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Will 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
I've started exercising for 30 mins morning + 30 mins evening daily after being diagnosed with hiatel hernia to loose weight. Is this routine harmful?
A exercise program: Is best followed by your doc so that it is a good fit for you. W/out knowing your body weight and other medical data one cannot determine if this is a good program for you specifically. In general, it sounds good. Peace and good health. Low carb and higher protein works well for some. As your doc about it. Bon Chance! ...Read more
Hernia surgery obese: Diabetes does complicated surgical procedures. It affects wound healing, ability to fight off infection, and is often linked to other medical problems like heart disease that can increase the risk of operations. Prior to any elective surgery, the blood sugars should be under control. A parallel issue is the hernia surgery, where we see a higher recurrence rate across the board in obese patients. ...Read more
Hi doc male with 220 lbs 6ft height have insicional hernia below belly button from 5yrs, not painful. What exercise should I take to loose weight :-)?
Doesn't matter: Your should limit calorie intake to 1200-1500/ day, stay hydrated, take a multivitamin, and do any exercise for at least 30' for at least 5 days per week. When in your target weight range, increase calories by 300 per say until weight is stable. Weigh yourself monthly, not daily or weekly. See a general surgeon for a consultation about your hernia to find out more about that. Good luck! ...Read more
Wall hernia throw up everything she eats lately could the hernia be related. Cant have surgery until she loses weight?
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
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?
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
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
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
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