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.

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
  • Obesity
  • 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
  • Surgery

To learn what treatments for a hiatal hernia could be of benefit to you, please contact our providers in Phoenix, AZ.

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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.

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