Hiatal or Paraesophageal

Hiatal Hernia

 hiatal hernia

Hiatal hernias occur when the stomach or esophagus slide up through the diaphragm into the chest. Common symptoms are heartburn or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Paraesophageal hernias occur when part of the stomach is squeezed up into the chest beside the esophagus. The stomach can be strangulated, restricting blood supply to the related tissues. Hiatal hernias may be recurrent, which means that a previously repaired hernia has returned.

Treatment Options

People with especially weak abdominal walls or multiple surgical sites may simultaneously suffer from a combination of types of hernias.

 

Hundreds of thousands of hernia repair operations are performed each year both with and without surgical mesh, and patients generally recover quickly and do well after surgery. However, all surgical procedures are associated with some risk. Speak to your surgeon prior to surgery about possible risks and complications. Some of the possible complications include adverse reactions to the mesh, adhesions (bands of scar-like tissue) and injuries to nearby organs, nerves or blood vessels. Other complications of hernia repair can occur with or without the mesh, including infection, chronic pain and hernia recurrence.


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