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Can a acupuncture help with a hiatal hernia?

Can a acupuncture help with a hiatal hernia?

No: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle through which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdominal cavity. Acupuncture would have no effect on this anatomical abnormality. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

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. ...Read more

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How is a hiatal hernia repaired?

How is a hiatal hernia repaired?

Laparoscopic Surgery: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. A hiatal hernia may lead to gerd by virtue of the stomach yo-yo-ing up thru the hiatus into the chest. Surgical repair involves three key steps: return the stomach to the abdominal cavity, tighten the hole in the diaphragm, and create a new valve to rx reflux. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia get smaller?

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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How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia how can I cure it?

Hiatal hernia how can I cure it?

Operation: The only "cure" or a hiatal hernia I to have it surgically repaired. I would look for a general or thoracic surgeon with extensive experience performing thi procedure laparoscopically. You may need some testing before operation as well. ...Read more

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How do you know you have a hiatal hernia?

Scope vs X-ray: There are multiple ways to make this diagnosis, but the most common ways are upper endoscopy (a camera inserted into your mouth and stomach) or some type of x-ray. Often you will drink a dye and have an "esophagram" test. Ct scans can often show large hiatal hernias as well, but may not show a small one. Talk to your doctor to see what's best for you. ...Read more

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What happens during hiatal hernia attack?

Hiatal Hernia: A hiatal hernia is a condition in which part of the stomach or other abdominal contents sticks upward into the chest, through an opening in the diaphragm. When these organs become trapped they can lose their blood supply and an emergent operation is required. ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia tips and tricks, what to do?

Complex: Hiatal hernia is a spectrum of disease from mild with no symptoms, to a severe, life threatening condition. Large hernias are also called paraesophageal, and can be associated with progressive symptoms of difficulty swallowing, sensation of food sticking in the lower chest, vomiting, chest pain/pressure, anemia, and weight loss. Consider a consult w/ an experienced laparoscopic surgeon if present. ...Read more

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Hi. What should I do to cure hiatal hernia?

Hi. What should I do to cure hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Most hiatal hernias are managed with diet and medications. Some are surgically repaired. The nuances of your case, your symptoms will be addressed by your doc. Okay to go in for evaluation. Unfortunately there is no easy cure. ...Read more

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What are some ways to relieve a hiatal hernia?

What are some ways to relieve a hiatal hernia?

See your doctor: Symptoms like these are best deterimed by a thorough evaluation by your physician. Based on his/her findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of a hiatal hernia?

Heartburn: Not all hiatal hernias are symptomatic, but can explain symptoms if present. Commonly have heartburn, sore throat in morning, maybe even chest pain (from esophagus). Gerd (reflux disease) may even make asthma worse. See your doctor. Treatment usually starts with acid-reducing meds, with further studies like endoscopy or radiograph ordered at your doctor's discretion. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a hiatal hernia to you?

Requires testing: A hiatal hernia can be suggested by symptoms. The only way to know if you have a hiatal hernia is through testing - a barium swallow or upper endoscopy/egd are two ways to test for it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hiatal hernia?

Stomach in chest: A hiatal hernia is by definition the ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the hiatus in the diaphragm. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia be fatal?

Essentially No: Unless the hernia is so large that nearly all the stomach is in the chest and a gastric volvulous occurs (rare) needing emergency surgery. Heartburn ; reflux symptoms are usually treated medically. Elective surgery for some situations. Be sure you see a doctor for the proper testing. ...Read more

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I have a hiatal hernia. Why want the doctors remove it?

Surgery isn't usually: Needed. Any time an internal body part pushes into an area where it doesn't belong, it's called a hernia. There are 2 types of hiatal hernias, sliding and paraesophageal. Many times there are no symptoms, other times symptoms can be heartburn secondary to gerd. In sliding hiatal hernias, no surgery would be indicated. In some cases in a paraesophageal hernia, surgery is needed, discuss with md. ...Read more

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I'm having bad pain from my hiatal hernia. What should I do?

I'm having bad pain from my hiatal hernia. What should I do?

See a doctor: How do you know that the pain you are feeling is related to a hiatal hernia? A hiatal hernia is usually not painful unless it is so large that most of the stomach is in the chest. See a doctor for evaluation to identify the source & treatment options for your pain. ...Read more

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Can someone who has experienced hiatal hernia surgury please describe what it's like?

Hiatal surgery: If done laparoscopically usually not associated with major issues. Depends if it is a nissen fundoplication (full wrap) or a toilet (partial wrap) this is determined by manometry test and if the test is normal then can have full wrap. A condition called gastric bloat can occur if the wrap is to tight. Usually manifested as not being able to belch. This can be a problem needing surg. ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause nausea?

Unlikely: Hiatal hernias do not usually cause symptoms. In some cases, though, hiatal hernias cause stomach acid to leak into the esophagus. This is called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux, and it can cause symptoms, including:

●burning in the chest, known as heartburn
●burning in the throat or an acid taste in the throat
●stomach or chest pain
●trouble swallowing ●a raspy voice or a sore throat. ...Read more

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Is a hiatal hernia repair effective?

Is a hiatal hernia repair effective?

Yes: Of course there area many factors to consider, but most importantly is what the goals of the repair are - resolution of symptoms or prevention from getting worse or both. In general, hiatal hernia repair should have a 90-95% success rate. ...Read more

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Is arnica montana for hiatal hernia?

Not recommended: Arnica montana is sometimes grown in herb gardens and has long been used medicinally. It contains the toxin helenalin, which can be poisonous if large amounts of the plant are eaten. It produces severe gastroenteritis and internal bleeding of the digestive tract if enough material is ingested. No herbal remedy has conclusively shown benefits for hiatal hernia symptoms when studied scientifically. ...Read more

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Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

Does hiatal hernia cause chest pain?

It can: Large hiatal hernias, known as paraesophageal hernias, can cause chest pain, and the feeling there is a balloon inside that needs to burst. They can also cause difficulty eating, weight loss, and anemia, and sometimes heartburn and vomiting. Small hiatal hernias do not cause pain. An upper GI contrast study can tell the difference. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause constipation?

Not likely: Hiatal hernias cause heartburn and regurgitation and other swallowing issues but not constipation. ...Read more

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How long does hiatal hernia repair last?

Long time: It should last for a lifetime. Having said that, it is common to have asymptomatic herniation of a small portion of the stomach back in to the chest. Thi is almost always without consequence, and only detectable with an upper GI contrast x-ray and/or endoscopy. Recurrences requiring another operation occur about 5% of the time. ...Read more

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Could large hiatal hernia be missed on x-ray?

Yes: A regular chest x-ray should reveal a large hiatal hernia, but if done for another purpose it could be missed. Ct scan can also miss this if they are looking for something else. Very unlikely to be missed on an upper GI contrast study or esophagram. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more