Hiatal Hernia Explained

Hiatal Hernia Repair – Explained

Hiatal hernia is a common condition that usually presents few or mild symptoms that can be managed sufficiently through lifestyle adjustments and/or medications. When complicated by severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (link to GERD page), however, hiatal hernia repair surgery is the only remedy.

Whenever an organ pushes into part of the body where it doesn’t belong, it’s called a hernia. A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of the stomach protrudes through the diaphragm up into the chest. This allows food and acid to back up into the esophagus, leading to heartburn or acid reflux. Left untreated, these conditions can develop into more serious, even life-threatening, GI problems.

Hernias are common and can affect men, women and children. They may be caused by physical activities and medical problems that increase pressure on the belly – including but not limited to coughing, vomiting, constipation or straining during a bowel movement, heavy lifting or sudden physical exertion and pregnancy.  Diet, obesity and smoking can also be contributing factors.

The two types of hiatal hernias are sliding hiatal hernia and a paraesophageal hernia.

A sliding hiatal hernia can cause heartburn, belching and sometimes regurgitation (backflow of stomach content into the esophagus and/or throat). A paraesophageal hernia may cause excruciating abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and can be life threatening in itself.

Hiatal hernia repair surgery involves tightening the junction between the stomach and esophagus. The surgery usually is done by pulling the stomach back below the diaphragm and reapproximating the separated diaphragm muscle back into normal position.

The Antirefluxcenter uses the newest, minimally invasive robotic surgery technology to perform hiatal hernia repair surgery in an outpatient setting. As with all minimally invasive procedures (also known as keyhole or laparoscopic surgery), tiny, physician-guided instruments are inserted into one or more dime-sized incisions to perform the process. This typically means less blood loss, postoperative pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery time and quicker return to your normal activities.

It’s important to note that “robotically-assisted” does not mean a robot will perform your procedure. Your surgeon is 100 percent in control throughout robotic surgery.

Robotics give our surgeons a technical advantage by providing enhanced capabilities, including high-definition, 3-D vision and a magnified view to translate their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. These capabilities ensure the highest level of precision and accuracy in performing hiatal hernia procedures.

The Antirefluxcenter is committed to delivering the excellent medical care and personal attention that you deserve in an outpatient setting. Call us today (855) 648-4799 to learn more about our advanced diagnostic procedures and treatments for hiatal hernia.