Acid Reflux And Hiatus Hernia

Acid Reflux And Hiatus Hernia


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 cause of a hiatal hernia is usually unknown. Weak supportive tissues and increased abdominal pressure can contribute to the condition. 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 can require a variety of treatments, ranging from watchful waiting in mild cases to surgery in severe cases.