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Can loosing weight get rid of my hiatal hernia?

Can loosing weight get rid of my hiatal hernia?

No: Losing weight will likely help symptoms of reflux. The hernia however will remain unless surgically corrected. ...Read more

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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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Can Hiatal Hernia resolve on own? If I lose weight (5'3) and 150 lbs, and if I eat better? I cant stand the pressure it gives me.

Can Hiatal Hernia resolve on own? If I lose weight (5'3) and 150 lbs, and if I eat better? I cant stand the pressure it gives me.

The hernia: Is actually a defect through which a portion of your stomach protrudes through an opening in your diaphragm causing heartburn or gastric distress. I agree that weight loss is a smart idea to relieve symptoms and the use of acid inhibitors like Pepcid, (famotidine) Zegerid or Prilosec will help. ...Read more

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Are hernias & weight loss related? My boss had one after gastric bypass. I am doing ww to lose weight. I have a hiatal hernia too. Had lost a lot b4.

Anatomy: I do not get the question and am trying to understand it from your point of view.

Being obese or significantly over weight increases the likelihood of all kinds of hernias. But, a hiatal hernia is very different than an umbilical or abdominal wall hernia.

I see no connection between any kind of hernia and the ability to lose weight. ...Read more

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

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

Possibly: That would depend on the size if the hernia. It may also be fixed at the same time. You should discuss this with your surgeon. ...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

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

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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What is the treatment for a hiatal hernia with chronic vomiting?

What is the treatment for a hiatal hernia with chronic vomiting?

Surgical repair: Significant regurgitation or frank vomiting due to a hiatal hernia usually does not respond well to acid reducing drugs or other medications. These kinds of symptoms typically require surgical correction of the hiatal hernia. Your doctor should run tests to make sure that your esophagus functions adequately and that your stomach empties appropriately before proceeding with surgery. ...Read more

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Hi...What treatment should I take for hiatal hernia? And how can I avoid stomach pain?

Hi...What treatment should I take for hiatal hernia? And how can I avoid stomach pain?

Depends on symptoms: Many hiatal hernias require no treatment at all. Often the hiatal hernia is associated with gastresophogeal reflux disease (gerd). Symptoms of gerd can be treated with over the counter antacids. If these fail, there are prescription strength acid blockers available.
If these are ineffective you should see a gastroenerologist. Less than 5% of gerd related problems require surgical correction. ...Read more

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Best treatment plan for gastroparisis, barretts, nighttime gasbloat and hiatal hernia, IBS? I see a GI, just for looking options as im newly diagnosed.

Best treatment plan for gastroparisis, barretts, nighttime gasbloat and hiatal hernia, IBS? I see a GI, just for looking options as im newly diagnosed.

See below: Complex but not rare constellation of problems. Barrett esophagus most important - severe esophageal damage due to reflux. If no dysplasia on biopsies can be treated by hernia repair and fundoplication. Repeat surveillance endoscopy may be advised first. Gastroparesis concerning but fundo. Can sometimes improve gastric emptying. By lbs do you mean morbid obesity? Running out of space. ...Read more

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Results of CT abd/pelvis, 2 fatty inguinal hernias, fatty umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia. What are these & what is treatment and risks of treatmen?

Results of CT abd/pelvis, 2 fatty inguinal hernias, fatty umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia. What are these & what is treatment and risks of treatmen?

Surgery if pain: If the inguinal (groin) hernias and umbilical hernia are causing you discomfort, they should be fixed. A hernia is a bulge of tissue through a defect.

A hiatal hernia is where part of the stomach goes up past the diaphragm into the lower chest. There are different types. A surgeon would have to evaluate this to see if surgery is needed. He or she may also do an endoscopy (egd). ...Read more

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Endo result-mild gastritis, small hiatal hernia (wat is it, how does it happen, treatment?). Says wait for pathology report 2 weeks (4 infection)?

Inflammation&Hernia: Mild Gatritis means there is mild inflammation in the stomach. It is easy to treat with acid suppression therapy like Prilosec or ranitidine and as acid is reduced it will get better. Stomach is in the adominal cavity normally separated from the chest cavity by diaphragm. When part of somach protrudes through the diaphram into chest cavity, it is called Hiatus Hernia.Wait for Pathology&H pylori report ...Read more

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My mother (86)has a hiatal hernia. The top of her bed is elevated one and a half feet to prevent reflux. However, she slips on the slope. Any answer?

Wedge on bed: A commercial foam wedge which would only elevate her from the waist up might be better tolerated. Also, use microfiber or flannel sheets and pajamas (less slippery). A second "body pillow" (extra long pillow), can also be curved around her backside to help prevent sliding, but might make it difficult for her to roll to the other side at night. Also use other methods to improve reflux- checklist ...Read more

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Chest is itchy inside, burping all the time, I have a hiatal hernia woulf acid cause itchy skin or chest, and what can I do to prevent acid?

Chest is itchy inside, burping all the time, I have a hiatal hernia woulf acid cause itchy skin or chest, and what can I do to prevent acid?

Use Antacids: There are several good antacids that you can choose from but take daily.
Zantac of Pepcid is one of the older class, cheap antacid. More modern ones are Omeprazole or Nexium (esomeprazole) which are mor epotent in controlling acid completely. ...Read more

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I have chronic phlegm. I have also hiatal hernia and frecuente sore throat. What condition do you think I have? And what woul be the best treatment?

GERD: I think that gastro-esophageal reflux (gerd) has to be ruled out. High reflux of acid from the stomach now called laryngeal-pharyngeal reflux (lpr) can be associated with a hiatal hernia and frequent sore throats. See GI specialist. ...Read more

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Heartburn for years. PPI drugs don't help. Have small Hiatel hernia. CDiff 10 mnths ago. Morning heartburn and can't get rid of it. On 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine).

Heartburn for years. PPI drugs don't help. Have small Hiatel hernia. CDiff 10 mnths ago. Morning heartburn and can't get rid of it. On 300mg of Zantac (ranitidine).

Maybe just heartburn: ...But atypical chest pain especially in middle aged women is nothing to ignore. The potential origins may include: heart, lungs, mediastinum, esophagus (due to dysmotility disorders, gastroparesis, biliary/pancreatic trouble, and/or non-acid reflux), musculoskeletal, pericardium (sac around the heart), pleuritis, bronchiitis, or referred pain from a remote site. Further evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Will losing weight help my chances of avoiding hiatal hernia?

Will losing weight help my chances of avoiding hiatal hernia?

Yes: Obesity is a risk factor for hiatal hernia and you can avoid this by loosing weight. ...Read more

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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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Chronic pelvic pain I feel a little pea sized ball near my groin cud it be a inguinal hernia if so how do I get rid of it and what doctor do I see?

Chronic pelvic pain I feel a little pea sized ball near my groin cud it be a inguinal hernia if so how do I get rid of it and what doctor do I see?

Primary care doc: A pea-size ball is very unlikely to be a hernia. A palpable lymph node would be more likely. That is the sort of thing that your primar care doctor could assess in relation to your other symptoms. ...Read more

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Can weight loss improve a hiatal hernia?

Can weight loss improve a hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Yes. Theoretically weight loss decreases intraabdominal fat and reduces pressure and reflux symptoms and may modify the hiatal hernia. Improvement in muscle tone in the abdomen is also a factor. ...Read more

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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