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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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I believe that I have a hiatal hernia due to the symptoms i have, what can I do to get rid of it? Also, can I do regular exercise i.E. Gym work.

I believe that I have a hiatal hernia due to the symptoms i have, what can I do to get rid of it? Also, can I do regular exercise i.E. Gym work.

Not likely: Your gastric symptoms should be treated by medications to reduce acid in the stomach. Only severe hiatal hernia symptoms need surgical repair. Most of them can be managed by lifestyle changes (weight loss, cessation of tobacco and alcohol, regular exercise etc). Gym should be fine. Hopefully you have had an upper endoscopy and xray studies to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

Will losing weight reverse my hiatal hernia symptoms?

It should help.: Hiatal hernia is used synonymously with gerd, although one may have one without the other. If you are referring to heartburn, yes, weight loss can usually improve symptoms. ...Read more

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My husband was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia taking nexium, (esomeprazole) but he is losing weight, loss of appetite, and sleeps a lot could this be more then a herni?

My husband was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia taking nexium, (esomeprazole) but he is losing weight, loss of appetite, and sleeps a lot could this be more then a herni?

Talk with your doc: Great question. When belly pain or any changes in our digestion are also associated with losing weight, it increases our level of our concern. If we feel bad, eat less, we will often lose weight. *but* it's important to check out other things too and make sure it's not the more worrisome things. Good for you! ...Read more

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Can having a hiatal hernia prevent one from getting a lap-band?

No: Hiatal hernias do not preclude placement of the lap-band. The band itself can help relieve the symptoms of gerd (reflux). Rarely, a large hiatal hernia will be repaired at the same time as band placement. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the treatment for hiatal hernia's?

Depends: On the size ; type of hiatal hernia. Most commonly medications are used to decrease acid in the stomach, avoid eating late at night or several hours before lsyonyg down. Sometimes surgical repair is indicated for some types of hiatal hernia. Newer non-invasive procedures are being developed. ...Read more

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Suggestions on pharm treatment for soa secondary to hiatal hernia?

Several: Reduce reflux: elevate head of bed. Small meals and not late into evening before sleep. No smoking control weight then antacids, blockers etc. ...Read more

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Are there surgeries that could prevent me from having another hiatal hernia?

Are there surgeries that could prevent me from having another hiatal hernia?

Depends: There is no magic bullet, but the use of an implanted prosthetic to reinforce the area can help make it less likely that the hernia will recur. Other factors that contribute to hernia formation is chronic coughing in patients with COPD or who smoke, and being overweight. If those factors are present, then your pcp can help you remedy those. ...Read more

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Sliding hiatal hernia treatment - why am i still having chest pain?

Sliding hiatal hernia treatment - why am i still having chest pain?

Not sure about ur Q: I am not clear on what u r asking. Did have surgery? If so, some chest pain is expected in first few wks. There are other possibilities, however and u need to call ur surgeon. ...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