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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

A hernia is a hole in the abdominal wall thru which the inner lining protrudes thru, creating a sac. Organs from within the abdominal cavity, such as the intestine, can protrude thru the hole and get stuck in the sac. Many hernias develop during fetal life and become evident in childhood or as an adult. Some develop following a prior abdominal operation. The cornerstone ...Read more


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What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

What to eat after umbilical hernia surgery?

Anything: There shouldn't be any dietary restrictions following umbilical hernia surgery. ...Read more

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Localized burning pain in stomach(just on small area), belching, feels like food coming back up my throat.This happens after i eat. Ulcer, hiatal hernia?

Probably reflux: Sounds like gerd (gastroesophageal reflux disease) may be an issue, or at least part of it. Burning, pain, and belching/gas are frequent symptoms of gallbladder disease, but the food coming up sounds reflux--which can be caused by a hiatal hernia. A detailed history and exam by a general surgeon can help pin it down and help decide on the best test. ...Read more

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Have a belching problem doctor wants me on a non wheat and no foods with milk help its a delma don't know what product I can eat migh be hiatal hernia?

Have a belching problem doctor wants me on a non wheat and no foods with milk help its a delma don't know what product I can eat migh be hiatal hernia?

Good point: There are many causes for belching. A no wheat no milk diet can be an unnecessary inconvenience unless you are intolerant of gluten and lactose. Have tests been done to rule out other causes? If you have reflux esophagitis, sometimes called a hiatal hernia, there are more effective eats to solve your problem. Discuss this with your doctor, please, and good luck! ...Read more

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Is it ok to eat popcorn if you have a hernia?

Is it ok to eat popcorn if you have a hernia?

Probably: Unless you have a condition called diverticulitus, popcorn should not be any different than other foods assuming your hernia is stable. ...Read more

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Which foods do doctors think are best to eat it you have a hiatal hernia?

Which foods do doctors think are best to eat it you have a hiatal hernia?

Whatever works: Generally, only large hiatal hernias called paraesophageal hernias cause problems eating. It is usually a problem with all solid food however, so if you find something that works, stick with it. Surgical repair is the only option for a resolution. Small hiatal hernias do not have any special dietary requirements, and usually do not require an operation. ...Read more

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Ive had a 2cm hitial hernia for 2 years, I'm 96 pounds and everytime I eat it feels like food gets stuck. Medicine doesn't help. Is surgery an option?

One option: Alexis, surgery is an option, however you must weigh the risks and potential complications of undergoing surgery before proceeding. A 2cm hiatal hernia can certainly cause problems with eating, you certainly need to rule out other GI issues before having an operation that is irreversible. Continue working with your GI doctor, or ask for a referral to an esophageal specialist first to be sure. ...Read more

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If I eat something that bothers my GERD in moderation, will it make my hiatal hernia bigger?

If I eat something that bothers my GERD in moderation, will it make my hiatal hernia bigger?

Not necessarily: The hiatal hernia would be made worse by increasing your intraabdominal pressure--from activities like heavy lifting. Things that bother GERD increase the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. The two are not necessarily related. ...Read more

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Everytime i eat i get upper chest pain..I do have a small hernia...Is that causing the chest pain.

Everytime i eat i get upper chest pain..I do have a small hernia...Is that causing the chest pain.

Unlikely: Large hiatal hernias would be likely to cause this. These are also known as paraesophageal hernias. Small hiatal hernias are usually not of much consequence, but could get larger over the years. Also, spasm of the esophagus could cause the pain. This is diagnosed with manometry where a small tube goes through the nose and into the stomach. ...Read more

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