In this article we will try to bust some of the hernia myths or misconceptions people have regarding hernias.
Only physical activities cause hernia
Lifting or extreme strain of any sort can contribute to hernias, but there are other factors to consider as well. Hernias occur when the intestines swell and push through a muscular wall that has worn thin – this can happen in several parts of the body. If the muscular wall is thin or weak enough, a hernia can occur with very little activity. Some people are even born with hernias, which may or may not be evident immediately.
Resting makes a hernia go away
Once a hernia occurs, no amount of limiting your work or exercise will make it go away. You will need to do something about it
Each hernia is different
All of the hernias – let it be inguinal, umbilical, incisional, paraumbilical, femoral or hiatal are caused due to one reason – inflammation of the intestine. The hernia protrusion may be caused due to various reasons like exercises, injury or surgery but the underlying reason of the intestine protruding is the inflammation of the intestine which causes it to push the abdominal wall and come out in the form of a hernia
Surgery does not mean hernia will recur
imagine this, with an inflamed intestine which is coming out of one area, you go for a surgery wherein it is pushed back in and a mesh is added on it to prevent it from going out again. Will this stop the intestine from going back in that area – YES. But will this reduce the inflammation? It simply cannot. Eventually the intestine will try to burst out of the next weakest spot in the intestine. This is what makes the hernia relapse. Thus surgery is a superficial treatment for hernia.
Only men get hernias
Many people believe that it isn’t possible for women to get hernias. Although the majority of cases occur in men, women make up more than 20% of hernia sufferers.
There is no pain after hernia surgery
False. Pain can occur due to incorrect surgery and the only way to correct is to get operated again. So essentially, to heal a hernia you had to get operated the first time, and then to reduce the pain, you have to get operated again – after which there is still a 20% chance of hernia pain recurring, not to mention that the 40% chances of hernia recurrence are omnipresent.
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