Hernias occur when a section of your organ, or intestine, bulge through sections of a muscle that has become weakened over time. The most common type of hernia is an external hernia, which is when the bulge is prominently seen on the outside of one’s body, especially in the lower abdomen.
Not all types of hernias are preventable, however, but our Palmdale surgeon has a couple of tips to help reduce the chances of a hernia:
Be physically active
Make sure you are being physically active, especially doing the right exercises. You don’t want to do any exercises that are too strenuous. Some examples of the right exercises you could be doing are yoga, pilates, aerobics, or even light weights. The point is to be physically active while not putting too much pressure on your abdomen.
Try to incorporate fiber in your diet. Fiber can lead to regular and easier bowel movements, which therefore prevents constipation. Constipation only puts more pressure on your stomach when pushing, which makes you more prone to hernias. Fibrous foods include whole grains, fruits and vegetables, as well as legumes and beans.
Avoid Heavy Lifting
There is a difference between heavy lifting in workouts, and lifting too heavy. Make sure you are not overexerting yourself and causing too much strain in your abdomen. If you are going to lift anything heavy, make sure you can lift it comfortably. Lifting something extremely heavy contracts the muscles in your abdomen and pushes them out. If you really must lift something heavy, do not bend at your waist, but bend your knees and lift instead. By lifting with your knees, you are putting more pressure on your knees and legs – stronger body parts than your torso or abdomen.
About Dr. Lemus-Rangel, Palmdale Surgeon:
Dr. Lemus-Rangel is a Palmdale surgeon who is board-certified in robotic surgery. Dr. Lemus-Rangel is committed to taking care of each of his patients. He makes sure that they have a smooth experience in his office as well as a fast and steady post-op recovery. Staff members are on standby with answers to any questions patients might have.