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What can be done about a hiatal hernia?

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Dr. Lyall Gorenstein
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Surgical repair

Not all hiatal hernias need to be repaired.
The common type i hernia causes gerd, and is usually treated medically, but sometimes requires surgery because medecial therapy doesn't work. Type ii hernias usually require surgery if symptoms are present, because there is no effective medical therapy. Hiatal hernias are repaired laparoscopically, so most people tolerate surgery very well.

In brief: Surgical repair

Not all hiatal hernias need to be repaired.
The common type i hernia causes gerd, and is usually treated medically, but sometimes requires surgery because medecial therapy doesn't work. Type ii hernias usually require surgery if symptoms are present, because there is no effective medical therapy. Hiatal hernias are repaired laparoscopically, so most people tolerate surgery very well.
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Dr. Tom Harrington
Internal Medicine

In brief: Hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernias are are very common and often without any symptoms at all.
It is not like a groin hernia that one worries about stragulation or need for surgery. Often associated sympoms are reflux which is really caused by a weakened lower esophageal sphincter and not the hernia---ie hearburn, indigestion etc.

In brief: Hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernias are are very common and often without any symptoms at all.
It is not like a groin hernia that one worries about stragulation or need for surgery. Often associated sympoms are reflux which is really caused by a weakened lower esophageal sphincter and not the hernia---ie hearburn, indigestion etc.
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