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How are hiatal hernias treated?

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Most people do not experience any symptoms of their hiatal hernia, so you won't require any treatment. However, the paraesophageal hernia (when part of the stomach squeezes through the hiatus) can sometimes cause the stomach to be strangled, so you may need surgery. Other symptoms that may occur along with the hernia, such as chest pain, should be properly evaluated. Symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), such as heartburn, should be treated.

From: Hiatal Hernia WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institutes of Health.

Merck .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

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