When an organ pushes through a weak opening in the muscle or tissue that holds it in place, the result is a hernia.
Most commonly found in the abdomen, hernias also occur in the upper thigh, navel, and groin areas. These nuisances are not usually life threatening, though they require medical attention at oftentimes involves surgery.
Unfortunately in the past, one of the most common ways of repairing hernias, using Physiomesh, has increased people’s chances of having a reoccurrence requiring additional surgery. And, while this is not always the case (and Physiomesh has since been voluntarily recalled), it is important to know that anyone experiencing issues with their hernia Physiomesh should contact an attorney, as well as report any side effects or complications to the FDA, as TruLaw experts advise.
That said, today we are going to look at some of the best ways you can avoid getting a hernia in the first place so that any future hernia repair complications never become a concern of yours.
Common Hernia Types
Before learning how to prevent a hernia, it is helpful to understand the different types you are susceptible to:
- Inguinal Hernia. The inguinal canal is a path in the groin that allows structures from the abdomen to pass through the external genitalia. An inguinal hernia will appear in the groin and will be painful.
- Femoral Hernia.Typically occurring in women who are giving birth, this hernia affects the path that allows the femoral artery to pass through to lower extremities.
- Umbilical Hernia. When the intestines push through the abdominal wall, an umbilical hernia results. This is most common in newborns and pregnant or obese women.
- Hiatal Hernia. If a portion of your stomach pushes through your diaphragm and enters the chest region, you have a hiatal hernia. These types are most commonly found in people over the age of 50.
- Incisional Hernia. An incisional hernia is due to the intestines pushing through the abdominal wall at a past incision site.
While you cannot always prevent the muscle weakness that leads to a hernia, there are some proactive things you can do to help prevent getting a hernia:
- Avoid straining yourself by lifting heavy objects that are too heavy for you
- Ensure that you always use proper lifting formwhen picking items up
- Maintain a healthy weight that is below the obese level
- Stop smoking (or better yet, never start)
- Do not strain while having a bowel movement or while urinating
- Hold onto weak regions in your abdomen when coughing or straining to protect it
- Strengthen the abdominals through exercise
- See your doctor for any excessive coughing issues
If you experience a hernia, it is likely to become bigger and become more painful if you fail to treat it immediately. Worse yet, a part of your intestine may become trapped in your abdominal wall, thus obstructing your bowels.
As a result, you may feel extreme pain, nausea, and even constipation, which only makes matters worse. In addition, the added pressure the hernia is having on surrounding organs and tissue may cause surrounding inflammation and swelling.
Follow the tips above for preventing a hernia. The complications that come from such an injury are painful and can become very serious if untreated.