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How to Treat a Hiatal Hernia

Learn how to treat a hiatal hernia from gastroenterologist Lisa Ganjhu, M.D. in this Howcast video about stomach problems and digestive disorders.


There's a couple of ways you can treat it but he most common way and the most permanent way of treating a hiatal hernia is basically with surgery. And that's when the surgeon will actually go into the abdominal cavity, pull the stomach down from the chest into the abdominal cavity and close up that defect within the diaphragm.

For non-surgical treatments of hiatal hernia, it's basically treated by reducing the abdominal waist. So that is losing weight and actually firming up your abdominal cavity. And that's really the best way to prevent a hiatal hernia and to manage your hiatal hernia. But it's not always permanent. The surgical options are actually a much more permanent way of treating that hiatal hernia. Unless you have surgery the hiatal hernia can intermittently pop in and out, and that is what most commonly happens. It can hit anyone from childhood to adulthood, there isn't any age predisposition to developing hiatal hernia.

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