What is an epigastric hernia?
An epigastric hernia is a defect of the abdominal wall in the midline between the breastbone and umbilicus (belly button). Often, patients experience a pinching or pulling sensation with exertion or certain movements. At times there may be a visible bulge in the area of pain. The pinched tissue is usually fat that lies just above the inner lining of the abdominal cavity. The majority of these hernias can be repaired using sutures alone.