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A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in the diaphragm. The diaphragm is the muscle wall that separates the stomach from the chest. The diaphragm helps keep acid from coming up into the esophagus. When you have a hiatal hernia, it's easier for the acid to come up. The leaking of acid from the stomach into the esophagus is called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD may cause symptoms such as

Hiatal hernias are common, especially in people over age 50. If you have symptoms, eating small meals, avoiding certain foods, not smoking or drinking alcohol, and losing weight may help. Your doctor may recommend antacids or other medicines. If these don't help, you may need surgery.

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  1. Hiatal Hernia (National Library of Medicine)  
    A hiatal hernia is a condition in which the upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in the ... up into the esophagus. When you have a hiatal hernia, it's easier for the acid to come up. ...
  2. Hernia - hiatal ... bending over or lying down Swallowing difficulty A hiatal hernia by itself rarely causes symptoms. Pain and discomfort ...
  3. Hiatal Hernia (InteliHealth) (Harvard Medical School)  
    ... into an area where it shouldn't. A hiatal hernia is named for the hiatus, an opening in ... the stomach) goes through this opening. In a hiatal hernia, part of the stomach and/or the section ...
  4. ... Belsey (Mark IV) fundoplication; Toupet fundoplication; Thal fundoplication; Hiatal hernia repair; Endoluminal fundoplication ... this surgery, your surgeon will: First repair the hiatal hernia, if present. This involves tightening the opening in ...
  5. Hiatal Hernia (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)  
  6. ... acid backflows from the stomach into the esophagus. Hiatal hernia repair is surgery to repair a bulging of ... the abdomen and chest (diaphragm) into the chest (hiatal hernia). Hiatal hernia repair may be recommended when the ...
  7. ... fundoplication - children; Toupet fundoplication - children; Thal fundoplication - children; Hiatal hernia repair - children; Endoluminal fundoplication - children
  8. A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach protrudes up into the chest through the sheet of muscle called ...
  9. ... portion of the stomach protruding through the diaphragm (hiatal hernia).
  10. Confusing or Ambiguous Upper Gut Symptoms (International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders) - PDF  
    ... is usually swallowed. This is known as waterbrash . Hiatal Hernia In many people, the junction between the esophagus ( ... the causes of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). However, hiatal hernia [also referred to as hiatus hernia ] is an ...
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