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Hiatal Hernia (cont.)

Medical Treatment for Hiatal Hernia

  • Medical treatment for hiatal hernia may include prescription-strength antacids such as lansoprazole (Prevacid), omeprazole (Prilosec), or rabeprazole (Aciphex).
  • Surgical treatments rarely are necessary except when emergency exists, such as a strangulated hiatal hernia or agressive conservative therapy has failed.
  • Some people don't respond to home care or medical treatment and seek the advice of a general surgeon or thoracic surgeon about the latest options. Various techniques have been tried to fix the defects of hiatal hernia with some success.

Hiatal Hernia Follow-up

  • Follow the treatment plan you and your doctor discuss.
  • Keep appointments for further tests or exams.
  • Start the necessary lifestyle changes.

Hiatal Hernia Prevention

  • Lose weight, if overweight.
  • Avoid excessive straining, bending, and slouching.
  • Try the other lifestyle changes suggested under Self-Care.

Hiatal Hernia Outlook

If treated appropriately and lifestyle changes are made, you can minimize the effects of a hiatal hernia. If left untreated, complications can arise such as a strangulated hiatal hernia.

  • For hiatal hernia associated with GERD, complications can include bleeding, perforation of the esophagus, and a greatly increased risk for esophageal cancer (one of the more serious forms of cancer).

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCES:

Hiatus Hernia
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/17/2015
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