Category Hernia

How is hiatal hernia related to GERD?

You may have heard of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly associated with symptoms of heartburn that are commonplace in Singapore. You may also have seen that hiatal hernia, the protrusion of You may have heard of GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly associated with symptoms of heartburn that are commonplace in Singapore. You may also have seen that hiatal hernia, the protrusion of the stomach into the diaphragm, can cause GERD and vice versa. If you are concerned about whether you have a hiatal hernia because of GERD symptoms, we’re here to help you gain a better understanding of the relationship between hiatal hernia and GERD so that you can seek timely treatment. 

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The differences between Heartburn, Acid Reflux and GERD: A doctor’s guide

Heartburn, acid reflux and GERD are common in Singapore, especially due to our love for spicy food and our irregular eating schedules on top of a hectic work life. Because of our sedentary lifestyle, obesity is becoming a more prominent issue, and its effects can lead to heartburn, acid reflux and GERD. So, what does this trio refer to exactly, and how can you avoid them?

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Femoral hernia: “Silent killer” hernia in women?

In Singapore, an inguinal hernia is the most common type of hernia in men and women; though between the two sexes, men experience this condition more. But that’s not to say women are in the clear — in fact, women who have an inguinal hernia are more likely to have a femoral hernia too. Femoral hernias are known as the “silent” hernia because they don’t usually cause symptoms and are more likely to “pinch” a part of the bowel without you knowing. As such, the risk of complications is higher.

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Umbilical hernia Singapore: Does my child need surgery?

We know that hernias are more prevalent in obese individuals (hiatal hernia) and the general male population (inguinal hernia), but did you know that hernias can be present in babies since birth as well? This type of hernia is known as an umbilical hernia.

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What is the link between obesity and a hiatal hernia?

Obesity brings a slew of medical conditions — if you are overweight or obese, I’m sure your doctor must have already told you about its associated health implications, including a hiatal hernia.

Unlike an inguinal hernia, which is typically associated with birth defects or heavy lifting, a hiatal hernia is almost exclusively known to be linked with obesity. Why so? Let’s find out more about this type of hernia and its treatment options.

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Inguinal hernia: The most common type of hernia in men and women?

As we get older, our muscles weaken, and so does our chance of developing a hernia. A hernia is generally caused by a combination of pressure and weakness of muscle, in which the pressure pushes an organ or tissue into the weak spot. Depending on where the spot is, the hernia can either be very serious or not at all.

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A guide to hernia surgery in Singapore: Who needs it?

In my years of practice, I’ve done many surgeries, with one of the most common being hernia repair surgery. Since hernias can happen to almost anyone due to the nature of how a hernia is formed, I thought it would be good to share my knowledge of hernias and how to treat them should surgery be required.

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