A 50-year-old member asked:
Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?
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Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience in General Surgery
Indirectly, at best.: A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity. It is often used interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia.
Answered on Oct 3, 2012
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