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Millions of people undergo hernia surgery every year. Hernias can be caused by hereditary factors, pregnancy, trauma, a surgical incision or a weakness in the abdominal wall that occurs at birth if the abdominal lining doesn’t close. Hernias can affect children and adults alike, and men are at a higher risk. If you believe you have developed a hernia, talk to Dr. Tom Umbach and Dr. Matthew Apel about your options for removing it. Dr. Umbach and Dr. Apel are board-certified general surgeons who focuses on gastric sleeve, gastric bypass and revision surgeries previously done elsewhere as well as hernia surgery at his Las Vegas practice.

Hiatal Hernias

Hiatal hernia occurs when the upper portion of the stomach and the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) move above the diaphragm. This is problematic because normally the diaphragm helps the LES keep acid from rising into the esophagus. With the development of a hiatal hernia, acid can more easily escape into the esophagus and cause heartburn and other gastroesophageal reflux symptoms. Hiatal hernias can affect anyone and may not produce any symptoms.

Hiatal hernias may be repaired through a procedure called the Nissen fundoplication, which is often performed laparoscopically (i.e., using minimally invasive techniques). During a Nissen fundoplication, Dr. Umbach or Dr. Matthew Apel wraps the upper part of the stomach around the LES to strengthen the sphincter and prevent acid reflux symptoms.

Contact Us for More Information

If you have been diagnosed with a hernia and would like to have it surgically repaired, please contact Las Vegas surgeon Tom Umbach or Dr. Matthew Apel at Blossom Bariatrics for more information. You can reach our practice by calling (702) 463-3300.