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Female, 67 , good health, no smoking or alcohol, can a small hiatal hernia grown or enlarge? Thank you

Female, 67 , good health, no smoking or alcohol,    can a small hiatal hernia grown or enlarge? Thank you

Hiatal Hernia: Hiatal hernias can come and go, get better (especially with weight loss), and can get worse (with time and age, weight gain, increased abdominal pressure). They can cause acid reflux, feeling full early, chest pain and even feeling short of breath). Good luck. ...Read more

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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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Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Can a very small umbilical hernia cause digestive problems?

Very unlikely: If the hernia is small and reducible (you can push it back in) it is unlikely to cause problems. If the hernia ever causes you pain or you cannot push it back in, that needs to be evaluated by a physician right away. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernia affect my child?

Can hiatal hernia affect my child?

Uncommon: While reflux can occur in children, having a hiatal hernia is less common. Most hiatal hernias develop over the course of a person's life. ...Read more

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What can be done about a hiatal hernia?

What can be done about a hiatal hernia?

Surgical repair: Not all hiatal hernias need to be repaired. The common type i hernia causes gerd, and is usually treated medically, but sometimes requires surgery because medecial therapy doesn't work. Type ii hernias usually require surgery if symptoms are present, because there is no effective medical therapy. Hiatal hernias are repaired laparoscopically, so most people tolerate surgery very well. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is a hiatal hernia?

Hiatal hernia: Is herniation, or protrusion, of a portion of stomach (which is normally in the abdomen) into the chest through the esophageal hiatus, thus "hiatal" hernia. There are different types though and some require urgent surgery, although most are of the "sliding" type that is usually harmless. It also depends on the extent of the stomach herniation and other organ involvement. ...Read more

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Can you see a hiatal hernia from outside your skin?

Can you see a hiatal hernia from outside your skin?

No: Hiatal hernia occurs through the esophageal hiatus in the diaphragm, which is deep inside the upper body. ...Read more

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Can you see a hiatal hernia from outside your skin ?

Nope: A hiatal hernia is an entirely intraabdominal (inside your abdominal cavity) phenomenon. It occurs when a part of your stomach slides up into the chest cavity next to your esophagus. This is unlike hernias one might get in the groin where you can see the bulge through the skin. If you have a bulge in the middle of your abdomen that you can see outside it might be a ventral hernia which is a weakness of your abdominal muscles. ...Read more

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Possible hiatal hernia, how can I tell if it is or not?

See your dr: There are a couple of different tests that can help with the diagnosis. An upper GI is an x-ray that can show a hiatal hernia. The other test that can help is an egd which is a procedure performed by a gastroenterologist. A ct scan can also be used for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Ali Yazdy
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Digestive Health (Definition)

Digestive health refers to the proper functioning of the digestive tract, including the stomach, ...Read more