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ask: can a small hiatus hernia heal itself

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

That is a very good question.
A hiatal hernia results when part of your stomach pushes upward through your diaphragm. The diaphragm normally has a small opening called the hiatus. The esophagus or food tube passes through the hiatus to connect to the stomach. The stomach can push through this opening and cause a hiatal hernia.

Generally, a small hiatal hernia does not cause problems. Often, it
goes undetected until a physician discovers it when doing a physical exam to check for another condition.

Lifestyle changes such as eating several smaller meals throughout the day rather than a few large meals, avoiding alcohol and elevating the head of your bed 6 inches can help control the symptoms of acid reflux caused by a hiatal hernia.

The staff of the Mayo Clinic warn that some alternative medicine practitioners claim to cure a hiatal hernia by pushing the stomach back to its normal position below the diaphragm. Practitioners use their hands to apply pressure to the abdomen and manipulate the stomach.

There is no evidence that such manipulation works to cure a hiatal hernia. No clinical trials of the technique have been conducted.

In conclusion, no, a hiatal hernia will not resolve or heal itself.


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