Hiatal Hernia Treatment

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Comment by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Often, hiatal hernias do not require treatment. However, if you have symptoms such as gastrosophageal reflux (GERD) associated with a hiatal hernia may be treated.

Lifestyle changes for hiatal hernias

If you have mild acid reflux, diet and lifestyle changes are often the first treatment.

  1. Avoid foods in your diet that may trigger reflux symptoms including fatty foods, spicy foods, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, or peppermint.
  2. Avoid large meals and eating late at night.
  3. Raise the head of your bed (put a foam wedge under the mattress, or wood blocks under the frame – using extra pillows does not help).
  4. Lose weight, quit smoking, wear loose clothing, and chew sugarless gum to increase saliva production.

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