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Hernia treatments: There are no medications to cure a hernia. Treatment is generally an operation most commonly involving mesh. Laparoscopic and open surgical procedures are both possible. Occasionally high risk patients will be instructed to avoid surgery and a binder will be recommended. However, all hernias carry a risk of incarceration and strangulation. Outcomes with elective surgery are usually better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Operation: It's either an operation or observation. Different techniques for operation depend on your symptoms, physical exam, size if hernia defect and sac, obesity, previous operations at that location, diastasis recti, medical history, your goals, and surgeon experience. See a general surgeon for a consult to find out more. Good luck! ...Read more
Acid reflux: Stomach acid refluxing back into esophagus is painful. So avoiding acid stimulation and overfilling your stomach will help. Alcohol, and tobacco drive acid production. Also avoid large fatty meals, carbonated beverages, and lying down after eating (stay upright for 2 hours). Check in with your doc to consider anti acid medication and referral for scoping/egd. Tums, over the counter, work well. ...Read more
Hernia or diastasis?: You need to differentiate an abdominal wall hernia from rectus diastasis. A hernia occurs when there is a defect in the abdominal wall that allows contents to protrude through the defect, most common are inguinal, umbilical and ventral (post-surgical) hernias. Rectus diastasis is a weakness of the midline tissues that normally connect the two rectus muscles. The weakness is not a true hernia. ...Read more
I recently had a endoscopy and they found I have a hiatal hernia. Are there any other treatments for this?
Lot's of people...: ...have hiatal hernias. Most are sliding type & appear intermittently, requiring no intervention especially when small. Please 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for hiatal hernia?
GERD: If you are like most people, you are using "hiatal hernia" to mean gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd). This can be well-managed by avoiding the foods that cause heartburn, avoiding smoking, alcohol, and caffeine, and losing weight (if overweight). If your symptoms are bad at night, putting the head of the bed up on blocks helps, as does eating dinner well before bedtime. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
27 y/o with hiatal hernia; was only prescribed ranitidine. What other treatments are there & will i ever need surgery? Discomfort continues. Thanks!
No: A bochdalek hernia is a defect in the muscle of the diaphragm. It generally does not close on its own and requires surgical closure. Although the tissue that pokes through into the chest may spontaneously return to its place in the abdomen, the defect is still there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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