Incidence of Paraumbilical Hernia in Patients with Increased BMI
Objective: To identify the incidence of paraumblical hernia in patients with increased Body Mass Index (BMI). Study design: Prospective cohort study Duration: August 2016 to May 2017. Setting: Allied Hospital, Faisalabad. Methodology: A total of 66 cases with paraumblical hernia were included. A questionnaire was applied to record data. BMI was calculated and data was assessed using statistical methods. Results: Out of 66 paraumblical hernia patients 16.7%(n=11) were overweight, 4.5%(n=3) were of normal weight77.3% (n=51) were obese and only 1.5% (n=1) were underweight. Conclusion: This study highlights increased BMI as a significant risk factor for Paraumblical hernia development. Most patients have multiple risk factors such as constipation and lower urinary track symptoms. General population should be educated about healthy diet and exercise to reduce the risk of PUH.