Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia occurs when your stomach pushes up through a hole in your diaphragm into your esophagus.  Small hernias normally go unnoticed, but larger ones can cause acid reflux.  In fact, hiatal hernias are one of the leading causes of GERD.

Over the counter medications are usually sufficient for treating a hernia. Exceptionally large hernias may require surgery, but this is uncommon.