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Why has my doctor never suggested surgery for my hiatal hernia?

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In brief: Depends

If symptoms, such as heartburn, are well controlled medically and your hernia has not enlarged, you may not need surgery.
Watch for development of dysphagia (food getting stuck), worsening heartburn, difficulty catching you breath, or frank chest pain. These are signs that your hernia is enlarging or the associated reflux is worsening. Report these to your doctor who can order appropriate tests.

In brief: Depends

If symptoms, such as heartburn, are well controlled medically and your hernia has not enlarged, you may not need surgery.
Watch for development of dysphagia (food getting stuck), worsening heartburn, difficulty catching you breath, or frank chest pain. These are signs that your hernia is enlarging or the associated reflux is worsening. Report these to your doctor who can order appropriate tests.
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