Hiatal Hernia Repair

Peter J. Lydon, MD, FACS

A Hiatal Hernia occurs when a normal opening in the diaphragm (the muscle that separates your chest from the abdomen) becomes enlarged allowing a portion of the stomach to enter the chest cavity.

In the majority of cases, this type of herniation does not cause any problems and no treatment is required. In some cases, however, symptoms of acid reflux or pain may require surgical repair of the hernia if medications do not help. This repair is performed laparoscopically using minimally invasive techniques via the abdomen.

This is performed under general anesthesia and usually requires an overnight hospital stay and return to daily activities in about a week.