Hernias don’t go away on their own; surgery is the only way to correct the problem. And, once you’ve had hernia surgery, you’ll want to take steps to prevent another one from occurring. In many cases, lifestyle changes go a long way in helping you avoid another hernia surgery in the future.
At Precision Surgery and Advanced Vein Therapy in Glendale, Arizona, Dr. Johnny Serrano is a skilled surgeon who specializes in compassionate hernia repair, before, during, and after surgery. Dr. Serrano can often perform hernia surgeries using minimally invasive techniques that reduce scarring and make recovery easier. And, once you’re back on your feet, there are lifestyle changes you can make to help you stay healthy and hernia-free.
Smoking impedes your body’s ability to heal, as nicotine restricts blood flow and may increase your risk of an infection around your incision. If you’re not a smoker, you’re one step ahead of the game of preventing another hernia. Smoking makes you cough and puts undue pressure on your abdomen. This repeated pressure can lead to an inguinal hernia — when part of your intestines or fatty tissue pushes into your groin muscles.
Maintaining a healthy body weight offers a host of health benefits, one of them being preventing another hernia. When you’re overweight or obese, you put added pressure on your abdominal wall. Standing and moving around when your abdomen is under constant pressure can also strain the area as you recover from hernia surgery. Losing extra weight can help you stay healthy and potentially avoid another hernia altogether.
Eat a high-fiber diet
Fiber-rich foods are good for your digestive system and can also help you avoid constipation. Chronic constipation leads to straining in the bathroom, which increases your risk of another hernia. Additionally, eating a high-fiber diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and seeds can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Avoid heavy lifting
Lifting heavy objects, or even moving furniture around your home, can cause abdominal strain. Try to avoid heavy lifting, especially as you recover from hernia surgery.
Get more of the right kind of exercise
Depending on the type of hernia you had, certain exercises can aggravate your muscles while others can help strengthen and stretch them. Staying physically active can also help you lose a few pounds and become healthier overall. Before you begin exercising, talk to Dr. Serrano about the best type of exercises for your specific needs.
Walking, yoga, and low-impact activities may be a great way to begin. Avoid exercises that involve jumping or doing squats, which can increase pressure on your abdominal wall. You want to warm up properly as well, to avoid tearing or pulling abdominal muscles.
After hernia surgery, make up your mind to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Not only will a few changes help you avoid a recurring hernia, but you’ll also feel better and contribute to your overall health and wellness in a variety of positive ways.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, give our friendly office a call at 602-393-1304, or book an appointment online today.