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Who is at risk for incisional hernias?

Conditions that increase strain on the abdominal wall such as obesity, pregnancy, peritoneal dialysis, liver disease, chronic straining/lifting, chronic cough, or chronic difficulties with bowel movements or urination are risk factors for hernia formation. Also smoking, advanced age, malnutrition, poor metabolism, steroid medications, chemotherapy, and hematoma or infection after a prior surgery put a patient at a higher risk of developing an incisional hernia.


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This page was published on Dec 19, 2016, modified on Aug 13, 2020 by Dr. Sadek (Surgeon) of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics
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