Hiatal Hernia in Arizona
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What is a hiatal hernia?
Hiatal hernias are a typical GI issue in the United States. The esophagus goes through a small hole in the diaphragm before it connects to the stomach. This opening is named the hiatus. A hiatal hernia is where a portion of the stomach bulges up through the hiatus and into the chest cavity. Should you suspect your symptoms are because of a hiatal hernia, make an appointment at Arizona Digestive Health to request a consultation with a gastroenterologist in Phoenix, AZ.
What causes a hiatal hernia?
Weakness in your muscles and connective tissue in and around the hiatus can lead to a hiatal hernia. Risk factors for developing a hiatal hernia include:
- Being born with an abnormally large hiatus
- Coughing excessively
- Being over the age of 50
- Age-related changes in your diaphragm
- Injury to your hiatus from trauma or surgery
- Frequent vomiting
- Straining during a bowel movement
- Lifting heavy weights
What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia?
The symptoms of a hiatal hernia may be different depending on the seriousness of the issue. There are several common signs that you may have a hiatal hernia. These are:
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Blackened stools
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Shortness of breath
- Vomiting blood
- Difficulty swallowing
If you are experiencing any combination of the above symptoms, please contact Arizona Digestive Health right away. Our providers are equipped to treat hiatal hernia in Phoenix, AZ.
How are hiatal hernias treated?
People who have a small hiatal hernia may not require any treatment, but our providers at Arizona Digestive Health are available to offer treatment when required. If you are experiencing troubling symptoms, the typical treatments for a hiatal hernia would be:
- Quitting smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Dietary changes to reduce acid reflux
- Sleeping with your head elevated
- Avoiding lying down after a meal
- Antacid medications
To learn what treatments for a hiatal hernia could be of benefit to you, please contact our providers in Phoenix, AZ.
Enhance your digestive wellness
Our providers at Arizona Digestive Health are committed to assisting you in your journey to improved gastrointestinal health. Should you be experiencing symptoms of a hiatal hernia in Phoenix, AZ, our team would like to help you. To find a gastroenterologist who can treat hiatal hernia or any other GI tract condition, contact our location and request a consultation.
Have had a Hiatal Hernia for years my new PC Dr Ronaldo Luanzon referred me to Dr Yanish. He set up an Endoscopy for me. Dr and his staff are Great and efficient. Dr Yanish explained everything afterward. I have to have more tests. He is very thorough. I would highly recommend him.
Dr. Yannish is my second opinion from the surgeon that saved my life but was too casual in my care afterwords, meaning everytime I was in the hospital, they would call him, he'd stop by and see me then tell me to see him in the office and when I did, he had nothing further for me. Dr. Yannish actually asks and cares how I'm feeling. I've had two visits with him this far and I feel we are on the road moving forward. I highly, greatly recommend him to anyone that needs a G. I. specialist whether is be the beginning of any concerns to if you aren't getting anywhere with your current G. I. Run to Dr. Yannish!! I am.stage 4 kidney failure with short gut syndrome and now with an Hiatal Hernia. His Medical Assistant is very nice, and understanding just as Dr. Yannish is. My first visit, I left crying in happy tears because the questions he asked me, I felt I was alone in dealing with my issues. I wish there was one perfect word to describe this Dr. and the care he provides, but at the moment I can say I feel relieved.