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Hernia: Prevention Tips

Not smoking, seeing your doctor when you are sick to avoid developing a persistent cough, maintaining a healthy body weight, and lifting objects with your knees and not your back are some of the tips to prevent a hernia. Dr. Michael Renfrow, General Surgeon with Baptist Health South Florida, says not smoking is the most important thing. "Some surgeons will even make patients take nicotine tests, because smoking increases the risk of infection tremendously."

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