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Treatments for Hiatal hernia

Treatments for Hiatal hernia:

Treatment plans for hiatal hernia are individualized depending on the severity of symptoms, specific type of hiatal hernia, the presence of coexisting diseases, such s GERD, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that minimizes the discomfort of heartburn and indigestion, and decreases the risk of developing complications, such as strangulated hiatal hernia.

The first step in treating hiatal hernia is prevention. Prevention and treatment includes loosing excess weight. It is also important not to smoke or drink alcohol, coffee and acidic beverages to excess.

It is generally helpful to avoid large meals and eat several small meals every day. People with symptoms of hiatal hernia should not eat late at night or up to two hours before bedtime. Elevating the head of the bed during sleep may also help to minimize symptoms. Clothing should be loose and not increase pressure on or constrict the abdomen.

Medications are also used in the treatment of hiatal hernia. They may include the use of over-the-counter antacids, such as Tums, Tagamet or Pepcid.

For more serious cases of hiatal hernia accompanied by GERD, drug treatment may include a proton pump inhibitor, which decreases the production of stomach acid. Drugs called H2 blockers also reduce stomach acid. Medications called prokinetics may be prescribed to make the stomach empty faster.

Severe cases of hiatal hernia may require hospitalization and surgery. These cases may include hiatal hernia accompanied by GERD, paraesophageal hernia, strangulated hiatal hernia, and obstructed hiatal hernia.

Treatment List for Hiatal hernia

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Hiatal hernia includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Alternative Treatments for Hiatal hernia

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Hiatal hernia may include:

  • Calcarea carbonica homeopathic remedy
  • Lachesis homeopathic remedy
  • Belladonna homeopathic remedy
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Drugs and Medications used to treat Hiatal hernia:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Hiatal hernia include:

  • Magaldrate and Simethicone
  • Alu-Tab
  • Andrews Tums
  • Degas Extra
  • DeWitt's Antacid
  • Dexsal
  • Eno
  • Gastrogel Tablets
  • Gelusil
  • Mylanta Original
  • Mylanta Double Strength
  • Sigma Liquid Antacid
  • Gaviscon
  • Meracote
  • Gaviscon Double Strength
  • Infant Gaviscon
  • Mucaine
  • Mucaine 2 in 1
  • Mylanta Heartburn Relief
  • Mylanta Rolltabsa
  • Rennie
  • Salvital
  • Sodibic
  • Titralac
  • Titralac SIL

Latest treatments for Hiatal hernia:

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Hospital statistics for Hiatal hernia:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Hiatal hernia:

  • 0.32% (41,306) of hospital consultant episodes were for diaphragmatic hernia in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 93% of hospital consultant episodes for diaphragmatic hernia required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 39% of hospital consultant episodes for diaphragmatic hernia were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 61% of hospital consultant episodes for diaphragmatic hernia were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Discussion of treatments for Hiatal hernia:

You should not worry about having a hiatal hernia. Many people over the age of 50 have such a hernia, and it does not need treatment unless heartburn or GERD is present and causes significant discomfort, or unless the hernia is in danger of becoming twisted and cutting off the stomach's blood supply. Treatment may also be considered if you have complications such as severe GERD or esophagitis, which is an inflammation of the esophagus. In such cases, the doctor may recommend surgery to repair the hiatal hernia.

If a hiatal hernia is causing symptoms, the following tips may help:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Avoid foods and drinks that may cause symptoms.
  • Avoid lying down for 3 hours after eating.
  • Raise the head of your bed 4 to 8 inches.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing around your waist.
  • Take acid-reducing medications.
  • Lose weight
(Source: excerpt from Hiatal Hernia: NIDDK)

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