Achalasia, Hiatal Hernia and Heartburn

Mary from Humble, TX sent us this question: “I have a Hiatal Hernia with Achalasia. Can surgery on these be done at the same time? What type of surgeon does these? A GI doctor, Thoracic Surgeon, or regular Surgeon? I live around Cypress, Humble area.” Thanks, Mary Dear...

Hiatal Hernia Repair in the Setting of Gastroparesis

Hiatal Hernia Repair in the Setting of Gastroparesis

Lina from Baytown sent us this question: “Hi I am 49-year-old Hispanic women with a long medical history. Systemic Lupus, history of a stroke at 32, kidney failure at 27 and Barrett’s Esophagus among others. I am considering hiatal hernia repair. My GI has advised...

Robotic Hiatal Hernia Repair for Severe Heartburn

Robotic Hiatal Hernia Repair for Severe Heartburn

Question of the week from Reginald in Houston: I had surgery for hiatal hernia in 2014. I re-experienced reflux after 15 months and began taking Omeprazole. This seemed to work. In the last 4 months other symptoms have begun and my surgeon had me go...

Weight Lifting, Hiatal Hernia, and Acid Reflux

Weight Lifting, Hiatal Hernia, and Acid Reflux

Case Presentation: Allen is a pleasant 60-year-old male with new onset heartburn, food regurgitation, bloating and excessive burping. He is otherwise healthy and maintains a healthy lifestyle. 6 months prior to presenting to Houston heartburn and Reflux Center, Allen started heavy weight lifting. He was...

Fundoplication, Hiatal Hernia Repair and Esophageal Dysmotility

Fundoplication, Hiatal Hernia Repair and Esophageal Dysmotility

Natalie from Houston sent us this question: Do you recommend fundoplication in a patient with severe esophageal dysmotility and a paraesophageal hiatal hernia? Or is repairing the hernia the best that can be done? Dear Natalie, Your question is common and quite relevant. Why add a fundoplication...

Hiatal Hernia Repair Improves Quality of Life

Hiatal Hernia Repair Improves Quality of Life

I read with great interest the new study “Patient-Centered Outcomes after Laparoscopic Paraesophageal Hernia Repair” by Ujiki et al published in the current issue of JACS (Journal of the American College of Surgeons). 314 patients who underwent laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair were prospectively followed between...

Revision Hiatal Hernia Surgery

Hiatal hernia surgery requires complete phrenoesophageal membrane dissection and proper esophageal mobilization. The phrenoesophageal membrane and hernia sac must be dissected and completely resected to allow for circumferential esophageal mobilization. The esophagus must be dissected free of mediastinal adhesions until obtaining at least 3 cm...