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Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Indirectly, at best.

A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity.
It is often used interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia.

In brief: Indirectly, at best.

A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity.
It is often used interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology

In brief: No effect

Exercise cannot improve the anatomical defect of a hiatal hernia.
However losing weight, if overweight or obese, may lessen reflux though the hiatal hernia through lesser external presssure.

In brief: No effect

Exercise cannot improve the anatomical defect of a hiatal hernia.
However losing weight, if overweight or obese, may lessen reflux though the hiatal hernia through lesser external presssure.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
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