Patient Education

Who is at Risk?

Hernias occur in as many as 1 out of 10 people during their lifetime.

Some patients are more at risk than others:

  • Men seem to have a higher risk of developing a hernia. 9 out 10 hernia patients are male.
  • Individuals with a family history of hernia makes them more likely to develop a hernia.
  • Older patients with weaker tissues are at a higher risk of developing a hernia.
  • Premature Newborns have particularly weak abdominal muscular anatomy making them a high risk group for developing abdominal hernias.
  • Post-pregnant women can sometimes be more susceptible to developing hernias due to weaker abdominal tissues

Risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing a hernia include:

  • Obesity: Abdominal muscles are progressively infiltrated with fat weakening them. This fat inside your abdomen increases the pressure inside, weakening tissues over time.
  • Straining: Activities that strain the abdominal muscles such as repetitive lifting heavy weights or coughing.
  • Smoking: Weakens tissue and prevents injured tissues from healing properly.

Here is an example of a Post-pregnancy related hernia. The video shows a woman in her forties, after multiple pregnancies (pressure inside), with a reducible Umbilical (belly button) hernia.

 

This video shows a lower abdominal Spigelian hernia.