Symptoms of a Hiatal Hernia
You may experience several common symptoms when you have a hiatal hernia, which also occur for a number of gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. If any of the following symptoms are severe or persist, you should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist:
- Chest pain
Diagnosing and Treating a Hiatal Hernia
Houston Methodist’s gastroenterologists can diagnose hiatal hernias with an X-ray or an endoscopy . In some cases, medications that neutralize, reduce or block acids may be the best way to treat your hiatal hernia. In more severe cases, which are rare, your physician may recommend advanced laparoscopic surgery, which involves inserting special tools through small abdominal incisions. The tools, called trocars, are equipped with small cameras and surgical instruments. Surgeons manipulate the instruments as they watch a magnified view of the surgical field on a monitor.