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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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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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What can happen if i ignore a hernia at the groin area without treatment or surgery?

What can happen if i ignore a hernia at the groin area without treatment or surgery?

Hernia: Hernia repair is always recommended, risk/benefit analysis favors repair. However, it is elective outpatient procedure when healthy and not having symptoms (no er visits), okay to visit surgeon, get monitored. Elective scheduling with monitoring, can be 6 to 12 months out. Be well. ...Read more

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I have a hiael hernia in my esphogous and had every treatment for that, yet iam still having great discomfort, is surgery next ?

I have a hiael hernia in my esphogous and had every treatment for that, yet iam still having great discomfort, is surgery next ?

Surgery is an option: If you have a symptomatic hiatal hernia and the traditional medical treatments haven't been successful then surgery is worthwhile to consider. Discuss with your medical doctor if you are fit enough for general anesthesia and then meet with a surgeon who is well versed in laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair. The surgery can lead to a markedly improve quality of life, if the right doctor is seen. ...Read more

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If umbilical hernia not cause pain but if person want treatment of it without surgery so what he/she do?

If umbilical hernia not cause pain but if person want treatment of it without surgery so what he/she do?

Surgery or wait/see: Watchful waiting can be an option for small umbilical hernias, where it's very unlikely for bowel to enter & get stuck (incarcerated). Large umbilical hernias can also be left alone if it's very unlikely for bowel to get incarcerated. However, only option for hernias of any sort is surgical repair to prevent painful incarceration & strangulation of bowel. Best to go see surgeon for his/her opinion. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only treatment of inguinal hernia in a toddler? Is there any other option if it's not that bad?

Only option : It would be nice if these could be treated non-surgically, but there is no other option. Inguinal hernia, unlike umbilical hernia in children is thought to have a lower overall risk for repair rather than observation. See a pediatric surgeon for a more complete evualuation. Appointment in the next week or two should be ok if there are no symptoms. If severe pain, head to an ER. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have talk with a doctor he said is hernia in my bali . He telling that do not have any treatment without surgery. Hernia is early stage .So ?

I have talk with a doctor he said is hernia in my bali .
He telling that  do not have any treatment without surgery.
Hernia is early stage .So ?

Follow the advice : For hernia only option is surgery, binders , use of truss will not help , surgery will prevent the complications and low risk out patient procedure most of the time, follow your doctor's advice. ...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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