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What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?

What can be side effects and complications of biologic mesh used in recurrent hiatal hernia repair?

Few, but...: Biological mesh material actually goes away at it is replaced with your own connective tissue cells. There have been reports of this type of mesh eroding into the esophagus, but it is more likely to be technique related in my opinion, rather than caused by the material itself. It is biologically inert, so shouldn't cause any type of systemic reaction like an allergy. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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I'm 23, never had gerd symptoms before my hiatal-hernia, I was wondering if I can get hernia surgery without fundoplication? Worried about side effects

I'm 23, never had gerd symptoms before my hiatal-hernia, I was wondering if I can get hernia surgery without fundoplication? Worried about side effects

No surgery: 90-95 % of people with GERD get better with medication.
surgery reserved to a very small section of people.
yes you can have a hiatal hernia surgery without the fundoplication, but that will not stop the efflux in any way.
try to get the best medical treatment before start thinking about surgery. ...Read more

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Hello. I had 2 surgeries in Nov / Dec 2013 for hiatal hernia repair. Why does back pains continue still mostly on left side?

Hello. I had 2 surgeries in Nov / Dec 2013 for hiatal hernia repair. Why does back pains continue still mostly on left side?

Why: My first question is why two surgeries did you have a complication from the first one and was any of them done laproscopically or not and what kind of complication if any.
my other comment you might be experiencing GALLBLADDER problem if you still have it hiatal hernia surgery could cause or create a problem to the GB somtime ...Read more

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I am 62 years old with barrett's and no displasia. I havemoderate hiatal hernia. A hard fall on the side seems tohave worsened the hernia/discomfort. Could it be a possible barrett's acceleration? My next endoscopy is in two years and I am getting anxious

I am 62 years old with barrett's and no displasia. I havemoderate hiatal hernia. A hard fall on the side seems tohave worsened the hernia/discomfort. Could it be a possible barrett's acceleration? My next endoscopy is in two years and I am getting anxious

Doubtful: External trauma such as that should have no effect on progression of barrett esophagus. The fact that there was no dysplasia at the original endoscopy is positive as well. Report any significant worsening if symptoms to your doctor. ...Read more

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Have hiatal hernia and umbilicial hernia, have gas pain on left side, do I have to worry?

Have hiatal hernia and umbilicial hernia, have gas pain on left side, do I have to worry?

Not likely: Most hiatal hernias and umbilical hernias do not cause any symptoms. There are some types of hiatal hernias that can cause symptoms and may require treatment. You should discuss this with your doctor and may need an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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I have a umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia I havebpain on lower left side of stomAch, comes and goes should I worry.

I have a umbilical hernia and hiatal hernia I havebpain on lower left side of stomAch, comes and goes should I worry.

LOWER LEFT: SSIDE, PROBABLY NOT ASSOCIATED WITH BOTH HERNIAS.- UMBILICAL HERNIA IF LARGEB CAN E EASILY REPAIRED. HIATUS HERNIA MAY BE ASOCIATED WITH GERD (MEDS HELP) SEE PCP ...Read more

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I had a hiatal hernia that was repaired laparoscopically in oct. 2009. For the first 2 years after the surgery, I felt great. Now for about 9 months, I have noticed pain in my chest area on both sides. At first I was checked for heart trouble, but thankfu

I had a hiatal hernia that was repaired laparoscopically in oct. 2009. For the first 2 years after the surgery, I felt great. Now for about 9 months, I have noticed pain in my chest area on both sides. At first I was checked for heart trouble, but thankfu

U Need Upper GI: By the sound of your symptoms, it's possible that the hiatal hernia has returned. I advise you to return to your surgeon. They will order an upper GI to look more carefully at your "wrap" and see where your stomach is in relation to your diaphragm. I hope it's a false alarm but, worst case scenario, it's fixable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have abdominal pain and a hiatal hernia. Pain on rt. Side too. Malfunctioning gall bladder 3 years ago w?

Have abdominal pain and a hiatal hernia. Pain on rt. Side too. Malfunctioning gall bladder 3 years ago w?

Question?: Not sure what the question is, but regarding the right sided abdominal pain, could be due to the gallbladder malfunction. Doubt the hiatal hernia has anything to do with it. See a general surgeon for a consultation to find out more. Be sure to bring the results of your tests. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have a 1cm hiatal hernia and it is casing me a ton of pain also my sides hurt due to kidney stones. Shld I go to the hospital?

I have a 1cm hiatal hernia and it is casing me a ton of pain also my sides hurt due to kidney stones. Shld I go to the hospital?

Depends on the pain: The ED cannot do much for the hiatal hernia other than treat any heartburn pain - probably a GI cocktail to neutralize the acid. The Kidney stones are probably your bigger concern. Some people with kidney stones need to be treated as an inpatient with IV pain meds. Often kidney stones are treated consevatively for up to 72 hours with forced fluid intake and oral pain meds. Go to ED if pain severe. ...Read more

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Pain is approximately half an inch below ribs, on my left side. Gi doctor said I have hiatal hernia. Nothing seems to help, it does come and go.

Pain is approximately half an inch below ribs, on my left side. Gi doctor said I have hiatal hernia. Nothing seems to help, it does come and go.

