Learn More About Hiatal Hernias,
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If you have a Hiatal Hernia, miVIP provides state-of-the-art surgical options.
A hiatal hernia occurs when your stomach manages to push up through a hole in your diaphragm, known as a hiatus. You may not even notice it, as symptoms do not always occur.
What are the causes and symptoms of Hiatal Hernias?
People who are over 50 or obese have an increased risk of hiatal hernia. It can also be caused by having a large hiatus, chest or stomach trauma, or even too much pressure on your muscles when you are vomiting, coughing, or straining.
Common symptoms include:
- Acid reflux
- Difficulty swallowing
- Unexplained tiredness
What treatments are available for Hiatal Hernias?
A hiatal hernia can sometimes be treated by simply using medications for acid reflux control. If you happen to have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hiatal hernia repair might be recommended. Repair surgery might also be recommended if your hiatus starts narrowing, or your lungs become inflamed from gastric fluids coming from the hiatus.
What is Hiatal Hernia Repair Surgery?
If necessary, you may undergo Laparoscopic surgery for your hernia repair. Laparoscopic surgery means that only small incisions are made instead of one large one. For hernia repair, there are usually 3 small incisions made above your navel. A scope is inserted in one, while small instruments are inserted in the others. The stomach and lower esophagus are pulled back into their proper places and the hiatus is then tightened. Your stomach is then stitched in the correct place to keep the hernia from recurring. Visit our medical library to learn more about Laparoscopic surgery.
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