It is the time of year when we attempt the weekend projects that have been on
hold all winter. That also means strenuous activity and heavy lifting – both can
lead to a hernia.
A hernia occurs when the contents of
a body cavity bulge out of the area where they are normally contained. Hernias
by themselves may be asymptomatic (produce no symptoms) or cause slight to
There are a number of
different types of hernias, but the most common is an inguinal or hernia located
in the groin area. This accounts for 75 percent of abdominal hernias and occurs
up to 25 times more often in men than in women.
Symptoms of a hernia include a heavy
feeling in the groin, pain or swelling in the scrotum, pain during a bowel
movement or during urination, pain after long periods of standing, pain when
Weakness in the abdominal wall may be
present from birth, but a hernia may occur during heavy lifting, while coughing
or during strenuous activity.
Maintain a safe, healthy weight
Eat high fiber foods with plenty of whole grains
fruits and vegetables
Use proper technique when lifting something
Control allergies to avoid excess
Exercise to strengthen abdominal
Surgery may be required, but not
All hernias should be repaired to prevent intestinal
Laparoscopic surgery is possible to repair a hernia.
Laparoscopic surgery is a less invasive technique using a camera and small tools
inserted through small incisions in the abdomen. It generally has less pain and
faster recovery than a traditional procedure.