Hernias are well known to be painful, and often require surgery to correct; but can they be prevented? In most cases, a hernia was not something a patient saw coming their way, they just develop and once they begin to feel the symptoms, the patient then visits the medical provider for testing. When reviewing some of the main causes patients can develop hernias, it is clear that often just taking a proactive approach to good health can be a great step. Healthy habits such as proper eating, staying fit, and not consuming too much alcohol on a regular basis can all play a role in hernia prevention. You still may be surprised to learn how some patients develop hernias, as they can even begin forming while a fetus is still in the womb.
Sometimes a hernia can be present due to a congenital defect, such as the abdominal wall not closing properly while still in the womb. Most of these types of hernias work themselves out after the child is born and during their first few months of life, but some do not and require corrective surgery.