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

Drs have done 4 endoscopies, I don't have hiatal hernia, if I don't take Nexium 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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Dr. Samir Gupta
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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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Dr. David Earle
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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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Dr. Troy Reyna
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What to if I am going to have surgery for hiatal hernia repair. What can I expect after the surgery?

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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What should I expect after hiatal hernia surgery?

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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Dr. Troy Reyna
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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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Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
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Scope showed sm sliding hiatal hernia. Symps persist after 6-8 months Nexium & domperidone. Do i need surgery? Worst-pain mid&rt upper ab, fullness alwa

Scope showed sm sliding hiatal hernia. Symps persist after 6-8 months Nexium & domperidone. Do i need surgery? Worst-pain mid&rt upper ab, fullness alwa

Perhaps: You need further work up, with a ph study to prove if you have signifigant reflux. Not all patients with hiatal hernias need surgery. If you do have reflux, with a hernia, and persistant symptoms despite medical therapy, and risk modification, than surgery would be adviseable. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Will I still have to take omeprozole daily after hiatal hernia surgery ?

Will I still have to take omeprozole daily after hiatal hernia surgery ?

Maybe: IF you're having it fixed to control reflux symptoms, you will likely be able to take medication as needed. There are some patients however that still need daily meds, but the meds control symptoms far better after surgery. This doesn't mean anything is wrong. The goal is to control reflux symptoms, and give you a more normal lifestyle. Only you will judge your results however. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Hiatal Hernia (Definition)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, ...Read more


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Diet (Definition)

Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more


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