Hiatal Hernia Surgery (Diaphragmatic) - Anchorage, AK
A hiatal hernia develops when the stomach pushes through the diaphragm and into the chest. A small hiatal hernia can be treated with medication while a large hiatal hernia may require surgery. Our surgeon, Dr. Prasad has the experience and expertise to treat hiatal hernias with successful outcomes.
Causes of Hiatal HerniaAny of the following factors may cause a hiatal hernia:
- Being born with a large hiatal opening
- Increased pressure on the abdomen due to vomiting, coughing, straining during bowel movements, lifting heavy objects, or exercising
- Extra fluid in the abdomen
- Injury, trauma, or any surgery around the area
Symptoms of Hiatal HerniaIn most of the cases, you may not have any signs or symptoms. However, you may experience:
- Chest or abdominal pain
- Acid reflux
- Difficulty swallowing
- Shortness of breath
When Do You Need Hiatal Surgery?Not everyone with a hiatal hernia requires surgery. Hiatal hernia surgery is needed in cases where other treatments have not worked well or if you experience the following symptoms:
- Narrowing of the esophagus
How Is Hiatal Surgery Performed?Hiatal surgery can be performed in the following ways:
- Open repair – During this surgical procedure, the surgeon makes one large incision in the abdomen. Then they pull the stomach back and wrap it around the lower part of the esophagus. This creates a tight sphincter preventing stomach acid reflux into the esophagus.
- Laparoscopic repair – During this minimally invasive procedure, several small incisions are made in the abdomen. The surgical instruments and the laparoscope are placed through these incisions which guide the surgeon during the procedure.
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