What Causes a Hiatal Hernia?
Most of the time, the cause is not known. A person may be born with a larger hiatal opening. Increased pressure in the abdomen such as from pregnancy, obesity, coughing, or straining during bowel movements may also play a role.

Who Is at Risk for Hiatal Hernia?
Hiatal hernias occur more often in women, people who are overweight, and people older than 50.

How Is a Hiatal Hernia Diagnosed?
A hiatal hernia can be diagnosed with a specialized X-ray (using a barium swallow) that allows a doctor to see the esophagus or with endoscopy.

How Are Hiatal Hernias Treated?
Most people do not experience any symptoms of their hiatal hernia so no treatment is necessary. However, the paraesophaeal hernia (when part of the stomach squeezes through the hiatus) can sometimes cause the stomach to be strangled, so hernia surgery is sometimes recommended. Other symptoms that may occur along with the hernia such as chest pain should be properly evaluated. Symptoms of GERD, such as heartburn, should be treated.

When Is Hiatal Hernia Surgery Necessary?
If the hiatal hernia is in danger of becoming constricted or strangulated (so that the blood supply is cut off), surgery may be needed to reduce the hernia, meaning put it back where it belongs.

What is an inguinal hernia?
An inguinal hernia is a condition in which part of your intestine, other organs, or belly fat pokes through an opening or weak spot in the muscles in your groin. Anyone can get an inguinal hernia—from infants to adults. But it is much more common in men than in women.

Symptoms of an inguinal hernia can include:
Sometimes the bulge of an inguinal hernia is painful, and sometimes it is not. Often, gently pushing on the bulge can make the intestine go back into your belly. Sometimes, however, the intestine can become trapped in the groin or scrotum and cannot be pushed back in.

Sometimes the bulge of an inguinal hernia is painful, and sometimes it is not. Often, gently pushing on the bulge can make the intestine go back into your belly. Sometimes, however, the intestine can become trapped in the groin or scrotum and cannot be pushed back in.

General Surgery Procedures

The laparoscopic procedures our facility performs use minimally invasive techniques that once required much larger incisions. With the use of several technological advances including cameras and specialized surgical instruments, laparoscopic surgery can reduce post operative pain and in many patients reduce recovery periods.** Almost every procedure could be done laparoscopically.

Our Practice performs a wide range of Minimally invasive general surgery procedures including:

  • Laparoscopic Anti Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Liver surgery
  • Laparoscopic spleen surgery
  • Laparoscopic bowel surgery
  • Laparoscopic gastric( stomach) surgery
  • Laparoscopic appendectomy
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy

Please contact our office if you would like more information on the general surgery procedures we perform.

**The information on this website is not an alternative to medical advice from your regular physician. Our health advice is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment; consult your regular physician before beginning the bariatric process. This site is for educational purposes only, and does not replace the need for a formal consultation with a surgeon before undergoing a surgical procedure or receiving treatment. The content/images on this website are not a guarantee of individual results. Individual results may vary.