A 34-year-old member asked:
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my friend recently found out he has a hiatal hernia. what does it exactly do to your body?

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Dr. Danielle Dietz
20 years experience General Surgery
Usually reflux: Your diaphragm has a hole in it (the hiatus) which allows passage of things like the aorta and esophagus into the abdomen. A hiatal hernia is when the hole in the diaphragm is too big. This can allow the stomach to slide up into the chest. Most people with a hiatal hernia have reflux (gerd). If the symptoms cannot be controlled with medication or if other problems arise, surgery may required.
Answered on Apr 5, 2014

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