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27 y/o with hiatal hernia; was only prescribed ranitidine. What other treatments are there & will i ever need surgery? Discomfort continues. Thanks!

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In brief: GErd

If the hiatal hernia has no symptoms than you need nothing.
Less is more with meds and if Zantac (ranitidine) is going fine don't change. 7% of the population have hiatal hernias and a few need surgery if they are symptomatic beyond medical management.

In brief: GErd

If the hiatal hernia has no symptoms than you need nothing.
Less is more with meds and if Zantac (ranitidine) is going fine don't change. 7% of the population have hiatal hernias and a few need surgery if they are symptomatic beyond medical management.
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Dr. David Earle
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In brief: Maybe

Hiatal hernia and reflux ate two separate things.
Reflux causes heartburn and regurgitation, and may be aggravated by a hiatal hernia. There are procedures to stop reflux, some of which include hernia repair. A large hiatal hernia may cause difficulty eating, early satiety, and intermittent chest pain among others. Surgery is the only way to fix them. Meds only control some reflux symptoms.

In brief: Maybe

Hiatal hernia and reflux ate two separate things.
Reflux causes heartburn and regurgitation, and may be aggravated by a hiatal hernia. There are procedures to stop reflux, some of which include hernia repair. A large hiatal hernia may cause difficulty eating, early satiety, and intermittent chest pain among others. Surgery is the only way to fix them. Meds only control some reflux symptoms.
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