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Incisional Hernia

Prevention of Incisional Hernia

Prevention of an incisional hernia depends on a number of factors. Surgeons are expected to use effective surgical techniques to minimize complications. Patients must follow discharge instructions to avoid contaminating their surgical wound. For the most part, developing a wound infection may increase the risk of an incision hernia. Furthermore, patients are advised to limit and/or avoid activities that put pressure on the incision. 
The following preventative measures may help to decrease a complication of surgery such as an incisional hernia:  
  • Avoid overexertion
  • Treat constipation to avoid straining
  • Use precaution when coughing and sneezing
  • Limit activity that increases pressure on surgical wound
  • Use of prescribed gels that may promote healthy wound healing (ask about this gel).
  • Reduce and/or avoid sexual activity until wound heals. 
  • Reduce and/or eliminate smoking
It is important to note that age and physical health may have a direct impact on postoperative care. There is no guarantee in preventing an incisional hernia following surgery, though patients can take preventative measures to reduce these potential risk factors. 

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