Hiatal Hernia Treatment in Philadelphia, PA
A hiatal hernia is a relatively common condition in which the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. There are many cases of hiatal hernias in America each year, with a majority of cases belonging to those age 50 and above.
What Causes a Hiatal Hernia?
Generally, the membrane that connects the chest the diaphragm keeps the stomach in place. However, due to:
- Old Age
- Frequent vomiting
the membrane can degenerate, which may force a segment of the stomach into the chest cavity, following the esophagus. We find that mostly middle-aged people to the elderly are the ones who suffer from Hiatal Hernias the most frequently. However, it is not rare that a younger individual will need treatment for a Hiatal Hernia.
Spotting Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia
Most people won’t know if they have a hiatal hernia or not. This medical condition does not often cause notable symptoms by itself. However, there are things that someone who may have a hiatal hernia may notice:
- Chest pain
- Acid Reflux
- Heartburn that varies with bodily position/stance
- Foreign feeling of air pressure
Hiatal Hernia can be tested in a medical environment with the following tests:
- Barium Swallow X-Ray
- pH Test for stomach acids in esophagus
However, a doctor will generally not test for Hiatal Hernia if there are no symptoms present. Treatment is often based on the symptoms experienced.
Management and Treatment of a Hiatal Hernia
Depending on the intensity of the symptoms experienced, there are different solutions for treating a Hiatal Hernia:
- Weight Management
- If your weight is causing hiatal herniation, the healthiest way to remove the damage is to lose the weight. Depending on the outcome of weight loss, other procedures may be necessary.
- Antacids / Acid Suppressants
- Taking either prescription or over-the-counter antacids or acid suppressants can reduce the effects of acid in the stomach, or reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, minimizing any “spilling” of acids outside of the stomach.
- If all else has failed, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery can fix a hiatal hernia (and many other herniations in the body).
Scheduling an Appointment for Hiatal Hernia Treatment
If your hiatal hernia is causing you health problems, call Philadelphia Gastroenterology Consultants at (215) 742-9900.