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weight loss exercise suggestions for someone with a large hernia

Answered on July 04, 2016
Created June 19, 2011 at 11:34 PM

Hello guys and girls.

I'm looking for some help with this. My farther is not a well man. He is very overweight (European size XXXL shirts to give you a picture), his blood sugar is border line diabetic, he smokes what appears to be 10 a day and he has a hernia the size of a football that the doctors seem to be dragging their heals about operating on it (I'm not sure why - there may be a legitimate reason, though I can't think of one). He's a mess to say the least.

I know that if he carries on this way for much longer he'll probably have a heart attack or something else awful. I can't just watch him do this to himself without trying to intervene. I'll obviously be getting him on a very low Carb version of the Paleo diet but what I'm asking is for some exercises that I can do with him without risking doing further dammage to the hernia on his belly.

I was thinking press ups against a wall with just his body weight and maybe box squats. But I don't really know if this could cause more harm than good. Are these good exercises for someone in his condition? Can you recommended anything else? Have you helped someone in a similar position? He is a very proud man and so any exercises that he can do in the privacy of his own home would be best I think.

Thank you so much for your help in advance. Any advice is welcome.

Regards

Nick Kinsella

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on June 20, 2011
at 07:22 PM

A little over a year. I experimented with including safe starches over the holidays and it didn't work well for my metabolism...

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on June 20, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Mind if I ask how long you've been Paleo?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:40 AM

walking is fine now. It wont hurt the hernia.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:31 AM

If he lives in the UK its called risk benefit analysis. He presents them more risks than the benefits he may get. So they decide to not operate. That is rationing care and its coming to America in 2014.

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on June 19, 2011
at 11:44 PM

The they probably dont want to do surgery is his weight and the fact he smokes.

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:07 AM

I would suggest starting with walking for 20-30 min/day. 5 days/week if he can do it...

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:32 AM

He needs to focus on strict paleo eating and back off on the exercise until he drops about 50 lbs. The exercise could strangle the hernia and cause a bigger problem.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on June 20, 2011
at 01:40 AM

walking is fine now. It wont hurt the hernia.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:54 AM

I started this journey at 400lbs and 4XL shirts.

I'm 330lbs now in 2XL shirts.

More than 50lbs of that loss was achieved without any exercise, excluding casual 2-3 mile walks 3 days a week.

Clean the diet. When he is 30-40lbs lighter, introduce some exercise.

6b72eeb3f0c98b487f712efcb5092c90

(293)

on June 20, 2011
at 05:06 AM

Mind if I ask how long you've been Paleo?

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 20, 2011
at 07:22 PM

A little over a year. I experimented with including safe starches over the holidays and it didn't work well for my metabolism...

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on June 20, 2011
at 12:27 AM

My husband is in the same boat - but his is softball size and he's down to a XXL now and they're re-evaluating him for surgery for when he reaches L - XL sizes. He has gone mostly Paleo with me, and has incorporated walking a 2 mile track 3 days a week (takes him about 45 minutes), doing 10-20 pushups and 10-20 air squats those same 3 days. This is about all he can do as lifting weights aggravates the hernia, causing it to "pop" out. He was told to lift little to no weight, but he works in a warehouse so he has found that lifting weights above his normal piece load (items between 5-20 lbs) is the excessive point to what he can handle so your dad may be able to lift 5-20 lbs for weight work (simple shoulder presses, rows maybe - anything that doesn't heavily involve the abdominal core). I am neither a doctor or trainer, just a wife, but this is what we live with.

The doctor told him flat out at the beginning (70 lbs ago) that he was not a good candidate for surgery because the weight of his gut would continue to pull on the muscles that were just surgically sewn together after the hernia was corrected. The pulling (and possible tearing) would be more painful than the hernia he currently lives with and that the weak structure could allow another hernia to develop, making surgery an exercise in futility.

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on July 04, 2016
at 09:53 AM

Yoga Hernia Exercises are useful for Hernia treatment without surgery because over 30% hernia surgery patients end up with a lifetime of pain and discomfort afterwards. Stitching muscles, though a quick fix, will impair the elasticity of the muscle.

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on November 04, 2011
at 08:15 PM

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but first, fix the diet...

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on November 04, 2011
at 07:55 PM

Nick,

Sorry to hear about your Dad. What's his BMI do you know? I am also overweight and BMI 34 I think which is not good, 109 kg and should be 73kg.

Here are some things that you may try BUT you can ask your doc if these things are advisable in your dads case.

First thing in the morning to drink a large glass of water so that it creates a weight in the stomach and then to step off maybe one or two steps and jolt the hernia back into place on landing, some people say this really works.

Eat small meals every few hours, no big meals and none after 7 or 8pm, 3hrs before going to sleep.

Walking briskly as long as possible, say 30 mins daily or more.

Massage the solar plexus area downwards softly and towards the left (stomach) see how he feels.

Practise abdominal breathing exercises, i.e. filling the lower belly everything under the breastbone and when breathing out slightly tense the abs whilst belly goes in, this can make him relax deeply as well and allow the diaphragm to sink down hopefully.

Don't laugh - get him to blow up balloons, the pressure needed to blow up the balloon will make his diaphragm work apparently, every few days change balloons as they get too elastic and easy to blow.

Get him to have good posture when walking, and sitting.

If possibly when he sits to defacate tell him to squat like the chinese do, it is awkward but it takes pressure off the hernia when going to the toilet, strain pushes the hernia up, he'll have to put his feet on the toilet. but worth trying for a while.

Prayer could help of course and even talking to his body like I love you and placing his hands on the solar plexus and asking the hernia to go down and softly massaging down, yeah I know not very practical but I think it's worth a go as well along with the other things I mean.

I would say CUT down on food intake, let that stomach shrink and complain, i.e. let it mumble and grumble and thats when to feed it again and not feed it when you feel like it's time to eat or feel bored or watching the game on TV or cause my wife made food or etc, but when your stomach complains and growls ... these are the things I am trying now, Good luck for your dad, tell him he's not the only one, others are in the same bloody boat as well, I'm not a great christian at all but I'll pray for him to be healed - let him know that, I mean that other people are sending good vibes I mean.

Seems though he's going to need an operation, in China I saw a diagram in a hospital of one operation and it seem's that the stomach is squeezed with a kind of band near the hernia area which makes sense, BUT if one doesn't eat and the stomach SHRINKS naturally surely that would either do the job or greatly reduce the problem?

Hope these help if I think of anything else I'll let you know.

Gerald

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on June 20, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Yep. Walking is the first step (sorry for the pun). Diet. Then, maybe add in some lightweight dumbbells but only if he shows progress on the walking and diet.

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