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I have a hiatus hernia and was wondering how long recovery would be?

I have a hiatus hernia and was wondering how long recovery would be?

Variable: Usually, a laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair is combined with an anti-reflux procedure known as a nissen fundoplication. Patients are typically back to most normal activities in about two weeks. There is also usually some difficulty swallowing for 3-6 weeks. In the end, the goal is to be better than you are now, so ask your surgeon what the odds are or improvement. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Hernia (Definition)

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


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I have a tortuous esophagus, twisted stomach, hiatus hernia. Surgery is required. what type of surgeon should I research and prognosis for recovery?

Foregut Specialist: Sounds like you have a paraesophageal hernia, typically associated with difficulty swallowing, chest pain/pressure, anemia, and sometimes GERD. This is a difficult operation most surgeons don't do. Look for one with extensive experience. Usually a general surgeon, but some thoracic surgeons do this laparoscopically, which is the best way to go. Hope this helps ...Read more

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Sir I am literally happy about hearing this answer from your side, pl accept my gratitude.Pl do also comment about hiatus hernia which I have been suffering from some time , I always feel something touching below left ribs some sort of softball.I have tak

Sir I am literally happy about hearing this answer from your side, pl accept my gratitude.Pl do also comment about hiatus hernia which I have been suffering from some time , I always feel something touching below left ribs some sort of softball.I have tak

Hiatal hernia: Large hiatal hernia can cause your symptoms, and can be dangerous if left untreated, although the overall risk is low. Diagnosis is usually made with a upper GI contrast study where you drink liquid barium and x-rays are taken. See your doctor to help order this and possibly other tests. ...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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I have been diagnosed with a 4cm hiatus hernia and dysphagia but why does my left side under my ribs hurt so much all the time?

I have been diagnosed with a 4cm hiatus hernia and dysphagia but why does my left side under my ribs hurt so much all the time?

Not specific: The pain is nonspecific, and unlikely to be related to the small hiatal hernia. Could be costochondritis, or muscle spasm. Best to see your primary care provider odor a more complete evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Small hiatus hernia. No GERD, heartburn. What are the chances of this gettin bigger with time and give me symptoms ? Anything to do to prevent HH? Ty

Small hiatus hernia. No GERD, heartburn. What are the chances of this gettin bigger with time and give me symptoms ? Anything to do to prevent HH? Ty

May not be a problem: Many people have hiatal hernias without ever having problems. Anything that increases your intraabdominal pressure a lot, such as doing strenuous activity or coughing a lot, or obesity, can cause the hernia to get bigger. Decreasing those activities will reduce your risk of symptoms. Once you have the hernia, you can't prevent it. It won't resolve on its own. ...Read more

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I have stomach cramps and i burp all the time and bring up acid, i thought it was my hiatus hernia but now i'm not sure.?

I have stomach cramps and i burp all the time and bring up acid, i thought it was my hiatus hernia but now i'm not sure.?

Reflux: Reflux disease used to go for surgery few decades ago. Reflux can be treated with ppis, and h2 blockers. Ppis such as Prilosec are better. About burping I should say that patient who try to control it will improve faster. ...Read more

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I have hiatus hernia. Have been taking 40mg omprazole but recently have been vomiting occasionally. What is best time of day to take omperazole? Should I take 20 before breakfast/ 20 before dinner? Can I supplement with ranitidine before bed?

I have hiatus hernia. Have been taking 40mg omprazole but recently have been vomiting occasionally. What is best time of day to take omperazole? Should I take 20 before breakfast/ 20 before dinner? Can I supplement with ranitidine before bed?

Yes: Probably the best time to take omeprazole is 30 minutes before the meal .. stop all carbonated beverages and never drink coffee or tea on an empty stomach .Try to maintain hYdration.. also , when was your last upper endoscopy. Yes , you can take Zantac or it's generic before bedtime.. ...Read more

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What is a hiatus hernia?

