If you are not obese but experiencing severe acid reflux or heartburn, there is a chance that you have a hiatal hernia. Certain diagnostic procedures are needed to determine if this is really the case. Dr. Choi explains how hiatal hernia can cause these symptoms and some suggested treatments or surgeries.
What Are the Possible Causes of Acid Reflux or Heartburn?
I’ve been approached by many of my patients and say “Dr. Choi, I have heartburn or reflux and I don’t understand what that is and I’m not obese”. Sometimes there’s a chance that you might have a hiatal hernia and how do you diagnose that? Either your gastroenterologist or an upper GI or actually we’ll find that out. Now if you do have a hiatal hernia we will have to do some more testing we’ll have to get a 24-hour pH probe and manometry to make sure that you do have some problems with your stomach. And once we find out that this is the reason or possibility of you having gastroesophageal reflux, we will recommend treatments, surgical treatments like Nissen Fundoplications or Toupets.