HOW CAN I PREVENT GETTING A HERNIA?
Hernias are common.
The lifetime risk of inguinal herniation is approximately 27% for men and 3% for women.
In England, from 2001 - 2002, around 70,000 operations were performed for inguinal hernias.
Generally you cannot prevent the weakness in the abdominal wall that leads to you getting a hernia but not smoking avoiding constipation and maintaining a healthy weight should reduce the risk.
If you already have a hernia or have had a hernia repaired in the past you can prevent them from getting worse or coming back if you follow these 5 simple points:
- Avoid heavy lifting if possible.
- If you need to lift heavy objects, use your legs and not your back.
- Don’t get constipated or have to strain during a bowel movement.
- Maintain a healthy weight.
- Don’t smoke.