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Will my epigastric hernia go away if I lose weight?

Will my epigastric hernia go away if I lose weight?

No: It may not bother you as much, but will not go away without surgical repair. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Is it possible for an abdominal hernia, from losing weight, to go away?

Is it possible for an abdominal hernia, from losing weight, to go away?

Usually not: Because a hernia is a defect, a hole, in the abdominal wall supporting fascia. Losing weight will help to make surgery and anesthesia safer, and make your recovery easier. It will also minimize recurrence of hernia. But losing weight will not make the hole go away. ...Read more

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Will losing weight help my chances of avoiding hiatal hernia?

Will losing weight help my chances of avoiding hiatal hernia?

Yes: Obesity is a risk factor for hiatal hernia and you can avoid this by loosing weight. ...Read more

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Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

It should help.: Hiatal hernia is used synonymously with gerd, although one may have one without the other. If you are referring to heartburn, yes, weight loss can usually improve symptoms. ...Read more

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I had inguinal open/mesh repair 2 months ago. I plan to lose between 85-100 pounds over the next year. Will losing weight affect my hernia repair?

I had inguinal open/mesh repair 2 months ago. I plan to lose between 85-100 pounds over the next year. Will losing weight affect my hernia repair?

Hernia repair: No, weight loss shouldn't affect your repair. The weight loss will actually take pressure off of the repair site and lower the chance of complications. Best wishes on your weight loss journey! ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia taking nexium, (esomeprazole) but he is losing weight, loss of appetite, and sleeps a lot could this be more then a herni?

My husband was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia taking nexium, (esomeprazole) but he is losing weight, loss of appetite, and sleeps a lot could this be more then a herni?

Talk with your doc: Great question. When belly pain or any changes in our digestion are also associated with losing weight, it increases our level of our concern. If we feel bad, eat less, we will often lose weight. *but* it's important to check out other things too and make sure it's not the more worrisome things. Good for you! ...Read more

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Can loosing weight get rid of my hiatal hernia?

No: Losing weight will likely help symptoms of reflux. The hernia however will remain unless surgically corrected. ...Read more

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Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Is loosing weight initially associated with early symptom of ingenuial hernia? When abdominal wall weakens does blood test show anything?

Hernias: Hernias can protrude with weight loss. The fat that was plugging the opening may shrink and allow fat or abdominal organs to protrude. You should start with a physical exam to see if your hernia can be felt. A general surgeon or general internist can examine you. If it is small, an ultrasound or ct scan can image the hernia. Blood tests will not help. ...Read more

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Can hernia make you lose weight?

Not usual: BUT depends on location, size, pain, and associated symptoms.

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Is it easier to lose weight after having a hernia repaired?

Is it easier to lose weight after having a hernia repaired?

Lose before: Better to lose your weight before the surgery in order to have better results. ...Read more

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Will a hernia shrink as you lose weight on a diet?

Will a hernia shrink as you lose weight on a diet?

No: A hernia is essentially a hole in your abdominal wall musculature. Therefore once it is present there is nothing you can do to make the hole shrink or disappear on its own. Surgical repair is required. ...Read more

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Which is the most ultimate diet to lose weight for hernia operation?

Which is the most ultimate diet to lose weight for hernia operation?

Calorie restriction: Limit calorie intake to 1200-1500/day. You must count the calories of everything that goes in your mouth. Avoid carbohydrates. Walk 30 minutes per day at least 5 days per week. Stay hydrated and take a multivitamin daily. Guaranteed to work if you do this, but its a lot easier said than done. If you have the mindset you will do anything it takes to get the weight off, you will do it! Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do I have lose weight for a hernia operation?

Obesity ; Surgery: Anatomy. Abdominal pressure on the wound. To avoid the wound opening up during healing. For oxygen to get to the injured tissue to heal best. I am not sure why you would not automatically understand this. And, for that reason I am happy you reached out to us here on health tap. ...Read more

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Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

Docs, could a small hiatal hernia caused by being overweight go away once the weight is lost?

No: Short answer is no, but small hiatal hernias are usually asymptomatic, and not dangerous anyway. Large hiatal hernias can be dangerous, and sometimes require surgical repair. Weight loss could help a small one from becoming a large one. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a ventral hernia and want to lose weight. How can I exercise without hurting?

I have a ventral hernia and want to lose weight. How can I exercise without hurting?

Aerobic Exercise: Weight loss is primarily related to reducing caloric intake and increasing aerobic activity, in that order of importance. Neither of those should be affected by the presence of a ventral hernia. While building muscle mass may improve one's metabolic rate, this needs to be balanced by the effect that heavy lifting has on the hernia. Have you considered hernia repair? ...Read more

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I just had my umbilical hernia operated I have not eatten from23 days but I have not lose any weight please tell me how I can lose weight?

I just had my umbilical hernia operated I have not eatten from23 days but I have not lose any weight please tell me how I can lose weight?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done (weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/ (depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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My umilical hernia repaired. 7 months ago. Now I m very fat what are risk? How to lose weight my weight is 84 kg. And my age 20 years old. .

