June is Hernia Awareness Month, which aims to bring public awareness to symptoms, diagnosis, warning signs and the latest treatment methods of different types of hernias. More than 5 million people have some type of hernia, but only 750,000 of them actually seek medical attention each year. Below, we will discuss the different types of hernias and how they’re treated, and how you can get involved with Hernia Awareness Month.
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If you’ve been recently diagnosed with or suspect you may have a hiatal hernia, you may be surprised to know that there are two types of hiatal hernias you may suffer from. Below, we take a look at the difference between these two types: paraesophageal and sliding hernias, and also discuss hiatal hernia treatment.
Hiatal hernias are fairly commonplace in western society, especially for those over the age of 50. But what is a hiatal hernia? A hiatal hernia occurs when the top portion of your stomach pushes against your abdomen and chest through an opening in your diaphragm, called the hiatus. Below, we take a look at symptoms, causes, treatments, and how your doctor will work to diagnose hiatal hernias.
Our Tampa Bay Reflux Center staff is led by two of the most experienced foregut/esophageal surgeons in the southeastern United States – Dr. Grandhige and Dr. Tapper. Although they’re widely renowned for their treatment of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), that’s not the only condition we treat here at TBRC. Our surgeons specialize in treating four common digestive conditions: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Laryngopharyngeal Reflux Disease, Achalasia, and Hiatal Hernias.
Hiatal hernias are typically diagnosed through one of two methods: an X-ray or with an upper endoscopy. But, what is an upper endoscopy and how does it help diagnose a Hiatal hernia? Let’s take some time find out!