Recent Study on Hernias and Genetics Highlights the Need to Act on Early Warning Signs with Preventative Care, Says Dr. Shirin Towfigh

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Commenting on the recent article, the Los Angeles abdominal hernia expert explains that, while not every person has access to genetic testing that could warn them about a hernia, the piece brings up an important point regarding the need to implement preventative care when risk is detected.

Renowned hernia specialist Dr. Shirin Towfigh is committed to providing her patients with the best possible preventative care.

[Dr. Towfigh] adds that the study also brings to light a very important truth that pertains to all aspect of medicine: when risk is determined, preventative care should be implemented.

While hernia repair experts like Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center have long observed a strong connection between one’s genetics and the risk of developing a hernia, the data surrounding the matter still has room to improve in terms of clarity. One recent study that succeeding in doing just that was discussed in an article published December 21st by United Press International. The study, which involved the analysis of a vast database of patient information, concluded that there are four genes in particular which can greatly increase someone’s risk of developing a hernia. According to Dr. Shirin Towfigh, because it may prove impractical to test the genetics of patients en masse in order to determine risk, the real use of this information will be in furthering the field’s understanding of how and why hernias form. In addition, she adds that the study also brings to light a very important truth that pertains to all aspect of medicine: when risk is determined, preventative care should be implemented.

She explains that, because an abdominal hernia is simply tissue pushing through a weakness in the abdominal wall, the odds of a hernia can be decreased with proper fitness and abdominal strength (Decreased risk of a hernia is just one of the many health advantages that come with being in shape.) Dr. Towfigh also explains that, while the data is less conclusive than it is with exercise, obesity is also considered to be a risk factor. She notes that this is especially true for certain types of hernias, such as incisional hernias that often develop after open surgery.

Dr. Towfigh explains that straining due to excessive movement or stress on the abdominal muscles can also lead to a hernia in those who are genetically disposed to develop one. While it is often very difficult to anticipate when these rapid movements are likely to occur, it is nevertheless important for patients to be diligent when engaging in any strenuous activity.

For those patients who have already developed a hernia, treatment through surgical repair is very often the best option. Dr. Towfigh explains that she and her team at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center use a minimally invasive laparoscopic approach to surgery that has helped countless patients quickly get back on their feet without the pains and stressed caused by a hernia. For more information about the Beverly Hills Hernia Center, or to set up a consultation today, call the center at 310-693-6096 or visit them online at

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