The two types of hiatal hernia vary in severity, referred to as the stages of paraesophageal hernia and sliding hernia. The first stage of hiatal hernia is a sliding hiatal hernia, a condition where the stomach pushes through the diaphragm into the chest and the goes back again.
The second stages of hiatal hernia is known as the paraesophageal hernia. At this stage, the hiatal hernia stays in the chest instead of returning to its proper position. While many patients do not feel symptoms of paraesophageal hernia, the condition can cause complications of not treated.
The third stage of paraesophageal hiatal hernia combines the two types of hiatal hernia. The stomach stays above the hiatus, but portions of it slides back into the correct place.
The fourth of the paraesophageal hernia stages is when the entire stomach and organs attached to it is pushed into the chest cavity, including the colon and spleen. This fourth stage is rare, and therefore is not often categorized.
Regardless of the stage of paraesophageal hernia, Florida Hospital can help treat your condition with the best treatment for your specific situation.