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What is hiatal hernia? What is hiatal hernia and how do people contract it?

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In brief: Enlarged hiatus

A hiatal hernia is a hernia through the diaphragm. The natural opening where the esophagus comes through the diaphragm enlarges.
Sometimes it gets big enough that a significant amount of stomach can get through the hole into the chest. This may or may not be related to reflux disease, which is the most common symptom associated with hiatal hernias.

In brief: Enlarged hiatus

A hiatal hernia is a hernia through the diaphragm. The natural opening where the esophagus comes through the diaphragm enlarges.
Sometimes it gets big enough that a significant amount of stomach can get through the hole into the chest. This may or may not be related to reflux disease, which is the most common symptom associated with hiatal hernias.
Dr. Scott Grover
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Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics
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In brief: Enlarged opening

A hiatal hernia is an enlarged opening of the hole that your esophagus comes through the diaphragm allowing your stomach to slide up into your chest.
It can be caused by increased pressure in your abdomen such as from being overweight. Other times it just happens and we don't have a reason for it.. If it causes symptoms like pain or reflux it can be fixed either laparoscopically or robotically.

In brief: Enlarged opening

A hiatal hernia is an enlarged opening of the hole that your esophagus comes through the diaphragm allowing your stomach to slide up into your chest.
It can be caused by increased pressure in your abdomen such as from being overweight. Other times it just happens and we don't have a reason for it.. If it causes symptoms like pain or reflux it can be fixed either laparoscopically or robotically.
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics

In brief: Hiatal hernia

A hiatal hernia is when the diaphragm that surrounds your esophagus as it passes from your chest to your abdomen is not tight but is loose.
This allows acid reflux to occur. If the hernia is large, it can also allow your stomach to slide into your chest and cause more discomfort. You are either born with it, or you just develop it over time.

In brief: Hiatal hernia

A hiatal hernia is when the diaphragm that surrounds your esophagus as it passes from your chest to your abdomen is not tight but is loose.
This allows acid reflux to occur. If the hernia is large, it can also allow your stomach to slide into your chest and cause more discomfort. You are either born with it, or you just develop it over time.
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