- About Hernia
- Before Surgery
- Open Surgical Repair
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Surgery - After Care
Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Hernias
Congenital defect that lead to hernias are not preventable.
Preventive measure that can reduce the incidence of hernias in an adult include regular exercise which is the key to prevent a lot of problems. Bruce B. Dan in 1984 said -
'Sedentary people have shriveled hearts and most of us who do not exercise have an atrophied body.'
Getting regular exercise is an important safeguard as muscles that are well toned and strong are less likely to rupture.
Other lifestyle measures to prevent hernia incude -
Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight strains the body and can also dangerously stretch the peritoneum - the abdominal lining and is a risk factor for developing hernias and many other physical problems.
Don't strain your muscles. Weight lifters, football players, and golfers frequently strain and can tear the muscles making them more prone to hernias. If you play any such sports ensure that adequate warm up is practised before starting the game.
Get plenty of fiber. Regular bowel movements will prevent undue straining. Fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains are good for overall health. They're also packed with fiber that can help prevent constipation.
Be careful when lifting heavy objects. Lift with your knees rather than your back, and don't attempt to move anything too heavy for one person to manage.
Quit smoking. Smokers often are prone to persistent cough, which can increase the risk for herniation .. In addition it increases the risk for serious diseases such as cancer, emphysema and heart disease.
Don't rely on a truss for support. Wearing a hernia truss or a support isn't the best long-term solution for an inguinal hernia. A truss won't protect against complications or correct the underlying problem, although it may be recommended for a short time before surgery.