Hiatal Hernia Treatment
My child was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia. The doctor is recommending a Nissen Fundoplication. Is this the standard treatment?
A hiatal hernia means that part of the stomach is in the chest. This leads to more severe GERD because the muscle at the top of the stomach can’t work with the pinching off effect of the diaphragm pushing in on the esophagus. The amount of hiatal hernia may alter as we grow–much like the legs and feet don’t always have growth spurts at the same time. However, if there is a large hiatal hernia, the GERD can be very difficult to control medically and a Nissen may be required.
Legal Disclaimer: Please take note that the CdLS Foundation’s Ask the Expert service is comprised of volunteer professionals in various areas of focus. Response times may vary and a response is not guaranteed. Answers are not considered a medical, behavioral, or educational consultation. Ask the Expert is not a substitute for the care and attention your child’s personal physician, psychologist, educational consultant, or social worker can deliver.