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...
My doctor has recommended that I have my hiatal hernia repaired. I am waiting to see a surgeon. Is this a good idea, and what should I ask the surgeon?
Although rarely necessary, at times, surgical repair of a hiatal hernia is the right choice in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease . There are two types of hiatal hernia. In the much more common, sliding hernia, in which the stomach slides below the esophagus into the chest, medical therapy usually is very effective. The paraesophageal hernia, in which the stomach herniates next to the esophagus, is usually managed surgery. This is because of the potentially life-threatening complication of strangulation. When surgery is considered, it is best to see a surgeon that performs the procedure laparoscopically, if it is possible. Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery involves reinforcing the valve between the esophagus and the stomach by wrapping the upper portion of the stomach around the lowest portion of the esophagus. Using on...
There are both surgical and non-surgical alternatives to ankle replacement surgery . First line treatments for arthritis of the ankle are non-surgical methods. Several of the non-surgical methods provide relief because they limit motion, thus decreasing the irritation of the arthritic joint. One such method is the use of shoe inserts (orthotics) , such as pads and arch supports. The use of an ankle brace or a cane can also help to take pressure and stress off the arthritic joint. An ankle-foot orthrosis (AFO), or a custom-made shoe with a stiff sole and a rocker bottom, can also work by decreasing motion thru the ankle joint. And, although scientific evidence is controversial, the use of certain nutritional supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroiton , might help decrease your pain. Direct injection of medication into the arthritic joint can give up to several months of pain relief. It is important to note that weight control is also an important method of decreasing the stress on...
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