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Can there be a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?

Can there be a natural remedy for acid reflux disease, barretts esophagus and hiatal hernia?

Weight loss, elevate: Keeping the intra-abdominal pressures low is the key to keeping food/acid from refluxing into your esophagus. If you keep your head about 30 degrees (using cinder blocks under the bed posts is an inexpensive way to do this) of the parallel, most reflux is prevented. Weight loss also reduces abdominal pressure and keeps the food where it should be. Good luck! ...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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Hiatal hernia: other than GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)/heartburn, what other effects might it cause? Is it dangerous if left untreated?

Hiatal hernia: other than GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)/heartburn, what other effects might it cause? Is it dangerous if left untreated?

Depends: Large hiatal hernias (or paraesophageal) hernias can cause chest pain, difficulty swallowing, and severe anemia from chronic bleeding. Only rarely do they cause life threatening problems such as gangrene. They are however frequently misunderstood as the cause of symptoms, so if a large hiatal or paraesophageal hernia is the diagnosis, see a general or thoracic surgeon with experience in lap repair. ...Read more

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I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work ?

I am 40 just had a baby 5 months ago have a hiatal hernia and really bad acid reflux what would be a good diet to lose work ?

Reflux diet: Typical foods that are known to lower the pressure in the valve between the esophagus and stomach causing more reflux are citrus, caffeine, chocolate, red sauce, an red wine/alcohol. Weight loss is more of a calorie intake issue. Hiatal hernia is no problem unless it is large. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How does a hiatal hernia relate to acid reflux?

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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Diagonzied with Hiatal Hernia ( 3cm) Grade A with reflux. Do not want to go for surgery.

Diagonzied with Hiatal Hernia ( 3cm) Grade A with reflux. Do not want to go for surgery.

Hiatal hernia: You may not like the idea but examination by a surgeon is very likely to result in a recommendation for surgical correction. If you don't follow through with this you are likely to get worse, not better. Sure, nobody likes surgery if not necessary but at the very least you should see a surgeon. ...Read more

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I have acid reflux and a newly found small hiatal hernia, if I am careful can I still shovel snow?

Yes: You can do all of your normal activities with a small hiatal hernia without fear of making it worse. It can enlarge over time, but this usually takes years, and is probably independent of your activity. There are obviously exceptions to every rule, but you should be ok to shovel snow. ...Read more

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Anyone done laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for hiatal hernia?

Relatively common: The most common anti-reflux procedure is called a fundoplication, which involves closure of the hernia and re-creating a new valve by wrapping a portion of the stomach around the esophagus. While very effective, this procedure is reserved for the rare patient who cannot manage their symptoms with lifestyle and dietary modifications supplemented by anti-acid medication. ...Read more

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What is success of laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for hiatal hernia?

What is success of laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery for hiatal hernia?

Varies: Don't be afraid to ask your surgeon. Most surgeons track their outcomes for at least a few years. If you go to a surgeon with good results and you do your part (eating right and keeping your weight in check) - you can expect durable relief with surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more