What is a epigastric hernia picture?

Ah, hernias. Such a fun topic to talk about at dinner parties, right? But let’s be real here, they aren’t exactly the sexiest of medical conditions. However, just because something is medically unsexy doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with it! Today we’re going to discuss one specific type of hernia – epigastric hernias – and we’ll even throw in some pictures for good measure. So grab your favorite beverage (I prefer mine with an umbrella) and let’s dive into the wonderful world of epigastric hernias.

First Off…What’s A Hernia Again?

Before we delve deeper into epigastric goodness (unrelated side note: ‘epi-gastric’ sounds like something delicious you would order at a fancy restaurant), let’s first get familiar with what exactly a hernia is. Simply put, it’s when an organ or tissue gets pushed through its normal confines (such as muscle walls). This often creates an unusual bulge that many people try to ignore until it becomes too uncomfortable.

There are several types of hernias:

  • Inguinal
  • Femoral
  • Incisional
  • Umbilical
  • Hiatal

And our star of the show today…


This particular type tends to happen around or above the belly button area and typically occurs in males versus females. And while this may sound like no biggie in terms of medical concerns…it can escalate quickly if not treated properly.

So how does someone find out if they have one? Well kiddos, onto our next section….

The Proof Is In The Pictures

Okay fine…we won’t make any more jokes for now so you’re free to inspect these photos without eye rolling. Here are some epigastric hernia pictures (scanned from a medical book, not our personal collection) so you can better visualize what we’ve been talking about.


Feeling those butterflies yet? Don’t worry, it’s normal to feel a little nauseous seeing images of anything oozing out where it shouldn’t be. But thanks to modern medicine, surgical intervention has become the go-to treatment for patients suffering from discomfort or pain due to an epigastric hernia.


There are various types of surgery that are used in treating an epigastric hernia, depending on its severity and size:

  • Herniotomy: This is when only the bulging tissue gets removed
  • Herniorrhaphy: This method involves repairing the muscle wall via sutures
  • Laparoscopy: A minimally invasive procedure whereby small incisions in the abdominal area play host to tiny cameras and surgical instruments that fix said bulges

Depending on someone’s overall health status, these surgeries may just require outpatient care with week-long recovery times; conversely sometimes longer recovery periods may occur.

So folks – be sure not to ignore any lumps or bulges in your stomach region when they crop up! Better safe than sorry right?

How Do They Happen In The First Place?

Great question! As with all things medical there’s no one-size-fits-all answer because this would make life too darn easy. Typically though, other factors such as prolonged coughing or sneezing fits exert pressure within abdominal walls resulting in weakened spots over time which then create openings that allow tissues/organs through them potentially leading up tp Epigastric Hernias.

In summary – eat healthy (but definitely don’t wait until after Thanksgiving dinner if you start feeling something weird) , exercise regularly and avoid smoking & alcohol consumption in order to reduce risk of hernias.

But Wait, There’s More (Symptoms)

Oh, so you thought we were done talking about this topic? Nah-ah…there’s more! Some people who have an epigastric hernia might not even realize it at first. Here are some signs and symptoms that could indicate your bulge isn’t just some calories you need to lose:

  • Pain or discomfort in the general area
  • Visible bulging or a small bump
  • Abdominal discomfort when coughing or lifting something heavy

These ‘symptoms’ sound almost like something you would experience after a hearty meal binge watching Netflix on the couch – right?

But enough with this raising alarm–even though early detection is important, let’s switch gears towards the comedic side….

Can We Be Funny With Epigastric Hernias?!


Some guys use their ‘outie’ belly buttons as makeshift beer openers but if they can also crack open peanuts on then go for it! Think of any activity where an unusual instrument is advertised and tweak linkages from there.

Thinking about pursuing a career as spy? Tad bit difficult what with noticeable bulges indicating one has had too much pie; unless….you strategically place various trinkets within said bulge holes allowing for silent retrieving during intense situations!

Let’s finish up with notes on sturdiness…

Can I Lift My Favorite 1980s Boombox As A Cure?

If all else fails why not indulge these nuisances by boring them into submission with your ’80s mixtapes…via PERRY (cue flashback) AND THE SPANDAU BALLET!! If they haven’t retreated by end credits give us a call –then obviously consult your physician regarding removal/scarring issues but who cares, you still have your 80s tunes–right?

In conclusion beloved followers –if there’s a moral to be taken away from all of this…. it’s that ugly bulges can get even uglier if not treated right….so always take them seriously!

Now go on and live…laugh…love-possibly while holding one’s epigastric hernia? (Wait for head tilts before giving smiles & winks)