While the condition is asymptomatic, patients may live without hernia treatment, but doctors recommend paraesophageal hernia repair when the condition becomes painful. These painful symptoms of paraesophageal hernia indicate a related condition or serious complication that needs immediate attention.
For painful symptoms, hernia surgery is the only one of the paraesophageal hernia treatments that can cure the pain. Doctors perform the surgery using a laparoscopic instrument inserted through a small incision in the abdomen.
This procedure is less painful and requires less recovery time than traditional surgery. Paraesophageal hernia surgery repairs the hernia by repositioning the stomach and then reinforcing the hiatus.
Alternate Paraesophageal Hernia Treatments
For patients with this condition, doctors recommend a hiatal hernia diet that avoids spicy and acidic foods, alcohol, tobacco, and over eating. The diet promotes small, bland, high-fiber meals.
These medications can also be prescribed to prevent complications of the hernia:
- Antacids to neutralize acid reflux
- Medications and H2 blockers that decrease the amount of stomach acid
- Medications that increases the muscle in the stomach to help the stomach empty more quickly