Hiatal hernia

What Is a hiatal hernia? Your diaphragm is a muscle above your stomach, and your esophagus passes through an opening (hiatus) in your diaphragm to connect to your stomach. A hiatal hernia is when part of your stomach pushes up through the opening. It can be caused by excess pressure, such as lifting heavy objects or coughing/vomiting. If only a small portion of your stomach pokes through, you may not even know you have a hiatal hernia. However, a large hiatal hernia can allow food and/or acid to back up into your esophagus, causing heartburn. Our gastroenterologists can cover your options for hiatal hernia treatment.

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