Hiatus Hernia: Symptoms, Treatment and Causes

What Is A Hiatus Hernia?

A hiatus hernia is when part of your stomach moves up into your chest. It is a very common condition if you’re over 50 years old. It does not normally need treatment if it’s not causing you problems. It is possible to have a hiatus hernia without knowing and without it causing any problems.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a hiatus hernia, please contact MyHealthcare Clinic on 0207 099 5555 now for an appointment with one of our GPs. Same day, online and in-person GP appointments at our award-winning clinics are available Monday to Saturday.

Hiatus hernia symptoms

Some of the symptoms of a hiatus hernia include:

·      Having a painful burning feeling in your chest, often after eating, known as heartburn

·      Bringing up small amounts of food or bitter-tasting fluids, known as acid reflux

·      Having bad breath

·      Burping and feeling bloated

·      Feeling or being sick

·      Having difficulty swallowing

These are the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).

Treatment for a hiatus hernia

One of our GPs will advise a course of treatment for you to help with the symptoms of GORD, usually with suggestions to:

·      Change your eating habits, for example, by eating smaller, more frequent meals

·      Give up smoking, as it can irritate your digestive system, making symptoms worse

·      Take some medicines to relieve symptoms of GORD

What causes a hiatus hernia

It’s not clear what causes a hiatus hernia. Anyone can have one, but it’s more common if you’re over 50, pregnant or overweight.

A GP may refer you to a specialist to check if you need surgery. This usually only happens if other treatments have not worked and you keep having very bad symptoms.

Surgery for a hiatus hernia

Keyhole surgery (also called a Laparoscopy) is usually used for a hiatus hernia. This involves making small cuts in your stomach. It’s done under general anaesthetic, so you’ll be asleep during the operation.