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A 58-year-old male asked:

umbilical hernia belts?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Bad Option: The purpose of a hernia belt is to prevent intestine from getting incarcerated ("stuck") within the hernia. The umbilicus is a very difficult if not impossible area to support in this manner; if anywhere, belts are better for inguinal (groin) hernias. Not all umbilical hernias require surgery; but, if your symptoms are severe enough to consider a belt, you may want to see a hernia surgeon.
Dr. Buck Parker
General Surgery 17 years experience
I agree: The belts for umbilical hernias just don't do what they are supposed to. If it is uncomfortable for you, you should see a general surgeon.

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Should I eat more lighter meals rather less heavy meals to lessen my hiatal hernia symptoms?

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Family Medicine 8 years experience
Yes: Eating smaller, more frequent meals can improve your hiatal hernia symptoms. Keep a food diary to make sure you don't overeat. Also try to eat only at meals, and avoid empty calories in snacks. Lastly, try to avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can significantly worsen reflux symptoms.
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How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
X-RAY, Endoscopy,etc: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity. This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy.
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Where are hiatal hernias located?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Diaphragm: The diaphragm is the dome-shaped muscle that separates the abdominal from the chest cavity. All people have a hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes; this is called the hiatus of the diaphragm. This hole can become enlarged, allowing the esophagus and stomach to yo-yo up into the chest, causing reflux (gerd).
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Is a hernia operation anything to worry about and are there any necessary precautions?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Risks vs. Benefits: Hernia surgery is very common and also very safe; however, no operation is risk-free. Therefore, the decision to have surgery requires balancing the benefits w/the risks--this is a conversation that you need to have w/a surgeon. In general, keeping one's weight down lowers the risk of hernia surgery. Of course, smoking increases the risk of any operation. Good luck.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

Can you wear a support belt when you have a umbilical hernia?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
My advice is to-: -have it repaired surgically and be done with it. Consult a general surgeon.

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