Hiatal Hernias Common in Obese Patients

Hiatal Hernias Common in Obese Patients

A hiatal hernia is a hernia located inside the abdominal cavity at the junction of the esophagus and the stomach near the diaphragm. This condition causes the upper portion of the stomach to migrate through the esophageal hiatus into the chest cavity, causing symptoms of acid reflux. A hiatal hernia is a common symptom in patients that are overweight, have had previous weight loss surgery – particularly those with a failed lap band.

If you are overweight and are suffering symptoms of acid reflux, losing weight can play a significant role in the improvement of your health and heartburn symptoms. People that struggle with weight and obesity are susceptible to hiatal hernias.

Other possible causes of hiatal hernias are: 

  • Injury to the area
  • Being born with an unusually large hiatus
  • Persistent and intense pressure on the surrounding muscles, such as when coughing, vomiting or straining during a bowel movement, or while lifting heavy objects
  • Age 50 or older
  • Obese

Self-Assessment Test

Answer the following questions to help you and your physician diagnose your hiatal hernia:

  • When did you first begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • How severe are your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, seems to improve your symptoms?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen your symptoms?

Are you ready to take care of your hiatal hernia symptoms for good? Contact a hernia specialist today and see what options you have to live pain free!

Source: Mayo Clinic


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