Stomach: A hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or herniation) of the upper part of the stomach into the chest through a weakness in the diaphragm (muscle that helps you breathe), where the esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach) has to pass through. Risk factors include: older age, obesity, straining, and hereditary factors. Treatment depends on the size and type of hiatal hernia, as well as symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a hiatus hernia symptoms?

Variable: Typically, small hiatal hernias do not cause symptoms, or may be a contributing factor to heartburn or regurgitation. Large hiatal hernias (paraesophageal) can cause chest pain and pressure, difficulty swallowing, anemia due to bleeding ulcers, and weight loss due to avoidance of food. See your doctor to find out more. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hiatus hernia?

What are the symptoms of hiatus hernia?

Acid Reflux: Bad heartburn, fullness/pain in upper abdomen/chest (worse after eating), regurgitation of bitter fluid (especially when lying flat or bending over), sometimes difficulty breathing, frequent pneumonias, asthma attacks. Severity of symptoms depends on how large the hernia is. Most hiatal hernias are small and cause mild heartburn or no symptoms at all. ...Read more

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Difference between hiatus hernia and ulsar pain?

Differences: Ulcers tend to cause pain in the upper stomach and is often described as burning,gnawing,or hunger-like,and sometimes can be crampy or vague.You can also have discomfort after eating with increased belching,early satiety,upper abdominal fullness,nausea,and sometimes vomiting.Type I hiatal hernia pain feels like reflux/heartburn.Larger hernias can cause nausea, retching, and fullness after eating ...Read more

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Can hiatus hernia cause pain in upper right back?

Can hiatus hernia cause pain in upper right back?

Usually not: Hiatal hernia by itself usually does not cause pain, but it is usually accompanied by gerd, which can cause epigastric or substernal (both in front of body) pain. Pain in right back could be from gallbladder problems. See a doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Can a hiatus hernia be detected using just a scan?

Ct scan: Cr scan can be utilized to detect a hiatal hernia. A gastroscopy can also detect it and tell you how far down and the condition of the stomach and esophagus. A ph probe will tell you if the reflux is causing harm. Eat well and exercise. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a child to have a hiatus hernia?

Is it possible for a child to have a hiatus hernia?

Rare: Yes but very rare in children, rarely will see gerd , reflux problems, but infants & newborn will have dangerous congenital diaphragmatic hernias. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a strangulated hiatus hernia?

What are the symptoms of a strangulated hiatus hernia?

A few: Usually chest pain and pressure, associated with the inability to eat, and / or vomiting. The vomiting is frequently in the form wretching without liquid or good coming up, or "dry heaves". Could also be vomiting blood. This represents an emergency, life threatening situation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a hiatus hernia and what can be done for it?

Many: Typically, only large hiatal hernias cause symptoms such as difficulty swallowing, chest pain, feeling full quickly, and fatigue due to anemia from ulcers. Diagnosis can be made with an upper GI contrast study. Treatment is surgical repair, best done by a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in laparoscopic repair. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Will a hiatus hernia go away by sticking to a specific diet, and for how long?

Will a hiatus hernia go away by sticking to a specific diet, and for how long?

Never: A hernia never goes away until a surgeon repairs it. Diet modifications may control the symptoms of a hiatal hernia so that you do not need medication to control the symptoms. But if you want it to go away, you have to talk to a surgeon. ...Read more

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I take 20mg of Omeprazoldaily for hiatus hernia problems, is this safe to take longterm ?

Proper diagnosis: A hiatal hernia simply means the stomach is a bit higher above the diaphragm than what is expected. It does not cause symptoms in and of itself. Reflux of stomach acid into the foodpipe (esophageal reflux) can cause heartburn in which case use of weight loss, antacids and elevation of the torso in the bed is advised. Only after these fail should a drug such as Omeprazole be considered. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a hiatus hernia and read this case report could this happen to me if had similar symptoms?

What to do if I have a hiatus hernia and read this case report could this happen to me if had similar symptoms?

Depends: Case reports are just that. Don't take everything you read literally. Most people with hiatal hernias have little to no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, pain, nausea, vomitting, bleeding, etc., see your doctor immediately. ...Read more