Can a Tummy Tuck Make an Existing Hiatel Hernia Worse After the Procedure?
- Asked by meg5719 in ohio
- 2 years ago
I had a TT in April 2011, and my heartburn was always coontrolled by OTC meds. In August I started to have major stomach issues, sever burning and hardness, bloating, etc. I was prescribed Protonix, which makes my stomach hurt worse. Just wondered if the TT surgery could be related to the hernia issue? I also had an issue with my incision splitting open after surgery, and will have to have that repaired sometime.
Hiatal Hernia symptoms worse after Tummy Tuck
Hiatal hernia symptoms may be worse after a tummy tuck. The abdomen is made much tighter and the abdominal contents (stomach and bowels) are pushed upward toward the diaphram. This increased pressure causes the hiatal hernia (a hernia of the diaphram) to become more symptomatic.
Hiatus hernia and abdominoplasty
Tummy Tuck & Hiatal Hernia
It is possible that early after a tummy tuck, the symptoms of a hiatal hernia could be worse (due to the increased pressure in the abdomen). I think it is much less likely to 4 months later as the pressure has usually improved by then.
Increased hiatal hernia symptoms after abdominoplasty
While it is true that tightening the abdominal wall can increase your intraabdominal pressure which could potentially worsen your hiatal hernia symptoms, I am not sure that this explains why your symptoms have only started to worsen beginning 4 months postoperatively. If the abdominal plication were solely to blame, your symptoms should have worsened fairly soon after the surgery.
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