Hiatal hernias or paraesophageal hernias occur when the stomach protrudes into the chest through an enlarged opening in the diaphragm. The abnormal position of the stomach may produce severe acid reflux, abdominal or chest pain, intestinal bleeding, or (in rare cases) acute twisting of the stomach that requires emergent intervention. Small, sliding hiatal hernias may not require surgery. Larger hernias may benefit from surgical correction, in which the surgeon places the stomach/organs back into their proper position and repairs the defect in the diaphragm. Most often, this surgery is performed laparoscopically, and patients are generally discharged from the hospital within 1-3 days. The majority of patients are back to normal daily activities in about 2 weeks.
TOA Surgical Specialists are available to assist you in the management of your hiatal hernia or paraesophageal hernia. To learn more, please call our office.
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