A hiatal hernia is when part of your stomach goes beyond the diaphragm and seeps into the chest cavity. A hiatal hernia can cause discomfort and acid reflux and GERD side effects. Medications can be used to eliminate the side effects, but in severe cases, surgery will be required.
During a hiatal hernia repair, practitioners will adjust the placement of the stomach back into the abdomen. In addition, the opening into the diaphragm will be created smaller to prevent this mishap from happening again. Depending on the severity of the hernia, surgeons might also reconstruct the esophageal sphincter and removal additional hernia sacs.
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