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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are hernias preventable?

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    Dr Kenneth Wong

    Bariatric (Obesity) Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon

    Dr Ken Wong is a very experienced specialist surgeon focussing on keyhole surgery techniques for gallstones, bowel cancer, hernia and weight loss surgery. He graduated … View Profile

    No, hernias are not preventable. Hernias refer to a tear in the lining of a body cavity. Therefore, it is often thought that it is related to straining or heavy lifting. However, hernias are found in babies who are  a few days old to very elderly people. There are people who have never strained or lifted and have still developed herniae. Once a hernia develops, surgery needs to be considered with a view to fixing the hernia. Many patients do report that their hernia feels worse with straining and lifting. Hernias, once formed will not repair themselves and almost always needs surgery for correction.

    Dr Ken Wong

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