How common is hiatal hernia?

The incidence of hiatal hernia increases with age and occurs in approximately 10% of the adult population. In patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal x-ray examination, with abdominal compression hiatus hernia was diagnosed in half of the patients undergoing the study. Approximately 95-99% of all hiatal hernias are type I (sliding) are either asymptomatic or cause symptoms of reflux that are treated by medicines.