The diaphragm is a large dome-shaped muscle that separates the chest cavity (where your heart and lungs are) from the belly area. The diaphragm is a very important muscle for breathing.
A diaphragmatic hernia is an opening or tear in the diaphragm. Diaphragmatic hernias in babies are very rare and occur in one out of every 4,000 births.
In a child born with a diaphragmatic hernia, the organs from the belly (stomach, spleen, liver, and intestines) may go up into the chest cavity where the lungs are. These abdominal organs take up the space and prevent the lung from growing normally. The result is that the lung remains too small for children to breathe on their own when they are born. Diaphragmatic hernia repair is surgery to correct this birth defect.
Surgery is done while your child is under general anesthesia (asleep and not able to feel pain). The surgeon makes a surgical cut in the abdomen under the upper ribs to be able to reach the org...
Hernia repair is surgery to correct a hernia. A hernia is an abnormal bulging of internal organs, often the intestine, through a weakness in a muscular wall.
This article focuses on surgery to repair a hernia. For information on a specific type of hernia see:
Before surgery, you will be given a sedative to make you drowsy. A local or spinal numbing medicine (anesthesia) will be used so you do not feel pain during the procedure. In some cases, the procedure is done while you are under general anesthesia (unconscious and pain-free).
The surgeon makes a cut over the area of the hernia. The bulging tissue or organ is placed back inside the muscle wall, the muscle tissue is repaired, and the skin is closed. In many inguinal hernia repairs, a small piece of ...
About a month ago, an adult family member told me he was experiencing severe acid reflux symptoms for the first time in his life. After a visit to his family doctor and a barium x-ray at his local hospital, it was determined the cause of his reflux symptoms was a hiatal hernia. For those of you who may also be experiencing acid reflux symptoms due to a hiatal hernia, the following are some fast facts to help you to begin to understand the issues.
What is a hiatal hernia?
A hernia occurs when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part. A hiatal hernia is located at the opening of the diaphragm where the esophagus joins the stomach. Part of the stomach pushes through, causing a hiatal hernia.
What are the symptoms?
If you have a small hiatal hernia, you may not even know it, and you may not have any symptoms. However, a large hiatal hernia can allow food and acid to back up into you esophagus, leading to heartburn and chest pain. You may al...
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