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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

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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For what reasons might an abdominal hernia make me gain weight?

For what reasons might an abdominal hernia make me gain weight?

It won't: A hernia is essentially a hole in the muscle layer if the abdominal wall through which intra-abdominal contents can protrude. This by itself does not have any impact on weight gain. If there is intestine trapped in it and causing pain made worse by eating, it can be associated with weight loss however. ...Read more

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I have had an abdominal hernia mesh repair can lifying weight cause a diverification recti will physiotherapy help or cause more problems?

I have had an abdominal hernia mesh repair can lifying weight cause a diverification recti will physiotherapy help or cause more problems?

Unclear?: Not sure what your question is, but in general, you're activity level should be based on pain and discomfort, not the fact that you had a hernia repair or a diastasis recti. By the way, the diastasis will not get better with exercise. The exercise will however probably make you feel better. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is it ok to golf with abdominal hernia?

Is it ok to golf with abdominal hernia?

Depends: If the hernia has been evaluated by a surgeon and you decided not to have it repaired, then it should be ok if it golfing does not cause you pain. If it was advised to have it repaired due to symptoms and size, then I would not recommend golf or any other heavy physical activity. ...Read more

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Can someone cure abdominal hernia without surgery?

Can someone cure abdominal hernia without surgery?

No: The only situation I am aware of to where this occurs is umbilical or belly button hernias in children. They usually close by age 4-5. ...Read more

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Are there any natural cures for a abdominal hernia?

Are there any natural cures for a abdominal hernia?

What is natural.?: Hernia is a physical defect in the muscle. It can be closed with surgery. Is that natural for you?
No other real options.

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Doing crunches caused upper abdominal hernia, help?

Doing crunches caused upper abdominal hernia, help?

Physical exam: You should see you primary care provider to find out if it is a hernia or a simple separation of the "six pack" muscles without an actual hole, or hernia. The latter is called diastasis recti, and I'm sure you can find photos of this on the internet. Need an exam to find out for sure. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can an abdominal hernia rupture by pushing it back in?

Can an abdominal hernia rupture by pushing it back in?

Stuck hernia?: It will usually not ruptue. If it hurts and there is reddness around the area do not try to push it back in because the there might be bowel stuck and it can be damaged. So best thing to do is go to an emergency room if a hernia gets "stuck". ...Read more

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What is the chance of an abdominal hernia after surgery?

What is the chance of an abdominal hernia after surgery?

Common: The incidence of incisional hernias is quite variable depending upon the operation (midline incisions have the highest risk) and the health of the patient. Factors that increase the risk include obesity, smoking, wound infections, malnutrition, heavy lifting, etc. Following a midline incision, hernia rates have been published as low as 5% and as high as 20% incidence. ...Read more

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How can I treat abdominal hernia without undergoing surgery?

How can I treat abdominal hernia without undergoing surgery?

You can't truly: The only cure for an abdominal hernia is surgical repair. One can wear an external support which supports the abdominal wall but this is an external support and doesn't repair the defect. ...Read more

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Can wearing abdominal support during exercising prevent recurrent abdominal hernia?

No: A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall musculature (technically in the tough tissue overlying muscle). Some people are prone to developing hernias even after having repairs. However, it can help with comfort during exercise. Your best bet is to use proper lifting technique and develop strong core muscles. Don't give up exercise, it is good for your health in too many ways to list! ...Read more

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Can an abdominal hernia cause internal bleeding?

Can an abdominal hernia cause internal bleeding?

Not directly: The most common type of hernia (in the groin) would not cause intestinal bleeding unless the intestine were strangled in the hernia -- and this would cause many more problems than simple bleeding. Hiatal herniae can facilitate acid refluxing into the esophagus which may lead to ulcers or erosions which may case esophageal bleeding, but not usually intestinal. Why do you ask? ...Read more

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Is it safe to travel and with a large abdominal hernia?

Yes: You should base your decision to travel with the hernia on the presence, frequency and severity of symptoms. The worse it is, the less likely you should travel. Also, longstanding hernias give you a history to reflect on, whereas newly developed hernias are more unknown. You also have to consider the method of and distance of travel, and what the healthcare system is like where you are going. ...Read more

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Can a abdominal hernia be repaired the same time as gallbladder surgery?

Can a abdominal hernia be repaired the same time as gallbladder surgery?

Yes: Yes, but it depends on what type of hernia in terms of location and severity. A groin hernia or complex hernia would probably not be best to do at the same time. A relatively straightforward umbilical or incisional hernia can be done at the same time, but it also depends on the condition of the gallbladder. Discuss with your surgeon to find out what's best for you. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal hernia be dangerous? Does it cause any pain? Patient has esld as well.

Can an abdominal hernia be dangerous? Does it cause any pain? Patient has esld as well.

It's Complicated: End-stage liver disease is often accompanied by ascites, which is a bad combination with hernias. Surgery is reserved for the rare hernia where the risk of not fixing it is higher than the high risk of surgery (incarcerated hernias, severe pain). ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to have sex after 5weeks of giving birth with abdominal hernia?

Is it possible for me to have sex after 5weeks of giving birth with abdominal hernia?

Yes: Yes it is possible. You should however limit your activity based in pain and discomfort as it relates to the hernia. If you find it isnlimitin your activity, see your doctor for an exam. May also need a consultation with a general surgeon. ...Read more

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Why do I need to get a CT scan for abdominal hernia?

Why do I need to get a CT scan for abdominal hernia?

Depends: Not all patients with hernias need a ct scan. I do not know your specific situation. It depends on where the hernia may be located, whether the hernia is related to previous surgery or a recurrent hernia. If the surgeon needs to see more details for surgery planning, the ct scan would then be helpful. ...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