If you suffer from nausea, vomiting, and severe chest or abdominal pain that doesn’t go away with regular treatments, you may have a hiatal hernia. At Illinois Gastroenterology Group, the expert board-certified specialists know how to recognize and treat hiatal hernias as well as the symptoms that accompany this condition. To prevent complications and get relief from heartburn, call the office in Gurnee, Evanston, Skokie, Libertyville, Lindenhurst, Highland Park, & Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment today.
A hiatal hernia is when the upper part of your stomach pushes past the hiatal opening in your diaphragm and protrudes into your chest. The diaphragm is a thin muscle that separates your chest and abdomen.
If you develop a hiatal hernia, it allows food and stomach acid to go back up into your esophagus, leading to heartburn and its related symptoms.
A small hiatal hernia usually has no symptoms. In fact, you may not even know you have one until your doctor performs a routine exam or checks for another condition.
If your hiatal hernia is more severe, it allows stomach acid to enter up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms like:
Patients over the age of 50 or those who struggle with obesity are more likely to develop hiatal hernias. Hiatal hernias are also a leading cause of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you notice these symptoms, see a specialist at Illinois Gastroenterology Group right away.
Most cases of hiatal hernia show up during a test to determine the cause of heartburn or upper abdominal pain. Illinois Gastroenterology Group uses X-rays or endoscopy procedures to determine the cause of your heartburn.
Once your doctor confirms your hiatal hernia, they prescribe the appropriate treatment. If your hiatal hernia is small, you may not have any symptoms and require no treatment. They can also help you manage mild symptoms with lifestyle and dietary changes.
However, if your case is more advanced, and you have symptoms of heartburn and acid reflux, Illinois Gastroenterology Group can suggest one or a combination of:
If you have persistent acid reflux and suspect a hiatal hernia, call or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation at Illinois Gastroenterology Group right away.