Travel insurance hiatus hernia. A hiatus hernia can affect anyone, but it is more common in people who are over 50 years of age, overweight or are pregnant. It’s estimated that one third of people over the age of 50 have a hiatus hernia. There is also a rare type of hiatus hernia that can affect newborn babies. This is caused by a congenital (meaning that it is present from birth) defect of the stomach or diaphragm.

A hiatus hernia may not even cause you to see any symptoms, but it can lead to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (or GORD).

Travel Insurance Hiatus Hernia

ERGO Medi-Care was created to be able to give those with existing medical conditions the ability to get travel insurance that allows you to continue travelling. We want to help you ‘Get Out There’ and we don’t believe that your medical conditions should be a barrier to that!


Medical Screening with Hiatus Hernia

Your travel insurance provider will need to fully understand your medical conditions before they can provide you with a suitable policy. This is why ERV’s Medi-Care offers a thorough process of online screening or the ability to call one of our team and have someone assist you with a telephone screening instead.

Every individual has different needs relating to their conditions, but this list will give you some indication as to the type of questions that you could be asked when filling out the medical screening questionnaire.

  • Do you take regular medication for this?
  • Have you ever had to have a procedure to widen a narrowing of the oesophagus (food pipe)?


Travelling with Hiatus Hernia

Management of asthma on a regular basis is probably something you’re well aware of, but every now and then we find out about great tips from other people who travel with asthma and wanted to share those tips with you just in case you weren’t already aware!

Here are some useful travel tips that might help you on your next trip away.

Travel Planning

A hiatus hernia doesn’t always require treatment or medication, so there may not be too much you can do in terms of pre-planning for your trip.You should however think about researching medical facilities in the area you are staying in, as obstructed or strangulated hernia are a medical emergency. If you feel chest pain, nausea or vomiting, or are unable to pass wind or have a bowel movement, then you should seek treatment immediately.

Diet & Exercise

When it comes to diet, you’ll have to be just as sensible about what you eat when you’re away and that’s not always easy.Try to avoid the spicy or fatty meals and if possible any citrus fruits. What you should look for is lean meats and baked or grilled foods (not fried) as well as low fat dairy and yogurts.

Eat slowly and eat little amounts more often. If possible, try not to lay down within 3 hours of eating.


A para-oesophageal hernia (POH), or rolling hernia, has few treatments although some medications are available.If you have a sliding hernia it is possible that you may be able to have this treated surgically and could be something to discuss with your GP.

A hiatus hernia, or hiatal hernia, is when part of the stomach squeezes up into the chest through an opening (“hiatus”) in the diaphragm.
The diaphragm is a large, thin sheet of muscle between the chest and the abdomen (tummy).

(Information from NHS Choices)


Medi-Care Disclaimer

This content provides general information for travellers who may have a pre-existing medical condition. All pre-existing medical conditions will need to be declared when applying for travel insurance and are taken into account on an individual basis when quoting for your policy.

Pre-Existing Medical Condition: Any past, current or reoccurring medical condition which has been diagnosed, investigated or treated at any time prior to travel, even if this condition is considered to be stable and under control.

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