Are hernias hereditary?

Singapore
February 6, 2007 4:39am CST
Well my son got a full medical check in school last week. (something all 7 yr olds go through)He was diagnosed with having a hernia...the type at the groin. (is there any other? I do not know)I tried to do a search on it but couldn't understand any of the stuff. Was wondering if it was hereditary because my hubby just told me he too had the same thing when he was a kid and he had surgery for it! Surgery for a 7yr old has got to be scary!! My son has a docs appointment this saturday. Hopefully its not too serious that it needs surgery because I think I will be panicking