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Hiatal hernias are common in the United States. Your esophagus (food tube) passes through a small opening in your diaphragm before it attaches to your stomach. This small hole is called the hiatus. A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of your stomach pushes up through the hiatus and enters your chest cavity.
A small hiatal hernia may never cause any symptoms or complications, whereas, a larger hiatal hernia could cause food and acid to flow back up the esophagus and a feeling of “heartburn”.
A hiatal hernia is often caused by weakened muscles and connective tissue within and around the hiatus.
The most common causes and risk factors for a hiatal hernia include:
Contact a GI Alliance gastroenterologist today if you are experiencing any of these symptoms persistently.
Most people with small hiatal hernias will not need any treatment.
If you are experiencing symptoms, the most common treatments for a hiatal hernia include:
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