PinnacleHealth surgeons provide patients with a full range of surgical options for patients who need treatment for conditions such as hiatal, diaphramic and lung hernias. We also are expert in treating cancers of the espophagus.
Tremendous advances have occurred in esophageal cancer treatment over the past decade, and PinnacleHealth surgeons are trained in the latest surgical techniques. Treatment options range from minimally invasive endoscopic therapies that have a low risk of complications and preserve the esophagus to more extensive surgery that involves removal of part of the esophagus.
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Hiatal hernia surgery can be performed as a laparoscopic, or "minimally invasive," procedure. During this type of surgery, five or six small (5 to 10 millimeter) incisions are made in the abdomen. The laparoscope and surgical instruments are inserted through these incisions. The surgeon is guided by the laparoscope, which transmits a picture of the internal organs to a monitor. The advantages of laparoscopic surgery include smaller incisions, less risk of infection, less pain and scarring, and a more rapid recovery.