“Conditions Treated – Acid Reflux / Hiatus Hernia” 

“Conditions Treated – Acid Reflux / Hiatus Hernia” 

Acid reflux, which can often cause heartburn, is a common problem. This is caused by a weak sphincter at the lower end of the oesophagus. Patients typically complain of heartburn, chest pain or even difficulty swallowing. 
 
Acid in the lower oesophagus can damage the lining leading to further problems. Diagnosis is made with an endoscopy and can be treated with medicine to reduce acid. A proportion require surgery to treat acid reflux not amenable to medical management. In some cases the stomach has migrated through the diaphragm to lie in an abnormal position. This makes acid reflux more difficult to treat medically and surgery may be considered.  
 
The surgery is performed laparoscopically and involves a hospital stay of up to 4 days. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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