Hernia Overview

Hernia Causes and Risk Factors


Hernias occur when an internal organ or tissue protrudes through a defect or weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. While some hernias are congenital, meaning they’re present at birth due to a defect in the abdominal wall, others develop over time due to various factors. Understanding the causes and risk factors associated with hernias is essential for prevention and early intervention.

Potential risk factors for a hernia include:

  • Chronic Cough
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Repetitive Lifting of Heavy Objects
  • Straining When Lifting Heavy Objects.
  • Straining During Bowel Movements or Urination
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain Medications, such as Steroids
  • Previous Abdominal Surgery
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