Alfred B Johnson MD Gastro Surgeon
PATIENT SERVICES at Alfred B Johnson MD Gastro Surgeon
Hiatal Hernia Treatment in Merced, CA
Dr. Alfred B Johnson Provides Minimally Invasive Procedures to Treat and Repair Hiatal Hernia. for More Information or to Schedule an Appointment Call us. We Are Conveniently Located at 240 East 13th Street Merced, CA 95341.
When you have a hiatal hernia, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms and lead to chronic issues like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Dr. Alfred B Johnson provides his patients with exceptional diagnostic and treatment services that can have a truly positive impact on their lives. If you are in need of reparative surgery for a hiatal hernia, Dr. Johnson and his dedicated team of compassionate medical professionals can help.
What is a hiatal hernia?
A hiatal hernia occurs when a person’s esophageal hiatus is enlarged. This opening typically allows food and other material to pass from the esophagus and into the stomach. When the opening is too large, it can allow the stomach and its contents to move in reverse, pushing up into the esophagus through the diaphragm. There are four types of hiatal hernias; type I (sliding) hiatal hernia, type II (paraoesophageal) hiatal hernia, type III (combined) hiatal hernia, and type IV hiatal hernia, which involves organs other than the stomach in addition. The most common type is type I, the sliding hiatal hernia.
What are the symptoms of a hiatal hernia?
There are many symptoms you should be aware of that may indicate you have developed a hiatal hernia. Excessive belching or heartburn, regurgitation or aspiration of stomach contents, stomach twisting and perforation, difficulty or pain when swallowing, and even chest pain could all mean you have a hiatal hernia. Chronic heartburn or reflux is the most common issue associated with a hiatal hernia because hiatal hernias are the underlying cause of GERD.
How is hiatal hernia diagnosed?
Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may perform a variety of different tests to determine whether you have a hiatal hernia. Chest x-rays, esophagram, upper endoscopy, and esophageal manometry can all perform different functions regarding your diagnosis. These tests are designed to assess the function of your esophagus and lower esophageal sphincter (LES), as well as identify anatomic abnormalities such as twisting of the stomach and unveil related issues. Your doctor may also order a biopsy of your esophagus depending on the damage that may have been caused by your reflux symptoms.
What is hiatal hernia repair surgery like?
While open surgery was long the only option for hiatal hernia repair, constantly improving surgical techniques now offer minimally invasive procedures that can effectively repair hiatal hernias while reducing patients’ recovery time. Dr. Alfred B Johnson implements Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedures that allows for effective repair of hiatal hernias without any incisions. By using a flexible endoscopic device, Dr. Johnson can access the hiatal hernia through the esophagus and repair it from within the patient’s body, so there are no incisions required. This allows our patients to recover more quickly and comfortably following their procedure than from a traditional open surgery, or even laparoscopic procedures. TIF procedures can be incredibly effective while remaining minimally invasive and not limiting a patient’s future treatment options.
If you are in need of surgical repair for a hiatal hernia, contact the office of Alfred B Johnson, MD to schedule a consultation today. Our dedicated medical staff specializes in minimally invasive gastro surgery techniques that can repair hiatal hernias and address a wide range of other gastrointestinal issues to help you recover quickly and live your life to the fullest without the uncomfortable symptoms of hiatal hernia, GERD, or other conditions.