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How to treat abdominal hernia without surgery?

How to treat abdominal hernia without surgery?

None: The only way to fix a hernia is with an operation. Support garments of various types may give some symptom relief, but do nothing for the underlying cause of the symptoms, and do nothing to prevent it from getting worse. See a general surgeon for a consultation. ...Read more

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How should I treat hiatal hernia?

C Gastroenterologist: If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease(gerd). Proven rx include dietary changes, avoidance of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, wt loss, and acid-lowering meds.If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner early. If symptoms persist, it's best to see a GI dr(gastroenterologist). ...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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How can my doctor diagnose an inguinal hernia?

How can my doctor diagnose an inguinal hernia?

Exam: Hernias usually cause a visible bulge in children. This bulge goes away when they lie down and may be more pronounced standing, straing, or laughing, coughing, etc. Physical exam is very sensitive. Imaging studies are usully reserved for those patients with less than classic symptoms. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a diaphragmatic hernia?

How do doctors treat a diaphragmatic hernia?

Surgical repair.: In utero, the optimal treatment of severe non-syndromic cdh cases is the placement of an endotracheal balloon to occlude the fetal trachea and help the lungs develop. Postnatally, the neonatologists and pediatric surgeons collaborate to support sick newborns around the surgical repair of the diaphragmatic defects with a mesh. Brain injury can occur at that time. Mild cases are asymptomatic. ...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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Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Most definitive way to diagnose hiatal hernia, barium swallow or endoscopy?

Good question: The tests are useful in different ways. A hiatal hernia can diagnosed with either test and very reliably. The egd allows for a biopsy. The UGI allows for an evaluation of the function of the esophagus as well as visualizing actual episodes of reflux. ...Read more

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How can you identify an umbiliical hernia?

How can you identify an umbiliical hernia?

Lump and/ or pain: You may feel a lump and/or have pain immediately under your belly button. You may also feel the lump come and go, or actually be able to push the lump back through the hernia defect and in to the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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How does a hiatal hernia relate to acid reflux?

Unclear : Many people with large hiatal hernias have no reflux, and many with reflux have no hiatal hernia. Reflux is probably mostly a functional problem related to excessive random openings of the valve between the stomach and esophagus called transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How to treat diaphragmatic hernia in fetus?

How to treat diaphragmatic hernia in fetus?

May need surgery: Diaphragmatic hernia in utero has a range of severity from minor to life threatening at birth. A neonatologist or pediatric surgeon can help sort that out. There are only one or two centers in the us performing corrective fetal surgery. One is in the san francisco area. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a groin hernia?

Physical exam: It is a practiced skill that can be difficult to master. Obvious hernias are easy to see and feel by most. ...Read more

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How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

How does a hiatal hernia cause gerd?

"Yo-Yo" stomach.: One mechanism that prevents reflux of food or acid from the stomach up the esophagus is the fact that the pressure within the abdominal cavity is higher than the pressure in the stomach. If the stomach "yo-yo's" into the chest cavity through a hiatal hernia, the negative pressure within the chest cavity changes this pressure gradient, favoring reflux. ...Read more

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How do you treat a parastomal hernia?

How do you treat a parastomal hernia?

Mesh: The hernia is repair with mesh with the stoma staying in place. The stoma sometimes has to be moved but this is not the optimal treatment. ...Read more

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How do you fix an umbilical hernia?

Surgery?: The only way to "fix" an umbilical hernia, like all hernias, is through surgery. However, the question is whether it needs to be fixed or is just cosmetic. Hernias can cause problems when a part of the bowel gets caught in it and can get "strangled" or have the blood supply compromised, whether this is likely to happen depends on lots of factors. See your doctor to discuss your hernia to decide. ...Read more

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Can a stomach biopsy tell the cause for your hiatal hernia?

Can a stomach biopsy tell the cause for your hiatal hernia?

Unrelated !: A hiatal hernia is a very specific but very common bulge of the stomach through the hiatus of the diaphragm (the opening in the diaghragm through which the esophagus in the chest cavity connects to the stomach in the abdominal cavity). Most of the time hiatal hernias are small, recurrent, but are not fixed in place. Mucosal biopsy of stomach is of no use in identifying why a hiatal hernia exists. ...Read more

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Anyone had surgery to fix acid reflux/hiatus hernia problems? How successful?

Anyone had surgery to fix acid reflux/hiatus hernia problems?  How successful?

Reflux: Reflux of stomach contents (acid) is usually due to incompetent valve or hiatal hernia. It is aggravated by position (lying down), spicy foods and obesity. Treatment includes mediating above factors. Then is meds like ppi which shut off acid. If meds fail, then surgery including fundoplication can help - usually has very good outcomes. Speak to your physician. ...Read more

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Can hiatal hernias get bigger? Can any docs explain?

Yes: Just like any other kind of hernia, hiatal hernias can get larger over time. As hernias get larger, they tend to become more symptomatic. ...Read more

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How does a doctor treat an abdominal hernia?

Abdominal Hernia: Abdominal hernias are repaired surgically, either with a laparoscope or via an open incision. Usually these hernias are repaired with some type of prosthetic mesh, with or without sutures or a tacking device. The hernia recurrence rate in the hands of an experienced hernia surgeon is quite low. ...Read more

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Can you fix an umbilical hernia without surgery?

Can you fix an umbilical hernia without surgery?

No, however...: ...Not all umbilical hernias require repair. When diagnosed in infancy, these rarely cause symptoms and can often close on their own. If they persist beyond 3-4, elective repair is recommended before school. In adults, repair is recommended if the hernia causes symptoms or is of a sufficient size to allow intestine into the hernia. ...Read more

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Hernia (Definition)

A condition that occurs when part of the stomach bulges into the chest. It can cause severe ...Read more