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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Is it normal to have daily diarrhea after hiatal hernia surgery and on a pureed diet?

Not normal.: C.difficile enterocolitis is a possibility. Often peri-operative antibiotics adversely affect the bacterial content of the colon resulting in an overgrowth of a bug called clostridium difficile. This causes inflammationc of the colon lining with resultant severe diarrhea. Stool culture is needed to make confirm the diagnosis. But if diagnostic tests are positive, vancomycin and/or Flagyl is used. ...Read more

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Drs have done 4 endoscopies, I don't have hiatal hernia, if I don't take Nexium (esomeprazole) daily I feel horrible, I diet, what's wrong? Are there any surgerys to fix acid reflux?

Dr. Ly Phan Dr. Phan
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Drs have done 4 endoscopies, I don't have hiatal hernia, if I don't take Nexium (esomeprazole) daily I feel horrible, I diet, what's wrong? Are there any surgerys to fix acid reflux?

Most definitely: Your condition if confirm as acid reflux can be treated with anti reflux procedure (nissen fundoplication) or less invasive and less effective procedure esophyx. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia is there surgery for it.?

Hiatal hernia is there surgery for it.?

Yes: There are a variety of types and sizes of hiatal hernia. Just because a person has one does not necessarily indicate a need for surgery. Medications and avoidance of eating late at night are some options, a gastroenterologist or your family doctor can help you determine if surgery is your best option, and refer you to a properly trained surgeon if indicated. ...Read more

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I'm having surgery for a hiatal hernia next wk. What should I expect after the operation?

I'm having surgery for a hiatal hernia next wk. What should I expect after the operation?

Bloating: If you are having this done laparoscopically or robotically the incisional pain will improve quickly. Most patients having repair of a large hiatal hernia develop some bloating of their stomachs and some will have difficulty swallowing particularly with solids for several weeks. If you are having a fundoplication this is particularly likely. Once your surgeon allows solids chew well. ...Read more

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Does a hiatal hernia just go away without surgery? How do you know when it requires surgery.

Does a hiatal hernia just go away without surgery? How do you know when it requires surgery.

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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I have sliding hiatal hernia and sometimes have pain there should I have to get surgery for it?

I have sliding hiatal hernia and sometimes have pain there should I have to get surgery for it?

Not likely surgery: A sliding hiatal hernia is not unusual at all. In a young person like you it is somewhat unlikely to be the cause of pain. It depends also on how large the hiatal hernia is. Recommend you see a surgeon who is well familiar with this type of surgery to get a more definitive opinion. Ultimately try to not eat too close to goin to bed and chew your food well. ...Read more

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I'm 24, I've I have hiatal hernia and GRED. Medications doesn't really help anymore. Some drs recommended surgery and other don't.Should I go surgey?

I'm 24, I've I have hiatal hernia and GRED. Medications doesn't really help anymore. Some drs recommended surgery and other don't.Should I go surgey?

Depends: Do you have other risk factors for an operation? Diabetes, obesity, Smoking?
Treat any of those first!
Hiatal hernia and GERD do go together!
Surgery is good but not 100%.
You are young to have thus much trouble? ...Read more

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Why has my doctor never suggested surgery for my hiatal hernia?

Why has my doctor never suggested surgery for my hiatal hernia?

Depends: If symptoms, such as heartburn, are well controlled medically and your hernia has not enlarged, you may not need surgery. Watch for development of dysphagia (food getting stuck), worsening heartburn, difficulty catching you breath, or frank chest pain. These are signs that your hernia is enlarging or the associated reflux is worsening. Report these to your doctor who can order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Diagonzied with Hiatal Hernia (3cm) Grade A with reflux. Do not want to go for surgery.

Diagonzied with Hiatal Hernia (3cm) Grade A with reflux. Do not want to go for surgery.

Hiatal hernia: You may not like the idea but examination by a surgeon is very likely to result in a recommendation for surgical correction. If you don't follow through with this you are likely to get worse, not better. Sure, nobody likes surgery if not necessary but at the very least you should see a surgeon. ...Read more

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What is involved in hiatal hernia surgery?

2 main parts: Though individual variations occur, the usual objectives include appropriate reapproximation of the diaphragm defect and some form of gastropexy - usually complete fundoplasty or partial. If the defect is large or recurrent in nature, a mesh may be needed for repair. ...Read more

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What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Diet changes: Hiatal hernia surgery usually includes a stomach wrap (fundoplication). After surgery I keep my patients on puréed foods to allow the stomach to heal. After two weeks transition to a normal balanced diet. Chew well! I start removing antacids around this time. With the wrap it is a trade off of too tight vs too loose. There is 5-10% chance of needing a second procedure to loosen or tighten it. ...Read more

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What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

Eat slow: You can expect improvement of your reflux symptoms. You may have some swallowing issues for the first 1-2 weeks so chew food carefully. Some patients stick to a soft diet during the immediate post operative period. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

What is the recovery like for hiatal hernia surgery?

