A hiatal hernia occurs when part of your stomach pushes up into your esophagus through the opening that separates your chest from your stomach (esophageal hiatus in the diaphragm). This prevents the esophageal sphincter from closing completely, which can cause food and stomach acid to back up into your esophagus, called acid reflux.
Hiatal hernias may be caused by increased pressure in your abdomen when you lift something heavy, push during a bowel movement, cough, or vomit. You can also get a hiatal hernia during pregnancy or from a buildup of fluid in your abdomen.
Hiatal hernias affect men and women of all ages, but it mainly occurs in people 50 and older. People who are overweight or smokers have a greater risk of developing a hiatal hernia.
Hiatal hernias often don't cause symptoms. When there are symptoms, they can mimic some that happen with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), including:
- Bloating and burping
- Chest pain
- Pain in your throat or stomach
- Regurgitation of undigested food or liquid
- Sour or bitter taste in the back of your throat
At the University of Miami Health System, we offer a full range of the latest treatments for hiatal hernias. You get personal attention and a treatment plan that gives you the best results. You can be confident you’re working with a knowledgeable, experienced team.
Why Choose UHealth?
Fast, accurate diagnosis. We have the only motility lab in South Florida, which allows our GI specialists to provide accurate results faster. That means they can begin treatment right away, and you can feel better sooner.
Expert care for digestive conditions. Our digestive health experts care for a full range of conditions – from an upset stomach to colorectal cancer. As an academic medical center, we offer the latest, proven approaches backed by the leading-edge research of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
A comprehensive team. Digestive health specialists work as a team with dietitians, surgeons, and other specialists to ensure you get complete care. You work with a team that gives you individual attention and treatment that offers you the best possible results.
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