Heartburn is common before and after weight loss surgery, but if it is persistent and doesn’t improve with medication, a hiatal hernia could be to blame. Often, people who have hiatal hernias don’t have any symptoms at all, but when symptoms do occur, they are usually intense.
Hiatal hernias occur when part of the stomach moves into the opening that goes through the diaphragm to allow the esophagus to enter the stomach. This opening is called the hiatal opening. When this happens, acid reflux, heartburn, and chest pain can occur. Sometimes, the pain of a hiatal hernia sends people to the ER because they think that they are having a heart attack. Our bariatric surgeon is experienced in treating this uncomfortable problem.
For more information about hiatal hernias and our bariatric surgery procedures, call Bariatric Care Centers at (713) 339-1353. We can answer your questions about weight loss procedures in Houston and help you schedule an appointment.
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