Frequently asked questions:
The word “surgery” induces fear among patients. This is the most common question that people ask me when they come for a consult for hiatus hernia or gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The first line of treatment for hiatus hernia and GERD is medical treatment alongwith dietary and lifestyle modification. Surgery is recommended when either the medical treatment fails or there arise complications due to chronic reflux.
Yes, this can be done laparoscopically. Laparoscopic Nissen’s fundoplication is the name of the surgery and it is usually performed through the key-hole method.
All investigations must be done before the surgery, as advised by your doctor. A 24 hour pH Manometry is usually needed. A physician and anesthesia fitness will also be done. You would be advised to be on a liquid diet for 2 days prior to the surgery. Other preparation is like that in any other surgery.
Yes, Hiatus Hernia Surgery in Mumbai is covered by insurance companies. Please check with the concerned company regarding the procedure to be followed in case you wish for the surgery to be done.
After surgery, you will be on liquid diet for two days. This will be followed by soft diet for abut 3 to 4 days and then you can start with normal diet. Heavy weight lifting and rigorous exercises are to be avoided for about 3 months after surgery.
Hiatus hernia surgery or laparoscopic Nissen’s fundoplication is a surgical procedure performed for the treatment of Hiatus Hernia and GERD. Myths and fear of surgery sometimes lead to delay in treatment and may give rise to complications that could have been avoided. This surgery is generally safe and if you are detected with a hiatus hernia, please visit your surgeon for the right advice.
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is a Bariatric Surgeon in Mumbai and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon.
Affiliations: Global Hospital, Parel; Apollo Hospitals, CBD Belapur, Tardeo and Chembur; Currae Hospital, Thane; Suchak hospital, Malad and Namaha Hospital, Kandivali; Belle Vue Hospital, Andheri West for Bariatric Surgery, Hernia Surgery and Gallbladder Surgery etc.
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Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic GI Surgeon. Extremely passionate about her field of specialization. She completed her MBBS and MS in General Surgery in 2006, from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram. Set up in 1967 by none other than the first health minister of India, Ms. Sushila Nayar, MGIMS is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics. Read more