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Hiatal Hernia

Treating This Common Cause of Heartburn

The diaphragm, a muscle that controls breathing, has a small hole in it called the hiatus through which the esophagus connects to the stomach. A hernia, or bulge of tissue, can develop through the hiatus when the stomach starts to push its way up and through the opening. This condition is called a hiatal hernia.

Hiatal hernias can lead to undesirable complications and many doctors recommend hiatal hernia repair to fix the condition. The miVIP Surgical Centers offer a minimally invasive surgical treatment to repair this painful condition. To request additional hiatal hernia information, contact one of our representatives directly.

Hiatal Hernia Statistics

Age is an important factor when determining who is most likely to develop a hiatal hernia. About 15 percent of residents of the United States have been diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. More than half of all these cases are found in people who are older than 50. Nearly all cases (95 percent,) are not life-threatening and are diagnosed as sliding hiatal hernias.

Risk Factors

Researchers cannot yet pinpoint specific causes for hiatal hernias, but there are several conditions that make a person more likely to develop one. Some conditions are present from birth while other factors can be prevented. The most common situations that produce these hernias are:

  • Straining during bowel movements
  • A chronic cough
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity

As more hiatal hernia information is brought o light, doctors hope to be able to predict who will develop hernias and how to prevent their development.

Common Symptoms

Some individuals may have a hiatal hernia without experiencing any negative symptoms. However, other people may be made very uncomfortable with the painful side effects. Some of the worst symptoms are:

  • Frequent regurgitation
  • Chest pain directly below the breastbone, commonly known as heartburn
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Burning in the esophagus
  • A bloated feeling after eating a moderate amount of food

Minimally Invasive Hernia Repair

Most surgeons will only recommend hiatal hernia repair if a patient is being made uncomfortable by the condition. If there are no visible symptoms, there is often no need for surgery.

At miVIP Surgical Centers, our surgeons are pleased to offer minimally invasive hiatal hernia repair. This procedure is laparoscopic and only requires small incisions to insert a camera and surgical tools into the abdomen. Because the incision site is so small, recovery is often halved when compared to more destructive open surgery methods.

Additional Information

Most patients report that hiatal hernia repair addresses their most painful and uncomfortable symptoms. However, having surgery does not guarantee that the hernia won’t come back.

Schedule a Visit to miVIP

To receive additional hiatal hernia information or to schedule an appointment with a surgeon, call miVIP at 877-956-2263.

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