Hernia (Abdominal Hernia)

  • Medical Author:
    Benjamin Wedro, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

    Dr. Ben Wedro practices emergency medicine at Gundersen Clinic, a regional trauma center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His background includes undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Alberta, a Family Practice internship at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Can an abdominal hernia be prevented?

While congenital hernias cannot be prevented, the risk of developing a hernia that occurs as life goes on can be minimized. The goal is to avoid an increase in pressure within the abdomen that could stress the weak areas in the abdominal wall.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet and exercise routinely to minimize the risk of constipation and straining to have a bowel movement.
  • Use proper lifting techniques especially when trying to lift heavy objects. This is important to remember at work, home, and in sports.
  • Stop smoking to decrease recurrent coughing.
  • If a hernia develops, seek medical care to have it evaluated and potentially treated before it gets too large or becomes incarcerated.

REFERENCE:

Townsend, Courtney M., et al. Sabiston Textbook of Surgery: The Biological Basis of Modern Surgical Practice. 19th ed. Saunders, 2012.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/2/2016

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