Many confuse GERD and hiatal hernia because of the similarity of their symptoms, but in fact, they are two different diseases, each of which needs to go to a specialist to determine the optimal treatment according to the degree of reflux and the severity of the hernia.
GERD and diaphragmatic hernia
Before talking about the treatment of GERD and hiatal hernia, we would like to quickly introduce each of them:
What is Gerd
GERD is simply the reflux of stomach acid from the stomach into the path that connects the mouth to the stomach and is called the esophagus:
This reflux irritates the lining of the esophagus.
The patient feels heartburn and some other symptoms.
What is a hiatal hernia
The diaphragm is simply a large muscle that separates the digestive and respiratory systems, as for the diaphragmatic hernia, is a bulge in the upper region of the stomach reaching the chest:
The diaphragm has a small hernia through which the esophagus passes.
When that opening widens the upper part of the stomach rises above the diaphragm.
What are the symptoms of GERD and hiatal hernia?
The symptoms of GERD and hiatal hernia are very similar, and perhaps the patient will find out about his infection with either of them only through a doctor’s examination:
- Heartburn in the stomach.
- Chest pain.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Shortness of breath.
- Shortness of breath.
Treatment of reflux esophagitis and hiatal hernia:
The method of treating Gerd varies depending on its degree, but there are some tips that must be adhered to:
- Getting rid of excess weight.
- Reduce the intake of high-fat foods.
- Avoid eating right before bedtime.
- Avoid foods rich in acids.
- Quit smoking.
- Raise the head 15 cm more than the body when sleeping.
- Do not wear tight clothes.
Endoscopic treatment of diaphragmatic hernia:
Some cases require laparoscopic surgical intervention and the operation is done by pulling the hernia out of place and returning it to the abdomen.
The endoscopic operation is characterized by:
- The speed of symmetry of healing.
- Lack of scars (only 5 small incisions).
- You do not need to stay in the hospital too long.
Endoscopic Gerd operation:
- The operation is performed laparoscopically by a specialist doctor.
- Through the opening of 4 small incisions in the abdomen.
- The doctor folds the fundus of the stomach using surgical instruments.
- The operation is aimed at enhancing the strength of the valve between the esophagus and the stomach.
The best doctor for treating GERD and hiatal hernia:
Laparoscopic esophageal reflux and diaphragmatic hernia surgery are performed laparoscopically at elite care clinics by a group of the most skilled specialists led by Dr. Ahmed Al-Nabil:
- The latest endoscopic devices.
- The best medical care.
- Excellent service for an affordable price.
- Follow up around the clock even after returning home.