For patients with hiatal hernia at Florida Hospital, paraesophageal hernia repair is recommended when the condition causes painful symptoms.
Usually asymptomatic, paraesophageal hernia pain occurs when the stomach is strangulated or stuck in the chest cavity. This means the blood flow is stopped or greatly decreased to the part of the stomach that is strangulated, causing paraesophageal hernia symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, difficulty swallowing and vomiting. If left untreated, the tissue of the strangulated stomach can die.
Florida Hospital Hernia Surgery
Florida Hospital specialists encourage anyone with paraesophageal hernia symptoms to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If diagnosed with strangulated stomach, the physician will recommend paraesophageal hernia repair.
In this procedure, the physician inserts a laparoscope into a small opening in the abdomen to repair the hernia, reposition the stomach and reinforce the hiatus (the opening through which the stomach entered the chest cavity).
As with any surgery, hernia repair complications can occur during and after the procedure, but these side effects are rare. For most patients, hernia repair recovery is fast and safe. In fact, the prognosis is very good for patients treated with paraesophageal hernia repair surgery.
When treated quickly, the symptoms of paraesophageal hernia, such as strangulated stomach can be fixed and the stomach replaced. For patients who receive laparoscopic treatment quickly, hernia repair recovery is even shorter than patients who receive open hernia repair surgery.
The Prognosis for Laparoscopic Hernia Repair
Laparoscopic surgery greatly decreases a patient’s hernia repair recovery time because it is less invasive, the incision is smaller and the instruments allow for precise, quick surgery.
For more information on your individual prognosis, speak with the specialists at Florida Hospital today.