We all suffer from stomach pains at one point or another; however, certain abdominal pains may be symptomatic of a more serious health condition. If your stomachache is accompanied by an abdominal lump, Santa Clarita surgeon Dr. Rafael Lemus-Rangel urges you not to ignore it. Most likely, you have a hiatal hernia.

What Is A Hiatal Hernia?

Generally speaking, any time a part of your body bulges into an area where it does not belong, that is called a hernia. More specifically, in a hiatal hernia, parts of the upper stomach bulge through the diaphragm and into the upper abdominal and chest area.

While small hiatal hernias are not problematic, larger hiatal hernias may cause symptoms such as heartburn, chest or abdominal pain, feeling uncomfortably full after meals, and vomiting blood. If you’re experiencing persistent discomfort or other signs that concern you, contact your doctor.

When Is Surgery For Hiatal Hernia Repair Necessary?

Many people with hiatal hernias do not experience any symptoms. For those experiencing heartburn and acid reflux caused by hiatal hernias, your doctor may recommend antacids and other medications. To help control the symptoms caused by hiatal hernias, try these lifestyle changes: eat smaller meals throughout the day, avoid alcohol, and quit smoking.

In a small number of people, surgery for hiatal hernia repair is necessary. Fortunately, through the use of robotic technology, surgeons are able to repair hiatal hernias using minimally invasive techniques.

Surgeon’s Point-Of-View: What Happens During Surgery?

Please note: The following video is graphic in nature.

About Robotic General Surgeon

Board-certified Dr. Rafael Lemus-Rangel is a top-rated Santa Clarita surgeon specializing in general surgery, robotic surgery, and dermatology. Dedicated to providing optimal medical care and health solutions, Dr. Lemus-Rangel encourages patients to learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive surgery solutions for hernia repair, gallbladder removal, and more. For the latest medical updates and surgical news, follow him on social media:

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