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How Are Hiatal Hernias Treated?

Hernia surgery is not necessary when patients do not have any symptoms associated with their hiatal hernia. Although some mild symptoms such as bloating or stomach displeasure, and heartburn can occur, there are ways a hiatal hernia may be treated through healthy lifestyle changes, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting fatty, acidic, and caffeinated foods
  • Avoiding alcoholic beverages
  • Quitting smoking
  • No eating at least 2-3 hours before going to bed
  • Elevating the head while sleeping

Other treatments include taking over-the-counter antacids to chemically neutralize stomach acid, thereby reducing heartburn symptoms. Hernia surgery may be recommended in case of paraesophageal hernia (when part of the stomach squeezes through the hiatus), which sometimes strangles the stomach


This page was modified on Aug 30, 2022 by Dr. Sadek (Surgeon) of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics
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