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Chronic Acid Reflux - Chronic Heartburn -
Diaphragmatic Hernia Surgery

The diaphragm is a dome-shaped muscle that separates the thoratic cavity from the abdominal cavity. It supports respiration actively.

In case of a diaphragmatic hernia, parts of the stomach and oesophagus might get transported from the abdominal to the thoratic cavity through a tiny hole in the diaphragm.
This way acid contents of the stomach can get back into the oesophagus. The result is heartburn. In the longrun this can lead to an inflammation of the oesophagus.
An operation is advisable only if discomfort through chronic acid reflux, chronic hoarseness, vomiting and dry cough becomes too severe.

An operation technique called fundoplicatio is used to put organs back into the abdominal cavity. By fixing a kind of collar around the lower part of the oesophagus, reflux of acid stomach contents is prevented. For this operation large incisions are only used very rarely.

Doctor Deckstein is one of the very few surgeons who can make the right diagnosis and who has the necessary experience in laparoscopy to carry out such a complex surgery.