A hiatal hernia occurs when there is a gap between the diaphragm that allows part of the stomach to migrate into the chest. Heartburn and vomiting can result from hiatal hernias. “Sliding type” hiatal hernias are common in obese patients who have higher intraabdominal pressures that can make these hernias enlarge and worsen reflux over time. Hiatal hernias can be fixed at the time of bariatric surgery utilizing a minimally invasive technique as well.
Another type of hiatal hernia is called a Type II or paraesophageal type hiatal hernia. These types of hiatal hernias may or may not be associated with obesity and have a higher chance of recurrence. Paraesophageal hiatal hernia repairs sometimes require mesh or a biologic barrier to prevent other organs from entering the chest cavity.
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