A Hiatal Hernia is an abnormal widening or weakness of the muscles that wrap around the esophagus and divide the chest from the abdomen.
Any organ, but usually the stomach, can fit through the abnormal opening a migrate to the chest causing symptoms.
Most common symptoms of a hiatal hernia are reflux, and difficulty swallowing, and some may experience pain.
Small incisions and cameras are used to bring back the stomach into the abdomen and to suture close the opening through which the stomach has migrated.
Improvement of symptoms is almost immediate for many.
Some patients will undergo a combined anti-reflux procedure at the same time.