People with giant paraesophageal hernias can experience several debilitating symptoms:
Doctors typically order the following tests and evaluations to diagnose giant paraesophageal hernias:
UPMC thoracic surgeons have extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery for treating giant paraesophageal hernia.
Our volumes and success rates with this procedure are among some of the highest in the nation, and have been documented by research published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
The goal of the surgery is to repair the giant paraesophageal hernia using a laparoscopic technique similar to that used for gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Advantages of using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques for giant paraesophageal hernias include reducing: