Hernia Overview (cont.)

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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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