Week: If done laparoscopically or robotic as I do, you should be back to work in about a week. About 2-3 weeks to feel you can eat all foods. As I tell my patients, most maor surgery like this will put a toll in your lifestyle for about 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Could having surgery for my hiatal hernia also help my gerd?

Could having surgery for my hiatal hernia also help my gerd?

Yes: Often, reducing the hiatal hernia out of the chest into the abdomen and adding a fundoplication (wrapping part of stomach around bottom of esophagus) will help reduce gerd. ...Read more

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How might I go about finding a reputable doctor to do surgery on a hiatal hernia?

Scope of practice: I would check with the medical staff office
of the hospital I would like to go to, check which surgeons have haital hernia repair privileges, schedule an apointment with the doctor, complete the exam and be informed of the treatment recommendations.
Perhaps surgery is not the best treatment at this time. There are multiple surgical techniqes for hiatal hernia repairs. Most comon is a nissen fundo. ...Read more

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What are the restrictions post hiatal hernia and gallbladder surgery at the same time?

Not much: Since these procedures can be accomplished concurrently and laparoscopically, postoperative restrictions should be minimal. You will probably be advised to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for about two weeks. Some but not all surgeons might recommend a liquid or pureed diet for a couple of weeks after hiatal hernia surgery. ...Read more

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With lung disease is surgery for hiatal hernia dangerouse?

With lung disease is surgery for hiatal hernia dangerouse?

Sure...: Lung disease adds risk to any surgery performed under sedation. Check with your pulmonologist to see if it is safe for you to proceed at this time. ...Read more

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Please explain who performs hiatal hernia repair surgery?

General surgeon: A general surgeon does hiatal hernia repairs - these are also mostly now done laparoscopically (through 5 small incisions). A general surgeon who specializes in laparoscopic performs the surgery. ...Read more

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What to if I am going to have surgery for hiatal hernia repair. What can I expect after the surgery?

Eat slow: You can expect improvement of your reflux symptoms. You may have some swallowing issues for the first 1-2 weeks so chew food carefully. Some patients stick to a soft diet during the immediate post operative period. ...Read more

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Just had surgery for a.10x8 hematoma due to an earlier hiatal hernia what can I expect. Regarding pain and recovery time?

Just had surgery for a.10x8 hematoma due to an earlier hiatal hernia what can I expect. Regarding pain and recovery time?

Worse: This is your second surgery in the same area so it may be a more painful and longer recovery than the original surgery. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to begin working out after hiatal hernia repair surgery? I feel great but don't want to risk messing anything up!

Variable: You can think of you trunk as a steel drum. The sides are string, and the top and bottom are weaker. Hiatal hernia repair involves the top of the drum - the diaphragm. We generally believe that the scar tissue that forms around the sutures is helpful. We also know that scar tissue reaches about 90% of its ultimate strength by about six weeks. For this reason, I usually tell hiatal hernia repair patients to avoid heavy straining for six weeks and then start easing back into it. ...Read more

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Have a lap band at time of surgery a hiatal hernia was repaired now hernia is back can it be repaired again without damaging the lap band?

Yes: Repairing the hole at the place the esophagus comes through the diaphragm should be possible withe the band in place. I'd suggest seeking a surgeon with davinci robotic capability. It's minimally invasive and will allow good view of the region in 3d view. ...Read more

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Is hiatal hernia surgery very safe?

Is hiatal hernia surgery very safe?

Yes: Just make sure you pick an experienced surgeon and do not skip the routine preop evaluations. When the right surgery is done for the right indication, good to excellent outcome is expected for this routine procedure. ...Read more

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Is hiatal hernia surgery pretty safe?

Is hiatal hernia surgery pretty safe?

Yes: This surgery has been done for a long time and it is safe and effective. Make sure it is done by a surgeon that frequently does this. ...Read more

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Is hiatal hernia surgery very painful?

Not so much: Now a days this can be done with minimally invasive techniques like laparoscopy and the davinci robot. Still some pain, b it not umbearable. Www. Drlugo. Com. ...Read more

Hiatal Hernia Diet (Definition)

A hiatal hernia is an internal condition where the upper portion of the stomach pushes through a weakness in the diaphragm muscle, and pushes up into the chest cavity. There are 2 main types of these hiatal hernias. Diagnose by x-ray or endoscopy. Medications to treat heartburn symptoms or surgical repair of the hernia ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more