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Hernia Health

What Is a Complex Hernia?

As the name implies, complex hernias are hernias that are not the usual type of hernia. Often these hernias have been present for a long period of time and have not been treated. Patients who develop complex hernias usually tell us that they have had a hernia for years but... Read more

How Are Hernias Diagnosed?

Hernias are most commonly located in the groin or umbilical region. However, hernias may occur in any location in the abdomen. Many patients self-diagnose their hernias. The symptoms of a hernia include: Swelling or bulge beneath abdominal or groin skin. The bulge may disappear when lying down. Pain or discomfort... Read more

Causes of A Sports Hernia

A sports hernia is the result of repetitive twisting and turning. This injury occurs in the groin. Athletes who perform these motions at high speed are especially at risk. These hernias are common among soccer, hockey, and tennis players. Overuse of the groin muscles results in stress on the inguinal... Read more

Are Hernias Preventable?

Are hernias preventable? Yes, this common condition can be avoided if one uses the proper lifting techniques. Hernias are usually caused at work and during recreation, such as weightlifting at the gym. Hernias can be caused by improper lifting techniques. Proper lifting technique: #1: Warm up prior to lifting. #2:... Read more

Are Hernias Hereditary?

One of the most common questions about hernias we are asked is whether they are hereditary, and if there is a possibility the patient could “pass on” the condition. Fortunately, hernias are not hereditary. On the other hand, some hernias are congenital. This means that you may develop a hernia... Read more

How Does Smoking Affect Hernias?

Hernias are caused by straining. Straining can occur when you lift, cough, urinate, or experience constipation. Long-term smokers frequently develop a chronic cough, which is a common cause of hernias. Smokers develop hernias at a higher rate than nonsmokers. Smoking causes a decreased rate of collagen formation. This is due... Read more
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