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 decrease intra-abdominal pressure that can 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 10/14/2013

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