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Are there different types of hiatal hernias?

Are there different types of hiatal hernias?

Yes: A hiatal hernia can involve the lower esophagus and stomach herniating into the chest through the esophageal hiatus. A different type is a paraesohageal hernia, where the the gastro-esophageal junction is normally positioned but part of the stomach or other intestine herniates into the chest next to the esophagus. ...Read more

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How are hiatal and inguinal hernia different?

How are hiatal and inguinal hernia different?

Location: A hiatal hernia occurs in the diaphragm, so that abdominal organs end up in the chest (usually just part of the stomach). An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin. The treatments are different, although both can be approached without a long traditional incision (laparoscopic surgery). ...Read more

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On my gastroscopy i found out i had (translated) "hernia in the cardia" is that the same thing as hiatal hernia but a different word?

On my gastroscopy i found out i had (translated) "hernia in the cardia" is that the same thing as hiatal hernia but a different word?

Believe so: The gastric cardia is the very upper part of the stomach just below the esophagus. As such, it is commonly involved in hiatal hernias. Therefore, I think that is exactly what your doctor was describing. ...Read more

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What type of pain can I expect with the large hematoma pressing against my surgical incision from the hiatal .Hernia repair ?

What type of pain can I expect with the large hematoma pressing against my surgical  incision from the hiatal .Hernia repair ?

Hard 2 Answer: It is often very difficult to sort out incisional pain from pain secondary to the operation performed. Was your operation laparoscopic or open?...How long ago?...How big of a hematoma?...Was mesh used? The best person to answer this question is your surgeon. I assume that he/she is keeping a close eye on your situation. In general, severe pain mandates close follow-up. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia or lupus make me feel pain differently? I have a small hiatal hernia i wake with intense pain in this area. Dxgasrtopsrisis&ibs also.

Can fibromyalgia or lupus make me feel pain differently? I have a small hiatal hernia i wake with intense pain in this area. Dxgasrtopsrisis&ibs also.

Generally No: If your hiatal hernia is causing pain, then generally the fibromyalgia doesn't heighten this pain at all. The pains may overlap but the intense pain is usually associated with other pathology and the dull aching pain may be associated with the firbromyalgia. Again this is just all supposition, i would suggest being evaluated by a specialist to see if there is any truth to this. ...Read more

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Gurgling tummy, nausea,hurts in different spots, gas, smelly BM. History of CDiff, diverticulitis, ulcers, hiatal hernia, sludge in gallbladder. CT ok?

Gurgling tummy, nausea,hurts in different spots, gas, smelly BM. History of CDiff, diverticulitis, ulcers, hiatal hernia, sludge in gallbladder. CT ok?

Not OK!: You report a number of medical concerns and complaints so you must, as soon as possible, make an appointment to see your primary doctor. Much of your complaints can be carefully controlled. ...Read more

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What is hernia hiatal?

What is hernia hiatal?

Hiatal hernia: Is a defect in the diagphragm, which separates the chest from the abdominal cavities. Most are the sliding type, which does not require surgery most of the time. But some are paraesophageal type, which require surgery in order to prevent strangulation, a devastating complication. Consult a surgeon for specific advice about your case. ...Read more

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Where are hiatal hernias located?

Where are hiatal hernias located?

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). ...Read more

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What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

What are some causes of hiatal hernias?

Enlarged opening: A hiatal hernia occurs when the normal opening in the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to pass through stretches out and allows the stomach to herniate in to the chest. While genetics, trauma, and obesity can be contributing dactors, it is generally not possible to determine why some people develop them and others don't. ...Read more

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How do you stop recurrent hiatal hernias?

How do you stop recurrent hiatal hernias?

See below: There are certain risks for hernia recurrence, including increased intra-abdominal pressure (e.g. Obesity, heavy weight lifting, constipation, chronic cough), poor tissue healing (e.g. Diabetes, malnutrition, being on steroids) and poor technique during previous repair. If you try to remove as many of the risk factors as you can, you will optimize your chances of not having a recurrence. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hiatal hernias to become serious? Do any particular symptoms show when this happens?

How long does it take for hiatal hernias to become serious? Do any particular symptoms show when this happens?

Hiatal hernia: Hiatal hernias do not go away with time. They either stay the same in size or get larger. You only need surgery if you have gerd/ heartburn that isn't controlled with medication. Also, if you have barrett's esophagus, that is an indication for surgery as well since that is a precancerous condition. ...Read more

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What is hiatal hernia?

What is hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: A hiatal hernia is a laxity or defect of the diaphragm where the esophagus travels through the back of the chest into the abdominal cavity and your stomach. Some patients have heartburn associated with hiatal hernias while some do not. ...Read more

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What causes hiatal hernia?

Stretched diaphragm : There is normally a hole in the diaphragm through which passes the esophagus. The diaphragm separates the abdominal and chest cavities, and the chest cavity is like a vacuum. When the normal opening stretches out and becomes large enough, the stomach gets "sucked" into the chest slowly. Why some get this and others don't is largely a mystery. ...Read more

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What causes a hiatal hernia?

Unknown: The hiatus is the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to go from the chest to the abdominal cavity. A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of this opening thru which the stomach can slip up into the chest. This is found in 15% of people & rarely causes symptoms. It is unclear if this develops before birth and/or develops in response to elevated abdominal pressure. ...Read more

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What is a hiatal hernia?

Hole in diaphragm: The diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest- from the abdominal cavity. Many structures have to go thru the diaphragm in order to enter into the abdominal cavity, including the esophagus, the aorta, and the vena cava. The hiatus is the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes. This can enlarge, allowing the stomach to "yo-yo" up into the chest: this is called a hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia get smaller?

No: Hiatal hernias don't resolve. Fortunately, most do not cause symptoms or problems. They often enlarge with time, but not always. ...Read more

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