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What is a hiatus hernia?

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Dr. John Fung
Surgery
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In brief: Stomach

A hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or herniation) of the upper part of the stomach into the chest through a weakness in the diaphragm (muscle that helps you breathe), where the esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach) has to pass through.
Risk factors include: older age, obesity, straining, and hereditary factors. Treatment depends on the size and type of hiatal hernia, as well as symptoms.

In brief: Stomach

A hiatal hernia is the protrusion (or herniation) of the upper part of the stomach into the chest through a weakness in the diaphragm (muscle that helps you breathe), where the esophagus (tube from the mouth to the stomach) has to pass through.
Risk factors include: older age, obesity, straining, and hereditary factors. Treatment depends on the size and type of hiatal hernia, as well as symptoms.
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Hiatal hernia

You have a hiatal hernia.
This is a very treatable abnormality. Your doctor will treat your symptoms and follow with you. If you are feeling well with medications then he/she will follow. As you age you may require more intervention. You may need a diagnostic study. You will need to manage your weight and to exercise. Watch what you eat. Be well.

In brief: Hiatal hernia

You have a hiatal hernia.
This is a very treatable abnormality. Your doctor will treat your symptoms and follow with you. If you are feeling well with medications then he/she will follow. As you age you may require more intervention. You may need a diagnostic study. You will need to manage your weight and to exercise. Watch what you eat. Be well.
Dr. Randy Stevens
Dr. Randy Stevens
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Dr. Roy Shen
Surgery

In brief: Diaphragm hernia

Hiatal hernia is a hernia in the diaphragm where the esophogus go through.
If that opening is too big, then the stomach can go up into the chest and can cause heart burn and reflux, this can be treated with Pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec. Rare requiring surgery to repair.

In brief: Diaphragm hernia

Hiatal hernia is a hernia in the diaphragm where the esophogus go through.
If that opening is too big, then the stomach can go up into the chest and can cause heart burn and reflux, this can be treated with Pepcid (famotidine) or prilosec. Rare requiring surgery to repair.
Dr. Roy Shen
Dr. Roy Shen
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