Hiatal Hernia in Washington

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Hiatal hernia concerns are frequent among people in the United States. The esophagus crosses through a little opening in your diaphragm and then attaches to your stomach. The small cleft is known as the hiatus. A hiatal hernia occurs when a part of your stomach presses upward into the hiatus and enters your diaphragm. If you suspect you are experiencing signs of this problem or would like care for a hiatal hernia in Washington, it is recommended that you consult a digestive health provider. Request an appointment at Washington Gastroenterology today to connect with a local gastrointestinal specialist in your community.

A hiatal hernia is frequently attributable to weak muscles and tissue within and around the hiatus. Some of the most common causes and factors that increase the risk of a hiatal hernia include:

  • Throwing up
  • Being over the age of 50
  • Age-related alterations in your diaphragm
  • Being born with an abnormally large hiatus
  • Chronic coughing
  • Straining to pass a bowel movement
  • Lifting weights that are heavy
  • Injury to your hiatus related to trauma or a surgical procedure
  • Being overweight

The indications of a hiatal hernia may differ according to the severity of the issue. Even so, there are a few common symptoms that occur if a hiatal hernia is present, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Blackened bowel movements
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort in the chest
  • Vomiting blood
  • Heartburn and acid reflux

If you suffer from one or more of the hiatal hernia symptoms indicated above, don't hesitate to reach out to our Washington digestive health team to request a consultation at a location near you.

Most people with mild hiatal hernias will not need any treatment; however, our providers at Washington Gastroenterology are ready to provide care if needed. If you are dealing with symptoms and require assistance, some common treatments for a hiatal hernia include:

  • Surgery
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Elevate the head of your bed
  • Quit tobacco
  • Antacid medications
  • Don't lie down after you eat
  • Reduce acid reflux through diet
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At Washington Gastroenterology, our providers are dedicated to helping you and your family get the solutions you require for elevated digestive health. When you’ve dealt with persistent acid reflux or additional hiatal hernia issues that you're not able to manage, it might be time to find professional treatment. If you are looking for a provider who specializes in hiatal hernia treatment in Washington, we invite you to reach out to our practice now to connect with a specialist in your community.

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