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Dr. Francine Yep
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How do you know if a hiatal hernia repair has come undone?

Dr. Francine Yep
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How do you know if a hiatal hernia repair has come undone?

Deja Vu: How did you feel when you first had your hiatal hernia - before the surgery? If those same symptoms and signs are returning, talk with your doc. ...Read more

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Hiatal Hernia (Definition)

Hiatal hernia is a medical condition in which the stomach protrudes up into the chest through an opening in the diaphragm, which is the muscle lining the bottom of your lungs that control your breathing. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, ...Read more


Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
26 years in practice
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Is a hiatal hernia repair effective?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Is a hiatal hernia repair effective?

Yes : Of course there area many factors to consider, but most importantly is what the goals of the repair are - resolution of symptoms or prevention from getting worse or both. In general, hiatal hernia repair should have a 90-95% success rate. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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How long does hiatal hernia repair last?

Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Long time : It should last for a lifetime. Having said that, it is common to have asymptomatic herniation of a small portion of the stomach back in to the chest. Thi is almost always without consequence, and only detectable with an upper GI contrast x-ray and/or endoscopy. Recurrences requiring another operation occur about 5% of the time. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
Board Certified, General Surgery
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What's a good diet after tif procedure and hiatal hernia repair?

Dr. David Earle
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26 years in practice
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What's a good diet after tif procedure and hiatal hernia repair?

As tolerated : It's unclear why you would have a tif procedure and a hiatal hernia repair instead of the standard fundoplication and hernia repair, but either way, your diet should be as tolerated. If the food or beverage are difficult to swallow, or make gerd symtoms worse, avoid that in the future. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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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!

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

Dr. David Earle
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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

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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?

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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Dr. Troy Reyna
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What to if I am going to have surgery for hiatal hernia repair. What can I expect after the surgery?

Dr. Troy Reyna
Board Certified, Pediatric Surgery
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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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Dr. Matthew Lublin
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Please explain who performs hiatal hernia repair surgery?

Dr. Matthew Lublin
Board Certified, General Surgery
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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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Dr. Terry Simpson
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Could someone with a gastric band and a recurred hiatal hernia have a hernia repair and a gastric sleeve?

Dr. Terry Simpson
Board Certified, General Surgery
30 years in practice
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Yes: It isn't a recurrent hernia - although it could be. May be a slip or dilation. Recurrence of hernia or a slip indicates you ate too fast or wanted your band too tight or ate things that became stuck. Find out why it failed or you failed it first. Fix you before another procedure. ...Read more

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