R&B singer Kehlani, known for tracks like “CRZY” and “The Way,” has announced to fans that she’s going to have to cancel and reschedule the remaining dates of her SweetSexySavage World Tour for now because she needs to have emergency surgery. That surgery is needed to take care of a hernia she’s had for quite some time. When people think of hernias, they often think of individuals above a certain age dealing with them, but it’s more common than you might think.
In an interview with The Fader in 2015, the singer spoke about a less than positive outlook she used to have about her body as a kid. It was a “naturally muscular build” and an umbilical hernia that caused her to want to stay covered up.
Nowadays, of course, Kehlani is always showing off her incredibly toned six-pack, whether performing on stage or in videos. But what you may not have noticed while looking at those abs was the umbilical hernia right above her belly button. It’s given the singer enough trouble as of late that she needs to take a break to deal with it. She announced the news on Instagram with an image of the hernia protruding during a performance:
According to PEOPLE, it’s unclear when the singer will be cleared to hit the stage again, but her tour, which started last month, was set to end in June in California.
For those who were worried about getting their money back, Kehlani ensured that it would happen.
As for umbilical hernias, according to The Mayo Clinic, while they are most common in babies (and often close before the age of four), they can appear in adulthood. They form when part of the intestine protrudes through the umbilical opening of the ab muscles. They’re often harmless, but complications can arise (including the possibility of feeling strong pain, vomiting, obstruction of the intestines and the hernia bulge becoming tender, discolored or swollen), and in Kehlani’s case, can require surgery.
Interesting enough, in terms of children, there is a slight increased risk of Black infants having umbilical hernias, as well as premature infants who are born at a low weight. In terms of adults, it’s more common in women. Issues like being overweight, having fluid in the abdominal cavity, as well as previous abdominal surgery and going through chronic peritoneal dialysis (treatment for kidney failure) can cause this type of hernia. The more you know…
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