PreOp Patient Education
Tuesday, July 07, 2020

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  Your Procedure

Hernia - Hiatal

Open Repair


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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

In the case of hiatal hernia, there are no real alternatives to surgery.
Hernias often remain stable and symptoms may be sometimes managed with medication and other therapies, but they never cure themselves.
And putting off surgery increases the risk of developing a strangulated hernia and even breathing problems.
Because of these risks, it's rare these days for a physician to recommend any treatment other than the surgical repair of a hiatal hernia.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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