Hiatus Hernia happens when the upper part of the stomach squeezes through an opening of a weak diaphragm called Hiatus, and into the thorax. This condition is also known as Hiatal Hernia. Hiatus hernia often result in heartburn, chest pain or pain with eating. It is evaluated that a third of people over 50 have hiatus hernia.
Causes of Hiatus Hernia
Hiatus hernia can affect anyone, but it is more common in people over 50 years of age. Common causes of Hiatus hernia are
- Weakening of diaphragm with age
- Pressure on the abdomen
- There is a chance of Hiatus hernia in newborn babies if their diaphragm hasn’t developed properly
Diagnosis and Treatment Procedure
Hiatus hernia can be diagnosed with Upper GI endoscopy. Another method used is the barium upper gastrointestinal series. These methods give a complete and clear picture of the hernia.
Treatments are needed only if the hiatus hernia cause problems. Changing lifestyle and diet measures will help to prevent hernia up to a limit. If self care measures don’t help, medication is the next step.
The surgical procedures available include
- Nissen Fundoplication
- Besley Fundoplication
- Laparoscopic Hill Repair Surgery
- Surgical Repair (Prophylactic Surgery)
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