My umilical hernia repaired. 7 months ago. Now I m very fat what are risk? How to lose weight my weight is 84 kg. And my age 20 years old. .

Need 2 calculate BMI: Your body mass index (bmi) calculation may be helpful in determining if you're too heavy (>25), too thin (<18), or just right (19-25). Obesity is defined as bmi >30. There are of course a lot of other consideration when figuring out what your ideal weight should be: activity, illness, age, plans for surgery, etc. It's good you're thinking "healthy" here...Now do some homework to plan strategy. ...Read more

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Can Hiatal Hernia resolve on own? If I lose weight (5'3) and 150 lbs, and if I eat better? I cant stand the pressure it gives me.

The hernia: Is actually a defect through which a portion of your stomach protrudes through an opening in your diaphragm causing heartburn or gastric distress. I agree that weight loss is a smart idea to relieve symptoms and the use of acid inhibitors like Pepcid, (famotidine) Zegerid or Prilosec will help. ...Read more

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Will I lose weight after umbilical hernia surgery?

Will I lose weight after umbilical hernia surgery?

Up to you: Only if you exercise more and eat less. Weight loss is a matter of calories burned being greater than calories consumed. Hernia surgery closes or occludes a defect but has nothing to do with weight loss. ...Read more

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I am 57 yo had umbilical hernia, surgery want to start working out to lose weight how long should I wait have not workout in over 20 yrs?

I am 57 yo had umbilical hernia, surgery want to start working out to lose weight how long should I wait have not workout in over 20 yrs?

6 weeks: The surgeon that performed the hernia repair should provide individual recommendations for returning to activity after surgery. In our practice, we recommend 6 weeks of 10 lb weight lifting limitations with a gradual return to increased activity afterward. Especially after 20 years, you need to use caution when restarting an exercise program and would benefit from working with a licensed trainer. ...Read more

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How long can tissue be caught in a hernia before it becomes dead tissue, the doctor I saw said he wouldn't do the surgery til I lose weight?

How long can tissue be caught in a hernia before it becomes dead tissue, the doctor I saw said he wouldn't do the surgery til I lose weight?

No set time.: Whether tissue in a hernia dies or not is dependent on several variables. The biggest risk factor for strangulation (dead tissue) is whether it is incarcerated (stuck) in the hernia or not. If it is reducible or can be pushed back in, then the risk of dying is very low. Another big factor is the size of the hernia. Actually the bigger the hole, the lower the risk of the tissue dying. ...Read more

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I raised my bed, changed my diet, im trying to lose weight (weigh 150)5'3 all fat in abdominal area, on protonix (pantoprazole) can I fix my hernia doing these things?

I raised my bed, changed my diet, im trying to lose weight (weigh 150)5'3 all fat in abdominal area, on protonix (pantoprazole) can I fix my hernia doing these things?

Losing weight always: Helps to maintain our ideal weight, as it reduces stress load on our body globally. Depends what type of hernia you have? Hiatal? Please specify. What did your upper GI endoscopy reveal? Good to have this info too. ...Read more

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Should an obese person with a recurrent inguinal hernia lose weight before having surgery?

Should an obese person with a recurrent inguinal hernia lose weight before having surgery?

Always helpful: Losing weight is helpful to make operations easier to do, hence presumably have better outcomes. You should consider a laparoscopic approach by an experienced laparoscopic hernia surgeon for a recurrence. This is better than an open approach in most cases of recurrence and obesity. ...Read more

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Are hernias & weight loss related? My boss had one after gastric bypass. I am doing ww to lose weight. I have a hiatal hernia too. Had lost a lot b4.

Anatomy: I do not get the question and am trying to understand it from your point of view.

Being obese or significantly over weight increases the likelihood of all kinds of hernias. But, a hiatal hernia is very different than an umbilical or abdominal wall hernia.

I see no connection between any kind of hernia and the ability to lose weight. ...Read more

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I have a belly button hernia. My stomach feels and looks like I swallowed a watermelon. I can't lose weight and alot of stomach pain. What should I do?

I have a belly button hernia. My stomach feels and looks like I swallowed a watermelon. I can't lose weight and alot of stomach pain. What should I do?

Hernia Repair: If you have an umbilical (Belly Button) hernia and you're having pain, you should have surgery to repair the problem. Following surgery and healing, you'll be able to exercise without pain or risk of hernia incarceration (intestines getting "stuck" in the hernia). The combination of diet modification and exercise will allow you to lose weight. Liposuction after achieving goal weight if necessary. ...Read more

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Hydrocele from hernia, how long to go away?

Hydrocele: A postoperative hydrocele after hernia repair may take months to resolve depending on the size of the hernia prior to repair. If it has not resolved within six months, it may need to be excised. ...Read more

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Can a ingunial hernia go away on its own or with meds?

Can a ingunial hernia go away on its own or with meds?

Not usually: Umbilical hernias in infants can go away on their own by age 4-5. The only way a hernia goes away in adults is with a surgical repair. The reason for repair is to prevent it from getting worse and/or relief of symptoms. You'll have to weigh the risks/ benefits for yourself. See a general surgeon for more education. Find one interested in hernia at the Americas Hernia Society website. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more