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Can weight loss improve a hiatal hernia?

Can weight loss improve a hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Yes. Theoretically weight loss decreases intraabdominal fat and reduces pressure and reflux symptoms and may modify the hiatal hernia. Improvement in muscle tone in the abdomen is also a factor. ...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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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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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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After having gastric bypass surgery in December of 2016, I now have a hiatal hernia. Could this be the cause of slow weight loss?

After having gastric bypass surgery in December of 2016, I now have a hiatal hernia. Could this be the cause of slow weight loss?

Possible reflux: Many gastric bypass patients experience alteration in GI emptying due to their new surgical connections. When ingested food then regurgitates or refluxes, burning or chest discomfort may result. Talk to your physicians about whether an acid blocker medicine should be tried or further investigation is warranted. Typically, uncomplicated hiatal hernias do not alter efforts at weight loss however. ...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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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.

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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Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

Does hiatal hernia cause diarrhea and weight loss?

Variable: When large, hiatal hernias can cause chest pain and pressure, and difficulty swallows which could reduce food intake and lead to weight loss. If the colon was also involved with the hiatal hernia, bowel movements could be affected, but this is uncommon. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia cause visual peristalsis? If not, what can cause that? I have pain in stomach, heartburn, nausea, weight loss.

Can hiatal hernia cause visual peristalsis? If not, what can cause that? I have pain in stomach, heartburn, nausea, weight loss.

Pain, heartburn, .: The symptoms you describe indicates that you need to see your primary doctor sometime soon to try and determine the cause of your symptoms.

Your doctor may need to refer you to a gastroenterologist.

Don't delay too long! ...Read more

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Symptoms: vomiting blood, 2 egds reveal hiatal hernia, severe inflammation of esophagus and duodenum. Weight loss of 15 lbs in 2 months. What's wrong?

Symptoms: vomiting blood, 2 egds reveal hiatal hernia, severe inflammation of esophagus and duodenum. Weight loss of 15 lbs in 2 months. What's wrong?

Maybe paraesophageal: This coul be due to a large hiatal hernia known as a paraesophageal hernia. This generally requires surgical repair by a surgeon with extensive experience in laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia 28f abdominal pain worse when stomache is pushed on weightloss. Loss of appetite also have fatty tumor in colon need answers?

Not enough info: Hiatal hernia and colonic fatty tumors called lipomas are common findings in healthy people. It would be uncommon for these to be the cause of your weight loss and tenderness. This should be discussed further with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can loosing weight get rid of my hiatal hernia?

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 it ok to lift weights with a small sliding hiatal hernia?

Is it ok to lift weights with a small sliding hiatal hernia?

Yes: Yes just breathe well and try not to hold your breath while straining ...Read more

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Is it okay to lift weights and do bodybuilding if you have a hiatal hernia with minimal symptoms?

See your doctor: A hiatus hernia is very common condition which usually does not cause symptoms or problems. If it does, you should be evaluated by your physician and she/he can frequently treat the problem effectively according to your symptoms. ...Read more

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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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Can my weight be a factor in hiatal hernia?

Can my weight be a factor in hiatal hernia?

Ansolutely: Some symptoms resolve with significant weight loss. ...Read more

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How long can I lift weight again after a hiatal hernia repair with linx a linx device? No nissen fundoplication.

How long can I lift weight again after a hiatal hernia repair with linx a linx device? No nissen fundoplication.

Great question but: ...the answer is best targeted to your circumstance. Please call you surgeon for the response most appropriate to you: for instance, whether the LINX device resulted in any swallowing trouble or other post-operative concerns. Ref: http://www.surgery.usc. Edu/uppergi-general/gastroesophagealrefluxdisease-linx-beforeduringafter. Html ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia- I am also at my highest weight (5'3 weighing 153 lb) almost all fat in stomach. If I lost weight, will it help hernia & GERD?

The loss will help: Hiatal Hernias are common and can often exacerbate GERD. Weight is on huge (sorry for the pun) factor due to abdominal pressure. The use of alcohol also exacerbates the GERD by lowering the pressure of the esophageal sphincter as well being a source of calories. Lose the weight-it has so many positive effects beyond control of the GERD. ...Read more

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Can weight loss reverse a ventral hernia?

Can weight loss reverse a ventral hernia?

No: A hernia is amechanical problem that won't go away with weight loss. Weight loss before hernia surgery, however, is very important for an effective repair. ...Read more

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Can I have weight loss surgery if I have an umbilical hernia?

Can I have weight loss surgery if I have an umbilical hernia?

Yes: An umbilical hernia is not a reason to not have weight loss surgery - the hernia can usually be fixed at the time if weight loss surgery as well. ...Read more

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I had a very large incisional hernia repair 12 weeks ago that failed. I am 5'2" and 230 lbs. How much weight loss is recommended before I try again?

I had a very large incisional hernia repair 12 weeks ago that failed. I am 5'2" and 230 lbs. How much weight loss is recommended before I try again?

As much as possible: The best results are when you are as lean as possible. If you are going for it again make sure that you find a surgeon that performs complicated redo hernias. ...Read more

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Hiatus hernia causing weight loss only in waist and torso. Eating more doesn't help, and I take probiotics regularly. Solutions?

Hiatus hernia causing weight loss only in waist and torso. Eating more doesn't help, and I take probiotics regularly. Solutions?

Unrelated issues: There is no substitution for a healthy, well-balanced diet, regardless if the goal is weight gain or loss. Weight gain is achieved if the individual takes in more calories than he/she burns; weight loss happens when calories burned exceed calorie intake. Exercise to improve toning, reduce cravings ; stress, assist in body self-image. Unfortunately, you can't pick where (or not) you gain the weight. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Lose 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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more