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Do You Know these Common Misconceptions about Hernias?

If you or a loved one has experienced a hernia, you might be looking for more information on this disorder. Although hernias are fairly common, with hundreds of thousands of people being treated for them in the U.S. each year, many people still believe common myths about hernias. Consider the following misconceptions, coupled with the truth behind these myths:

If you avoid heavy lifting, you won’t get hernias.

Lifting or extreme strain of any sort can contribute to hernias, but there are other factors to consider as well. Hernias occur when part of the intestines poke through a muscular wall that has worn thin – this can happen in several parts of the body. If the muscular wall is thin or weak enough, a hernia can occur with very little activity. Some people are even born with hernias, which may or may not be evident immediately.

Only men get hernias.

Many people believe that it isn’t possible for women to get hernias. Although the majority of cases occur in men, women make up more than 20% of hernia sufferers.

Rest and avoiding activities can fix a hernia.

Once a hernia occurs, no amount of limiting your work or exercise will make it go away. You will definitely need medical attention.

Mesh patches are always the best choice for surgical hernia repair.

Although some people have successful surgeries using mesh patches, they carry significant risks and may not be right for everyone.

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You may have gone through a surgery to repair your hernia with a mesh patch only to find that you suffered complications or that the surgery failed. If your surgeon used an AlloDerm patch, call 800-761-3187 to speak to the AlloDerm lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart about your legal options.

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