Obesity can cause excessive pressure in the abdominal, inguinal, or femoral areas, due to fat pushing outward through the muscle or ligamentous wall. Lack of exercise can also increase your risk of a hernia, as your abdominal muscles and ligaments become weak. A combination of genetics, excessive abdominal pressure, and over exertion often triggers a hernia.
Hernias usually start out small and become enlarged over time. They can be dangerous. Tissues like the intestinal tract may become strangulated and ulcerated when bulging through a hernia, and result in a dangerous life threatening hole in the intestinal tract.
Many hernias require surgical repair. If you think you might have a hernia, talk with your physician, as they can properly diagnose and provide treatment options.
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