Can you Prevent a Groin Hernia?
A groin hernia (inguinal hernia) is a lump that you can see and feel low down in the groin to either side. One or both sides can be affected. They are soft and can usually be pushed back if lying down. They may then re-appear after standing up and moving around. They tend not to be painful unless they get stuck out and have become difficult to push back. Fairly commonly, being up and active all day can lead to a pulling and sore sensation near the lump which is relieved by lying down and gently pushing it back.
As these are natural anatomical weaknesses it is difficult to avoid them entirely with little you can do to prevent them from happening.
Hernias are common.
Natural wear and tear can make these canals bigger so hernias more likely to occur. This occurs naturally with age. The lower abdomen also provides support to the abdominal contents. The more fatty tissue there is in the abdomen the more support is needed, so they can be more common in obese patients.
Smoking weakens connective tissue that provides strength. Smoking and being overweight are not usually thought of as causing hernias but they are linked to the failure of hernia repair and hernia recurrence, especially umbilical hernias that occur around the belly button.
Not smoking and weighing a normal weight (BMI<25) might reduce the risk of forming these. Exercise and muscle conditioning might also help prevent them from happening in a small minority.
If you are concerned about your hernia, do not hesitate to have it checked by a specialist.