Hernias are defects in the muscular layer of the abdomen that allow abdominal contents to protrude at times. They may have no symptoms, or present as a painful mass or bulge that gets worse with straining or lifting. Most hernias can be repaired electively in an outpatient setting. Incarcerated hernias may present as a surgical emergency, and occasionally require resection of their contents (usually intestine).
A hiatal hernia is a condition in which a small part of your stomach bulges through a hole in your diaphragm. This hole is called a hiatus. It's a normal, anatomically correct opening that allows your esophagus to connect to your stomach.
The hernia itself can play a role in the development of both acid reflux and a chronic form of acid reflux called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Hiatal hernias are defects in the breathing muscle (diaphragm) that allow the stomach to slide from its normal location in the abdomen up into the chest. These may be asymptomatic if small, or cause heartburn, reflux, cough, or regurgitation. Hiatal hernias are usually diagnosed with an endoscopy (EGD), which involves passing a flexible scope through the mouth into the stomach. Initial treatment of small hernias may consist of acid-reducing medications, but surgery is effective for patients who do not get adequate relief or choose not to take these medications long-term. Surgery is generally laparoscopic, and may involve wrapping the stomach around the esophagus (Nissen fundoplication). In patients who undergo bariatric surgery, hiatal hernias are frequently repaired at the same time if present.
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