What is Laparoscopic Hiatal Hernia Repair?
Laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair is a type of surgery performed for repairing a hiatal or a para-oesophageal hernia and/or to alleviate the symptoms of heartburn by blocking acid from refluxing up from your stomach into your swallowing tube known as the oesophagus.
Why is this surgery required?
If you have a hiatal hernia you experience gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn). The heartburn occurs because of a defective valve (sphincter) at the lower end of your oesophagus. This surgery treats a hernia and helps in tightening this sphincter for decreasing the amount of gastroesophageal reflux.
DO NOT DRINK OR EAT ANYTHING, which includes water, the night before the procedure unless you are told otherwise by your surgeon. Do not wear jewellery and other accessories do not smoke for a least 2 weeks prior to your surgery.
Time of the procedure
The procedure can generally take up to 2 to 4 hours