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Dr. Mark Hoepfner Dr. Hoepfner
Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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How can I rebuild my abdominal muscles after a splenectomy?

How can I rebuild my abdominal muscles after a splenectomy?

Exercise: Usually after you have healed, gradual return to full activities and exercises will usually improve your abdominal muscles. Walking, bicycling or swimming are good to start. Once your doctor approves, regular abdominal exercises and time will usually result in full return to normal.

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Dr. Audie Rolnick Dr. Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Which muscle group opposes the abdominal muscles?

Which muscle group opposes the abdominal muscles?

Back muscles: Back muscles support spine from behind, abdominals support the body from the front.

Dr. Randy Stevens Dr. Stevens
Surgery
20 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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If someone had a muscle disorder, could it make the abdominal muscles weak enough to have hernias and tears?

Acquired, congenital: Hernias are from acquired conditions or congenital meaning you were born with it. Muscle disorders are rare while hernias are common. See a doctor first to determine if a hernia is really present and not just weakness of the muscle. A muscle weakness can be strengthened by exercise. A hernia can be fixed by surgery. Hope this helps.

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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I been exercise abs for 2 days and my muscles abdomen painful it is normal?

Yes: Yes, thus the expression "no pain, no gain". Lactic acid us commonly produced in anaerobic conditioning and can cause muscles to burn after a workout. As your muscles become more conditioned, they operate more efficiently and this will then usually occur less.

Dr. Thomas Deberardino Dr. Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Dr. Perry Milman Dr. Milman
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
44 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Lower right side abdominal pain since my splenectomy has increased more and they did not remove my appendix should I be worried?

Lower right side abdominal pain since my splenectomy has increased more and they did not remove my appendix should I be worried?

Check it out: Why did you have a splenectomy? I am not sure what the splenectomy has to do with right sided abdominal pain, but please have it checked out by your physician.

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Dr. Donald Colantino Dr. Colantino
Internal Medicine
57 years in practice
Tufts University School of Medicine
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29 yo female with two aneurysms in my splenic artery. Short of breath and pain in upper left abdominal area. Chance of rupture? Elective splenectomy?

29 yo female with two aneurysms in my splenic artery. Short of breath and pain in upper left abdominal area. Chance of rupture? Elective splenectomy?

Aneurysms: I believe your vascular surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and advise you as there may be no need to operate on these aneurysms unless they reach a certain size. I wouldn't expect shortness of breath to be related to the aneurysms unless they're leaking blood, but the left upper abdominal discomfort is of concern and the vascular surgeon's opinion about this is very important.

Dr. John Michalski Dr. Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Do abdominal muscles expand if you're bedridden?

Do abdominal muscles expand if you're bedridden?

Bedrest: Deconditioning will lessen abdominal tone and allow more physical bulging of the abdomen. They do not truly expand in this condition.

Dr. Keith Joe Dr. Joe
Orthopedic Surgery
15 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What would be a way to get strong lower abdominal muscles?

Spot training: Different abdominal exercises will focus some on different parts of the abdomen but best just to do a complete abdominal work out which will hit all areas. One of my favorites is the p90x ab ripper, only takes about 15 min and I try to do this 3 days per week. Great workout.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can you tell me how could I effectively strengthen my abdominal muscles?

Can you tell me how could I effectively strengthen my abdominal muscles?

Resistance training: There are a variety of exercises that will do this better than endless situps or crunches. I'm especially fond of cable crunches. Three sets of 10 reps each of the maximum weight you can handle. Ab muscles you can do daily.

Dr. Richard Makowiec Dr. Makowiec
Surgery - Hand Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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How can you tighten lower abdominal muscles?

How can you tighten lower abdominal muscles?

Exercise: A strong abdominal program and core exercises will build lower abdominal strength and "muscles." I would suggest working with a personal trainer but specifically those exercises that bring the legs up while keeping the pelvis stable will work on the lower abs (ie seated leg raises or alternating leg raises.).

Dr. Michael Bolesta Dr. Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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What is the recommended way to tone my abdominal muscles?

What is the recommended way to tone my abdominal muscles?

Crunches etc: Crunches are good for this. There are variations on this, and some health clubs & gyms have equipment (machines) that can help with this goal. Consider seeing a physical therapist or a trainer, especially if you are not used to this type of exercise.

Dr. Edward Hellman Dr. Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
25 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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What to do if my abdominal muscles hurt from using bathroom?

Hard to say: It is hard to say, consider being seen. Of you are saying that you are straining when you go to the bathroom and that is why your muscles hurt, then consider using a stool softener or a laxative. Thank you.

Dr. Ashok Mehta Dr. Mehta
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
University of Rajasthan, Sardar Patel Medical College
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How can I strengthen my abdominal muscles if I can't do crunches?

How can I strengthen my abdominal muscles if I can't do crunches?

Great question: You can do other exercises which can strengthen your abs, there is a jennifer anniston ab exercise video on you tube, which is a great indirect way to strengthen your ab.

Dr. Dann Byck Dr. Byck
Orthopedic Surgery
26 years in practice
University of Louisville School of Medicine
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What to use at the gym when trying to get better lower abdominal muscles?

Tried scissors?: Workouts that incorporate hip flexion, such as leg lifts, scissors, pulse-ups work the lower abs. Don't forget about your obliques which contribute to your 'v' as well.

Dr. David Bailie Dr. Bailie
Orthopedic Surgery
27 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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What is a general meal plan for getting your abdominal muscles more visible?

What is a general meal plan for getting your abdominal muscles more visible?

Eat clean: Eat small meals (200-300 cal) with lean protein, good fat and complex carb in a 40-20-40 % ratio 5-6 times per day with less carbs later in day. A you lose body fat you will see your abs. 6 pack abs is 80-90% diet and 10-20% workout.

Dr. Wayne Ingram Dr. Ingram
Obstetrics & Gynecology
years in practice
Wayne State University School of Medicine
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How long does it take abdominal muscles to heal after a maylard (sp) incision?

How long does it take abdominal muscles to heal after a maylard (sp) incision?

It depends: A maylard incision actually transects the anterior rectus abdominus muscles when making a "bikini" type incision. If the surgeon repairs the muscles and layers of the incision properly, it could be anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks to fully heal and if not more time.

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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One of my abdominal muscles is not straight and is smaller than the others. What should I do?

One of my abdominal muscles is not straight and is smaller than the others. What should I do?

Nothing: A certain degree of assymetry is the rule rather than the exception. Chances are this is completely normal.

Dr. Jon Krook
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Splenectomy (Definition)

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also ...Read more