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27 y/o with hiatal hernia; was only prescribed ranitidine. What other treatments are there & will i ever need surgery? Discomfort continues. Thanks!

27 y/o with hiatal hernia; was only prescribed ranitidine. What other treatments are there  & will i ever need surgery?  Discomfort continues. Thanks!

GErd: If the hiatal hernia has no symptoms than you need nothing. Less is more with meds and if Zantac (ranitidine) is going fine don't change. 7% of the population have hiatal hernias and a few need surgery if they are symptomatic beyond medical management. ...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!

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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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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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?

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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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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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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