Hiatus Hernia Travel Insurance
If you have had or have a Hiatus Hernia, then you will need to have a Travel Insurance policy in place before you leave your home. A Hiatus Hernia or a Hiatal Hernia is a condition when the stomach’s upper part pushes through the diaphragm into the thorax. The diaphragm has a small opening as it is, which is meant to let the food tube pass through. It is when the stomach pushes upward through this tiny hole that a hernia occurs. Often a Hiatus Hernia doesn’t cause any major issues, though, and patients may not even be aware of it. A larger Hernia, on the other, hand will cause acid reflux and heartburn. The main cause for Hernias is obesity.
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JS Travel Insurance provides cover for Residents of the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands.
Summary of Cover
|Section & Cover||Silver||Gold||Platinum|
|Cancellation or Curtailment||-||£2,000||£5,000|
|Medical and Repatriation||£10,000,000||£10,000,000||£10,000,000|
|Failure of Carrier||£1,500||£1,500||£1,500|
Hiatus Hernia Medical Questions
When obtaining a quote for Travel Insurance to cover this condition, you will be asked a number of questions. These will include:
- Do you take regular medication for this ?
- Have you ever had to have a procedure to widen a narrowing of the oesophagus (food pipe) ?
Medication for a Hiatus Hernia
Some of the Medication you may be prescribed if suffering from a Hiatus Hernia are:
- Acid suppressors
- Proton pump inhibitors
- Motility stimulants
Causes and Symptoms a Hiatus Hernia
There are two types of Hiatus Hernia. 8 out of 10 result from the top part of the stomach sliding up through the diaphragm. These are called a Sliding Hiatus Hernia. The remaining 2 out of 10 result from part of the stomach pushes up through the diaphragm, while the sphincter stays below it. This is known as a Rolling Hiatus Hernia.
Hiatus Hernias commonly cause no symptoms; however the patient may suffer from:
- A gravely voice
- Asthma symptoms.
Symptoms may be worse following a meal, when bending over and lying down.
Occasionally Hiatus Hernias can cause serious problems and complications. These can include:
- Damage to the lower oesophagus leading to an ulcer.
- If the ulcer then bleeds the patient may vomit blood and could potentially suffer from Anaemia.
- Healed ulcers can cause a narrowing of the oesophagus which can make swallowing difficult.
- If part of the Hiatus Hernia becomes tightly trapped in the chest it may become starved of blood.
Travel Advice with Hiatus Hernia
- Limit your alcohol intake as this will increase your stomach acid levels.
- Do not smoke as this will also increase your stomach acid levels.
- Make a note of what foods to avoid while you are away and avoid foods which are known to increase heartburn such as spicy foods, citrus and coffee.
- Print off a list of foods to avoid and keep it with you while away.
- If you have been prescribed medicine for your condition such as antacids then make sure you have enough with you to last the entire length of your holiday.
- Do not wear clothing that restricts the stomach such as tight fitting belts or slenderising garments.
- Be careful when lifting heavy suitcases. Bend with your knees and lift with your legs rather than bending at the waist.
- To prevent straining during bowel movements whilst away take a stool softener.
Before you leave the country, it is important to purchase a Travel Insurance policy that will cover your Hiatus Hernia or any other pre existing medical condition you may have.
This Travel Insurance is provided by goodtogoinsurance.com. Goodtogoinsurance.com is a trading name of Ancile Insurance Group Limited, Registered Address: Kao Hockham Building, Edinburgh Way, Harlow, Essex, CM20 2NQ. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority - No. 471641.