Hiatal Hernia Follow-up

Updated: Jan 02, 2016
  • Author: Waqar A Qureshi, MD, FRCP(UK), FACP, FACG, FASGE; Chief Editor: Philip O Katz, MD, FACP, FACG  more...
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Follow-up

Patient Education

See the list below:

  • Raise awareness of the potential for complications of each type of hernia.

    • Complications of the hernia itself: Paraesophageal hernia may strangulate.

    • Complications from reflux disease: Heartburn, strictures, Barrett esophagus, and esophageal cancer may occur in a minority of patients with hiatal hernias.

  • Instruct patients to seek medical attention if new symptoms develop or if GERD symptoms are poorly controlled.

  • For excellent patient education resources, visit the Digestive Disorders Center. Also see the patient education article Hiatal Hernia.