If you are suffering from a Hiatal hernia condition, consult Dr. Jay Chokshi. Whether you need medication to treat the symptoms or you require Hiatal hernia repair surgery, the GI surgeon will ensure a faster and effective recovery. Call +91-9016519832 to book an appointment for a medical screening and accurate diagnosis.
One of the common hernia types, Hiatal hernia occurs when a part of the stomach pushes up the diaphragm through the hiatus (esophagus opening). According to the statistics provided by Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, 60% of adults will have Hiatal hernia at some stage of their lives. Research suggests that old age and obesity can affect your chances of getting a Hiatal hernia. The numbers can be higher because Hiatal hernias are often asymptomatic and do not cause any pain to the patient.
Although Hiatal hernias rarely cause any symptoms, you will experience discomfort due to stomach acids and other contents entering the esophagus. So, you may experience the following symptoms:
In cases of tissue strangulation, it can lead to nausea, vomiting, and difficulty in passing bowels. If you face any symptoms, do not disregard them as acidity/indigestion/ GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). Prolonged symptoms can cause a complication, and it is essential to book an appointment with your surgical gastroenterologist.
Dr. Jay Chokshi has treated several patients with Hiatal hernia with accurate medical diagnoses and immediate treatment. Consult the hernia surgeon to find the underlying cause of your problems.
In addition to routine medical screenings, the doctor may recommend any/all of the following tests to confirm a hiatus hernia:
1. Barium Swallow Test - Patients have to swallow barium, often mixed with water. Barium absorbs the X-rays and allows the GI surgeon to diagnose diseases that affect the throat, esophagus, stomach, and first part of the small intestine.
2. Endoscopy - With the help of an endoscope, the doctor will examine the insides of the esophagus and stomach.
3. Esophageal Manometry - It includes measuring the strength/functionality of the lower esophageal sphincter to understand how it manages the backflow of gastric acids into the mouth.
The most common types of Hiatal hernias that often go undetected are small, sliding Hiatal hernias. It happens when your stomach and esophagus slide into the chest through the hole in the diaphragm.
Another type of Hiatal hernia is a fixed or para-esophageal hernia. In this situation, the part of your stomach pushes through the diaphragm and stays there. It can cause an additional risk of restricted blood flow.
In addition to being a standard surgical procedure for GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), laparoscopic fundoplication surgery can also treat Hiatal hernias effectively. Often conducted with the help of a laparoscope, the surgical procedure will include wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the lower end of the esophageal structure. It supports the esophageal sphincter so that it does not open unnecessarily and push the acids up into the throat. The doctor will also repair the hiatal hernia with stitches or a mesh, depending on the situation.
The benefit of laparoscopic fundoplication is that it reduces hospital stay for patients. Doctors often regard it as the gold standard for Hiatal hernia treatment, and it helps to ensure excellent results and faster recovery. The doctor may recommend you an open surgery depending on complications.
If your doctor has diagnosed you with Hiatal hernia, it is not necessary to get surgery. There are times when lifestyle changes and medications can help you improve your condition and lead a healthy life.
You may require surgical intervention if:
1. There is no significant improvement in your condition even after lifestyle changes.
2. Medications are proving to be ineffective in your situation.
3. You are facing a possibility of tissue strangulation and subsequent blood supply cut off.
4. You are troubled by internal bleeding, stomach ulcers, esophageal strictures, or any other complications related to Hiatal hernias.
Before you decide on surgery, it is best to consult Dr. Jay Chokshi for an accurate understanding of your situation. The reasons for Hiatal hernia can be age, injury, congenital anomaly, persistent pressure on the muscles, straining during a workout, vomiting, bowel movements, etc. Dr. Chokshi ensures in-depth analysis and thorough medical screening to find out the underlying problems. It enables him to suggest efficient and sustainable lifestyle changes along with minimally invasive surgery techniques that ensure faster recovery. With the hernia doctor at your beck and call, you can ensure your health.
Depending on the severity of the disease, the cost of Hiatal hernia repair can vary. For example, if you need prescription medication and lifestyle intervention, your expenses will be less. However, if you need laparoscopic surgery, your cost can be in the range of INR. 40,000 to 60,000. The cost varies because different hospitals charge differently for room categories, post-operative care, hospital stays, consumables, medicines, investigations, etc. The fees of the GI surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nursing staff also vary according to the complexity of surgeries. To get an accurate idea of the cost of Hiatal hernia repair, you must visit the doctor for a thorough medical screening.
To book an appointment, call on +91-9016519832 and visit Dr. Jay Chokshi to treat Hiatal hernia successfully.
Dr. Jay Chokshi is a reputed hernia repair doctor in Gujarat. Residing in Surat, he is available at Dr. Jay Chokshi’s Gastro Center.