June is Hernia Awareness Month

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It’s estimated that there are over 700,000 hernia repair surgeries in the U.S. each year. For Hernia Awareness Month, Brian Wittek, MD with Meritas Health Comprehensive Surgical Specialists, explains what a hernia is & how it’s treated. Additional Facts About Hernias The risk of hernia can be minimized, but hernias cannot be prevented. In fact, […]

It’s estimated that there are over 700,000 hernia repair surgeries in the U.S. each year. For Hernia Awareness Month, Brian Wittek, MD with Meritas Health Comprehensive Surgical Specialists, explains what a hernia is & how it’s treated.

Additional Facts About Hernias

The risk of hernia can be minimized, but hernias cannot be prevented. In fact, hernias may be present at birth. Age, smoking and obesity are three of the primary risk factors for developing hernias. Other factors include: weak and/or injured muscles, previous surgical incisions, pregnancy, lifting and straining. A hernia should not be left untreated. While it may not get worse, it will not heal itself. In some cases, a hernia can be dangerous because blood flow become restricted and can damage tissue or even become life-threatening.

You should see your primary care physician to evaluate you if you believe you have a hernia. If you do not have a physician, you can use our Find-A-Doctor search on our website or call our free physician referral services, 816.221.HEAL.