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Patient Information

Possible complications of a hernia


A part of your intestine could become trapped in the abdominal wall and cause bowel obstruction (severe painnausea, and constipation). 

Bowel strangulation and dead bowel with peritonitis is a potential serious risk

How can we prevent a hernia 

reduce the strain you place on your abdominal muscles


  • Quit smoking

  • seeing your doctor when you’re sick to avoid developing a persistent cough

  • maintaining a healthy body weight

  • avoiding straining during bowel movements or urination

  • lifting objects with your knees and not your back

  • avoiding lifting weights that are too heavy for you

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