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Retrocardiac hiatal hernia

Have used Prilosec and tums for years. Yesterday I was told after an upper GI that I have a moderatly large "retrocardiac hiatal hernia". The doctor said it means the hernia is behind the heart. I had the test because I had three episodes of thinking I was having a heart attack. The heart was ruled out so the upper GI was performed. The doctor wanted to schedule surgery. I am thinking I can wait. I have started eating 4 small meals a day and have had no episodes. Is surgery the thing I need to do?
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If this is a paraesophageal retro hiatal hernia, you do need to have surgery. With a paraesophageal hernia you're chancing some very serious side-effect that could severely disable you if it isn't fixed.
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