Risk Of A Hernia

Each year in the UK, more than 120,000 hernia repair surgeries are carried out on patients. Hernias are a common condition and they do not go away by themselves. If you want to avoid having to undergo hernia surgery, there are ways to lower your risk of developing one in the first place.

Read on to discover some of the best ways to reduce your risk of developing a hernia.

Address health problems early

Health problems that place a strain on your body should be addressed as early as possible. This includes obesity/weight gain, constipation, and a chronic cough. The longer the body is placed under strain the more likely a hernia will occur.

These types of symptoms can also be an indicator of something more serious going on. This makes it even more important to get them looked into and to find the root cause.

Smoking is also a well known association with all hernias including incisional hernias (see below). This is thought to be for a number of reasons. Smoking can cause changes in collagen, the protein matrix that makes up a lot of your body, so that hernias are more likely to happen. Smokers often have a chronic cough, and because of a reduction in oxygen to the tissues, they are less likely to heal quickly and well after surgery making an incisional hernia more likely.

Take care after having surgery

If you are due to undergo abdominal surgery, take care during your recovery. Incisional hernias occur when a patient tries to do too much too soon before the body has healed. Pressure placed onto the surgical site causes the abdominal lining to protrude through, leaving behind a visible bulge.

To avoid an incisional hernia, make sure you follow your surgeon’s aftercare advice. Avoid lifting anything heavy or exercising vigorously. Let the body recover fully and ease yourself back into your daily routine.

Poor surgical technique and smoking are also causes of incisional hernias.

Don’t lift more than you can handle

Regardless of whether or not you have recently had surgery, you should always avoid lifting more than you can handle. When you lift or carry things that are too heavy, it places strain on the body. Repetitive strain is a known contributing factor for all types of hernias. When you do lift something heavy, be sure to follow the correct method to avoid injury.

It isn’t always possible to eliminate the risk of a hernia completely. However, by following the tips above, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing one.

If you think you have a hernia and you wish to discuss the best treatment options, contact Mr Stellakis today. Surgery is typically the best course of treatment as hernias do not go away by themselves. However, in some cases mild hernias may not require any treatment at all.