Hiatal Hernia - Treatments

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What is the treatment for hiatal hernia?

The treatment for hiatal hernia is really treatment for GERD and minimizing acid reflux. This includes decreasing acid secretion in the stomach, avoiding substances that are irritating to the stomach lining, and mechanical means to keep the remaining acid in the stomach where it belongs.

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Comment from: EAMorton, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I have a hiatal hernia and GERD. I was diagnosed when I was 25 while I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I had the worst attack possible and had to undergo an upper endoscopy while 5 1/2 months pregnant. I not only had those problems, but also cholecystitis (an inflamed gall bladder, which I had removed after the baby was born). Since then, I"ve had another child, and several endoscopies, confirming Barrett"s esophagus and the hiatal hernia. After several bouts with esophagitis, for which I took Carafate, I am now on Nexium twice a day, and have been for several years, and have no trouble with heartburn, hiccups, burping, or pain. Nexium was the answer for me.

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Comment from: Tony, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

My general physician says I have the typical symptoms of hiatal hernia but never confirmed by endoscopy, etc. Initially I was placed on a 30 day treatment course of the PPI (proton pump inhibitor) lansoprazole 30 mg daily. It certainly helped, together with my raising the foot of our bed and plumping up my pillows. I also generally try to avoid certain trigger foods such as greasy meals and red wine. However, once I came off treatment, after one month my symptoms re-occurred with temporary relief by chewing the occasional antacid tablet (Rennie). My doctor has now prescribed a half strength PPI i.e. 15 mg which I take daily in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. This dosage regimen now gives me symptom free relief until at least 24 hours later, until I take my next tablet. Sometimes, if I have been a bit naughty with my diet I find I need to chew the occasional antacid tablet. A glass of water also helps reduce the incidence of symptoms. Generally speaking, though I am well controlled and happy to be in my space.

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