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When is hiatal hernia surgery necessary?

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If the hiatal hernia is in danger of becoming constricted or strangulated, you may need surgery to reduce the hernia -- or, more simply, putting it back where it belongs.

Hiatal hernia surgery can often be performed as a laparoscopic, or "minimally invasive," procedure. During this type of surgery, a surgeon will make a few small incisions in the abdomen. The laparoscope that allows the surgeon to see inside the abdomen and surgical instruments are inserted through these incisions. The surgeon is guided by the laparoscope, which transmits a picture of the internal organs to a monitor. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include smaller incisions, less risk of infection, less pain and scarring, and a more rapid recovery.

From: Hiatal Hernia WebMD Medical Reference

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Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

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National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

National Institutes of Health.

Merck .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 7, 2019

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