Hiatus Hernia - Frequently Asked Questions

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Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Nov 25, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which specialist should I consult if I have hiatus hernia?

You should consult a general surgeon or a gastroenterologist.

2. Is hernia gender specific?

No, both males and females are equally susceptible to get a hernia.

3. Is heartburn a sign of heart attack?

Heartburn pain can be mistaken for a heart attack or heart disease. But, usually heartburn pain is not associated with any physical activity. While exercise can increase the pain resulting from heart disease or the onset of a heart attack and rest may temporarily relieve the pain. Chest pain from hiatus hernia and/or esophageal spasms may be extremely difficult to distinguish from chest pain of cardiac origin. The symptoms of pain spreading from below the sternum (breastbone) to the neck, jaw, and arms can mimic the symptoms of coronary artery disease. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately seek medical care.

4. What can I eat with a hiatal hernia?

Lean meats, lots of vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and water as the only beverage can be consumed with hernia. Post-surgery, the doctor will advise you start of on a liquid diet. When progressing to a solid diet, chew well, eat moist foods and eat small meals during the day.

5. What is the cost for laparoscopic fundoplication surgery in India?

The procedure might cost around $ 4000 in India.

6. What kind of anesthesia is used for the surgery?

General anesthesia is used.

7. How long does it to take to heal after surgery?

Most patients can leave the hospital within 1 to 3 days post operation if it is done laparoscopically or 2 to 6 days if an open surgery is performed. Normal activities can be resumed in 4 to 6 weeks.

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hiatushernia is uncurable what are the precaution we need to take and please tell me is it is dangerous?

can exercising like push-ups or sit-ups cause or hernia or if somebody has already contracted hernia then will it be aggravated due push-ups or sit-ups or pull-ups

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is haitus hernia a congenital condition ? If not then what is the cause of it

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