When a small part of your stomach bulges through your diaphragm, it’s known as a hiatal hernia. Small hiatal hernias don’t usually cause problems. You might not even know you have one unless your doctor is looking for another condition.
But a large hiatal hernia can be a major cause of uncomfortable reflux and heartburn. Food and acid back up into your esophagus, causing digestive distress, ulcers, bleeding, and serious quality of life issues. Large hiatal hernias often require surgery to resolve symptoms.
Another reason you may require surgery for your hiatal hernia is that the hernia is at risk of becoming strangulated, a situation in which the blood supply to the herniated tissue is cut off. A strangulated hiatal hernia is a medical emergency.
At Lakeland Surgical Clinic, our experienced surgical team has the experience and skills to perform a variety of approaches for hiatal hernia repair. Our providers' surgical expertise means your surgery is performed correctly the first time.
Surgery is recommended for serious hiatal hernia cases
Small, asymptomatic hiatal hernias don’t usually need treatment. If you have a hiatal hernia causing mild symptoms, lifestyle changes and medication are sufficient treatments.
It’s the severe hernias that require surgery. That means you’re experiencing serious heartburn and acid reflux or have severe inflammation and narrowing of the esophagus due to your hernia. That can cause significant chest pain after eating or result in weight loss and bleeding.
You want your hernia surgery to succeed the first time to resolve these unpleasant, life-disrupting symptoms.
Frustration from failed surgeries is devastating
A failed or poorly performed hiatal surgery procedure can cause continued disruptions to your quality of life. Your symptoms may return. You risk experiencing recurrent heartburn, nerve damage, increased bowel symptoms, and difficulty swallowing.
Repair of recurrent hernias is complicated, especially in older patients. You want the surgery done right the first time by an expert like our team at Lakeland Surgical Clinic so you don’t have to worry about extra complications that continue to derail your quality of life.
LINX surgery brings success
The LINX approach is an innovative surgery that can relieve the symptoms of GERD caused by a hiatal hernia. During this procedure, your doctor inserts a small, flexible ring made of magnetic beads around the esophagus, just above the stomach.
The ring strengthens the sphincter and prevents reflux, but it doesn’t prevent normal bodily functions like relieving gas by burping.
If you have a hiatal hernia and the LINX is recommended, our team repairs the hernia before implanting the ring. The advanced device is designed to last a lifetime.
Successful surgery leads to long-term relief
When hiatal hernia surgery is successful, such as with LINX, it can lead to long-term relief. That means you enjoy your meals and life without the pain and heartburn caused by your hiatal hernia.
You want your hiatal hernia surgery done correctly the first time, so the hernia doesn’t recur. If it does recur, treatment is even more complex and challenging.
Schedule your surgery at Lakeland Surgical Clinic to get the expert care and services you need the first time. Our experienced surgical team is ready to help residents from the Jackson, Mississippi, area. Call today or use the online tool to arrange a consultation and get started with treatment.