Hiatal Hernia Treatment in Brownsville, TX
A hiatal hernia is a relatively common condition in which the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. There are many cases of hiatal hernias in America annually, and it happens to a majority of senior citizens.
Dr. Carlos Barba provides state of the art, minimally invasive treatment options for hiatal hernias. With offices in Harlingen and Brownsville , TX, Dr. Barba is south Texas’ leader in hernia repair and general surgery. Learn about your treatment options and schedule your consultation with Dr. Barba today.
What Causes a Hiatal Hernia?
Generally, the membrane that connects the chest the diaphragm keeps the stomach in place. However, due to:
- Old Age,
- Frequent vomiting,
The membrane can degenerate, which may force a segment of the stomach into the chest cavity, following the esophagus. We find that mostly middle-aged people to the elderly are the ones who suffer from hiatal hernias the most frequently. However, it is not rare that a younger individual will need treatment for a hiatal hernia.
How do I know if I have a Hiatal Hernia?
Most people won’t know if they have a hiatal hernia or not. It doesn’t cause symptoms by itself. However, there are things that someone who may have a hiatal hernia may notice:
- Chest pain
- Acid Reflux
- Heartburn that varies with bodily position/stance
- Foreign feeling of air pressure
Hiatal Hernia can be tested in a medical environment with the following tests:
- Barium Swallow X-Ray
- pH Test for stomach acids in esophagus
However, a doctor will generally not test for Hiatal Hernia if there are no symptoms present. Treatment is often based on the symptoms experienced.
Treating the Symptoms of Hiatal Hernia
Depending on the intensity of the symptoms experienced, there are different solutions for treating a Hiatal Hernia:
- Weight Management
- If your weight is causing hiatal herniation, the healthiest way to remove the damage is to lose the weight. Depending on the outcome of weight loss, other procedures may be necessary.
- Antacids / Acid Suppressants
- Taking either prescription or over-the-counter antacids or acid suppressants can reduce the effects of acid in the stomach, or reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, minimizing any “spilling” of acids outside of the stomach.
- If all else has failed, minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery can fix a hiatal hernia (and many other herniations in the body).
Schedule an Appointment for Hiatal Hernia Treatment
If your hiatal hernia is causing other health problems, discomfort, or distress minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery might be right for you. Dr. Carlos A. Barba specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures for patients suffering from hiatal hernia symptoms in Brownsville, TX. He will diagnose your symptoms and discover the best treatment option for you. For more information, call Dr. Carlos Barba at (956) 621-498 and schedule an appointment today!