A hiatal hernia occurs when part of the stomach bulges into the chest cavity.
A hiatal hernia may allow stomach acid and juices to back up into the esophagus (acid reflux). This can cause a feeling of burning, warmth, heat, or pain behind the breastbone. This feeling may often occur after you eat, soon after you lie down, or when you bend forward, and it may come and go. You also may have a sour taste in your mouth. These symptoms are commonly known as heartburn or reflux. But not all hiatal hernias cause symptoms.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
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