What is a Hiatal Hernia?
A hiatal hernia is caused by the upper part of your stomach bulging up through your diaphragm, which is the large muscle that separates your abdomen and chest. Your diaphragm has a small opening called a hiatus, through which your esophagus passes before connecting to your stomach. In a hiatal hernia, the stomach pushes up through that opening and into your chest.
What are The Effects of a Hiatal Hernia
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.
How to Treat a Hiatal Hernia?
Most people with a hiatal hernia don’t experience any signs or symptoms and won’t need treatment. If you experience signs and symptoms, such as recurrent heartburn and acid reflux, you may need medication or surgery. Contact our gastroenterologists and learn about your options for hiatal hernia treatment.Request Appointment Find a Gastroenterologist