The hiatal hernia symptoms women experience may not differ very much from those experienced by men, but more women than men actually suffer from this very common syndrome. When treatment is needed, Dr. Shirin Towfigh of the Beverly Hills Hernia Center is here to help.

There is some good news here. Unlike a more obvious inguinal orepigastric hernia, the majority of hiatal hernias are asymptomatic and do not require treatment. In fact, some 60 percent of the population has these kinds of hernias, but the majority of people with this species of hernia never learn they have them. If, however, you are in the group of people experiencing genuine discomfort caused by a hiatal hernia, you want to work with a highly qualified specialist like Dr. Towfigh.

A hiatal hernia occurs when a portion of the stomach protrudes through an opening in the abdomen known as the hiatus. While this is typically not a major problem, in some instances it can become a significant concern when the hernia may threaten to block the flow of blood to the nearby esophagus.

When they occur, the hiatal hernia symptoms women and men experience typically include heartburn (acid reflux/GERD) as well as shortness of breath, dull pain, discomfort in the esophagus while eating, and even heart palpitations. While many of these hernias are not a serious health threat, it’s nevertheless true that hiatal hernia symptoms in women and men should never be ignored.


If you are experiencing these symptoms, your first step should be to contact the most qualified specialist you have access to. As one of the nation’s very few surgeons who is also a hernia specialist, Dr. Shirin Towfigh is uniquely well qualified to evaluate a patient’s status and determine a course of treatment. If hernia surgery is called for, a patient can be sure that she is in the right hands with Dr. Towfigh and the outstanding medical team at the Beverly Hills Hernia Center.

As the only fulltime specialist focusing on abdominal hernias in the Western United States, Dr. Towfigh is able to distinguish between the genuine hiatal hernia symptoms women and men experience, and other conditions which may present with similar symptoms. Although she always prefers conservative treatments for hernias where appropriate, as a teacher and leader in the field of minimally invasive surgical procedure, she is able to ensure that hernia repair recovery goes as successfully as possible.

If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from any type of hernia, please contact the Beverly Hills Hernia Center as soon as possible. You can reach us by phone at 310-358-5020 or through our contact page. We are located on Roxbury Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills. Dr. Towfigh, and our friendly and experienced staff are looking forward to hearing from you.