Heartburn & Reflux
Center of Northwest Ohio

Location Information


Bluffton Hospital

139 Garau Street
Bluffton, OH 45817
Office Hours: 24 Hours

Blanchard Valley Hospital

1900 South Main St
Findlay, OH 45840
Office Hours: 24 Hours

Hiatal Hernia

A hiatal hernia is when some of the stomach gets pushed above the diaphragm and into the chest.  Just like a small hernia at the belly button or groin, it can come and go, often does not cause any symptoms, and often does not require repair.  However, a hiatal hernia can also be the cause of GERD, especially when medication is not effective.  Large hiatal hernias are usually symptomatic and require repair.  Determining if you have a hiatal hernia and if it needs repaired is part of the testing for GERD.  Surgery for a hiatal hernia involves gently pushing the stomach back into place through the diaphragmatic opening (hiatus) and repairing this opening to prevent future herniation.  This procedure is usually done in conjunction with a procedure to reinforce the valve between the stomach and esophagus such as a LINX or fundoplication.


What to Expect When Having Surgery at Blanchard Valley Hospital

What to Expect When Having Surgery at Bluffton Hospital

Post Surgical Care:

Diet After Esophageal Surgery