The diaphragm is a broad, flat muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdominal cavity. It moves up and down when you breathe, creating negative pressure in the chest cavity. The esophagus passes through a small opening in the diaphragm called the hiatus. If this opening becomes stretched, some or all of the stomach is pulled up into the chest cavity. This condition is called a hiatal hernia.
Symptoms Hiatal Hernia
Sour taste in your throat-normally this symptom occurs in the morning. If you feel this symptom every morning and taste is really sour it is time to do something about your heartburn. Following next step is nighttime heartburn. If you have it – then your heartburn is in very bad stage Sore throat. This is a tricky one since it is very easy to confuse it with cold. Only ENT doctor can really say what causes it.
Swallowing difficulties-This one is pretty scary. If your heartburn causes you swallowing problems run to the doctor right now. This symptom could be a sign of something serious. Usually based on this Dr.K.N.Srikanth would suggest you to under gp an endoscopy followed after treatments.
Chest pain– But if you have this symptom it does make sense to consult with your doctor. It is better to make sure that it is not a problem with your heart than have unpleasant surprises later.
Pain, either upper abdominal, or central chest pain– severe pain near or on the upper abdominal or central chest is one of the serious symptom you must take care of. Consult doctor Dr.K.N.Srikanth, he is right person you can really rely upon.
Laparoscopic surgery can offer patients with a hiatal hernia a minimally invasive repair that typically only requires an overnight stay in the hospital. Even very large hernias can usually be repaired in this way by an experienced laparoscopic surgeon. In rare cases the stomach may not be able to be completely mobilized out of the chest cavity due to a shortened esophagus. In these rare situations an esophageal lengthening procedure, called a Collis Gastrostomy may need to be performed before the hernia can be repaired.
In order to avoid hiatus hernia keep away from things like hot foods and drinks, spicy foods, acidic foods, foods which are difficult to digest, smoking, alcohol, Being overweight. Hiatus hernia is not a serious problem it can be easily repaired by aid of Dr.K.N.Srikanth.