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Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

Can Small sliding Hiatal Hernia rlly be reversed by exercises shown over the net.? No GERD symptoms at all. Jus scared it night grown in future? Ty.

No: First of all, don't worry about a small asymptomatic hiatal hernia. It is very common and does not require treatment. When you read about exercise and hiatal hernias it is to lose weight since obesity can be associated with hiatal hernias and GERD. Asymptomatic hiatal hernias are not treated, GERD symptoms are. ...Read more

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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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Hi can a small sliding hiatal hernia get bigger and worse with time? Anything to avoid for it not to get bigger? No heartburn,GERD anything yet. Help

Hi can a small sliding hiatal hernia get bigger and worse with time? Anything to avoid for it not to get bigger?
No heartburn,GERD anything yet. Help

Lot's of people...: ...have hiatal hernias, whether detected by x-ray or endoscopy. Most are sliding type & appear intermittently, requiring no intervention especially when small. Pls call your doctor & ask him/her your question to get a most accurate response re: hernia size as well its reducibility. Some hiatal hernias, like large paraesophageal ones, carry potentially great concern, but yours is symptom-free. ...Read more

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I had small sliding hiatal hernia 4/12. 3/27/13 i was hit from behind in car accident with seatbelt on 4/2/13 had gastric bypass surgery; found large paraesophageal hernia.Can the accident cause this?

I had small sliding hiatal hernia 4/12. 3/27/13 i was hit from behind in car accident with seatbelt on  4/2/13 had gastric bypass surgery; found large paraesophageal hernia.Can the accident cause this?

It is possible: It is possible, but difficult to know 100%. It would be helpful to know how large the hernia was at the time if you gastric bypass, something your surgeon would know. You should see your surgeon anyway to help guide you on what to do about the paraesophageal hernia. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Barium meal today was normal apart from small sliding hiatal hernia/ oesophagitis and mild duodenitis, h pylori was negative also. Still scared it is stomach cancer, is this a reasonable fear. 22 yr m?

Barium meal today was normal apart from small sliding hiatal hernia/ oesophagitis and mild duodenitis, h pylori was negative also. Still scared it is stomach cancer, is this a reasonable fear. 22 yr m?

Very unlikely: It sounds as if you have had a pretty thorough evaluation, barium swallow, upper endoscopy (egd). Given you age, lack of evidence of malignancy on egd, you should feel confident that this is not stomach cancer. Your gastroenterologist probably has you on some proton-pump inhibitor or histamine blocker. Give this time to work. ...Read more

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Can a sliding hiatal hernia ever get well by itself?

Not really: These types of hernias won't fix themselves, but really are not dangerous or need treatment. They are fixed during operations performed for reflux disease, But otherwise just left alone. They can get larger over the years, but there's no specific activities or diet to avoid to prevent this. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How do you treat a sliding hiatal hernia in a 15 year old?

Consult your doc: Medical management with PPI and antacids help. Diet management helps too. Consider a Gastro referral and opinion regarding surgery if very symptomatic in spite of medical management. ...Read more

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I have sliding hiatal hernia and sometimes have pain there should I have to get surgery for it ?

I have sliding hiatal hernia and sometimes have pain there should I have to get surgery for it ?

Not likely surgery : A sliding hiatal hernia is not unusual at all. In a young person like you it is somewhat unlikely to be the cause of pain. It depends also on how large the hiatal hernia is. Recommend you see a surgeon who is well familiar with this type of surgery to get a more definitive opinion. Ultimately try to not eat too close to goin to bed and chew your food well. ...Read more

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