

How much do we charge for hernia surgery?

Our patients tell us that we have the best price for hernia surgery. Our patients do their homework and research on the internet and so they should know. If you would like a price quote please complete an online consultation.