Re: Mary - Acid Reflex/stomach
Other hernias are usually surgically repaired as soon as they are diagnosed. With hiatal hernia, it's not always necessary. There are lots of people wandering around out there with hiatal hernias who feel totally fine.
If it is necessary, for example, if it causes severe reflux that persists for months or years despite nonsurgical treatment, it's usually repaired as part of a procedure called nissen fundoplication. But again, for most people it doesn't come to that.