Probably not hernia: Small hiatal hernias do not cause pain, especially in this location. Large hiatal hernias can cause chest pain and pressure, along with difficulty eating, but generally not in this location. Sounds more like a trunk muscle spasm to me. Try heat, self massage to see if that helps. Hope this was helpful! ...Read more

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Can a hiatal hernia cause pain under left ribs& side? It hurts often but sometimes only when cough & I have a lump on each side of my ab muscles.

Possibly: Discomfort under the left rib cage may come from hiatal hernia but may also be due to other things such as gas entrapment in the upper left colon or even from pinched nerves in the rib cage or problem with the base of the left lung. It's best to have your physician examine and advise you, and if he/she feels it's advisable a referral to a gastroenterologist will be made. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is distended abdomen a side effect of hiatal hernia surgery?

Maybe: A distended abdomen is common during the early recovery period after hiatal hernia repair. Long term, it should not be a problem, but if it is, see your surgeon. You could try some simethicone which is in over the counter anti-gas formulas. ...Read more

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Good day I have high blood presure hiatal hernia severe bile reflux my left side of my body in cronic pain any advise plz?

Good day I have high blood presure hiatal hernia severe bile reflux my left side of my body in cronic pain any advise plz?

See a doctor: Generally we advice people with Hypertension to follow a healthy diet, low or no added salt, exercise and weight control. For reflux proton pump inhibitors with or without antacids and standard GERD precautions for left side of pain need evaluation and diagnosis ...Read more

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Pain in left arm and left side of chest. Have done stress and other heart tesrs. Results great. I have a hiatal hernia. Could this be the cause?

Symptoms: Superficially it sounds like low probability of cardiac cause of your symptoms tho' your doctor ordering these studies should be better able to advise you. There are many causes possible for arm/chest symptoms and hiatal hernia is a chest possibility but lower probablity for left arm pain. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed by endoscopy with hiatal hernia, GERD, and erosive gastritis. Would any of these cause pain in the left side waist/flank area?

I was just diagnosed by endoscopy with hiatal hernia, GERD, and erosive gastritis. Would any of these cause pain in the left side waist/flank area?

No: These would not typically cause flank pain. If you are flexing your trunk muscles in response to your GERD symptoms, you may have some muscle stain, but that's as close as it gets. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with chronic esophageal inflammation, stomach ulcer and hiatal hernia. Will that cause chest pain L side? Card. Said heart was fine

I was diagnosed with chronic esophageal inflammation, stomach ulcer and hiatal hernia. Will that cause chest pain L side? Card. Said heart was fine

Its possible: Depends on the size of the hernia. It also depends on the characteristics if the pain. Could also be esophageal spasm. Ask your doctor if an esophageal Manometry test is appropriate, and/or a referral to a GI doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Pain in right side of throat when swallowing - I have GERD due to hiatal hernia leading to chronic pharyngitis (although have never felt sore throat)?

Pain in right side of throat when swallowing - I have GERD due to hiatal hernia leading to chronic pharyngitis (although have never felt sore throat)?

Partial Rx GERD: I suspect the discomfort is related to your partially treated GERD. You are already taking Nexium (esomeprazole) and using Nasonex. Other non-drug treatments include not smoking, avoiding trigger foods, avoiding large meals, not lying down for 2 hours after eating, elevating head of bed, losing weight, avoiding tight belts, and chewing gum. If you have tried all these, review with doc alternate drug treatment ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia: other than GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)/heartburn, what other effects might it cause? Is it dangerous if left untreated?

Depends: Large hiatal hernias (or paraesophageal) hernias can cause chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and severe anemia from chronic bleeding. Only rarely do they cause life threatening problems such as gangrene. They are however frequently misunderstood as the cause of symptoms, so if a large hiatal or paraesophageal hernia is the diagnosis, see a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in lap repair. ...Read more

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Could hiatal hernia get smaller?

No: Hiatal hernias don't resolve. Fortunately, most do not cause symptoms or problems. They often enlarge with time, but not always. ...Read more

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How is a hiatal hernia repaired?

How is a hiatal hernia repaired?

Laparoscopic Surgery: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the normal hole in the diaphragm muscle thru which the esophagus passes to enter into the abdomen. A hiatal hernia may lead to gerd by virtue of the stomach yo-yo-ing up thru the hiatus into the chest. Surgical repair involves three key steps: return the stomach to the abdominal cavity, tighten the hole in the diaphragm, and create a new valve to rx reflux. ...Read more

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How is a hiatal hernia diagnosed?

X-RAY, Endoscopy, etc: A hiatal hernia is an enlargement of the hole in the diaphragm thru which the esophagus passes to enter the abdominal cavity. This commonly leads to the stomach "yo-yo-ing" up into the chest, which may cause gerd (reflux). This can be seen by ct scan and by upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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Hiatal hernia how can I cure it?

Hiatal hernia how can I cure it?

Operation: The only "cure" or a hiatal hernia I to have it surgically repaired. I would look for a general or thoracic surgeon with extensive experience performing thi procedure laparoscopically. You may need some testing before operation as well. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

The ascendence of the gastroesophageal junction into the chest above the diaphragm through the ...Read more