Difference - Hiatal Hernia vs. Ventral Hernia

Hiatal Hernia vs. Ventral Hernia

Types of Hernias

Adults usually suffer from two types of hernias: Ventral hernias and hiatal hernia. These two conditions affect different parts of the body. Doctors can treat both effectively with surgery. Dr. Malladi has years of experience treating in both ventral hernias and hiatal hernias.

Hiatal Hernia

The diaphragm is a sheet of muscle that aids in breathing. There is an opening in the diaphragm called the hiatus where the esophagus connects to the stomach. A hiatal hernia occurs when the hiatus loosens and an organ, usually the stomach, bulges up through that opening. Often, patients don’t have any symptoms, but, when they do, they can include:

  • Acid reflux
  • Chest or abdominal discomfort
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Feeling of food or drink becoming stuck

Diagnosis and Treatment

Doctors typically use a test called a Barium Swallow to diagnose a hiatal hernia. This test allows the physician to see the condition of the involved organs. An endoscopy is another procedure that is often used to diagnose the condition. Only surgery can repair a hiatal hernia. Dr. Malladi has perfected the laparoscopic procedure to ensure the surgery is minimally invasive.

Ventral Hernia

The ventral hernia is the problem most people associate with the diagnosis of a hernia. This type develops in the abdominal wall and creates a noticeable bulge under the skin. Prior abdominal surgeries, the belly button, and other weak areas of the abdominal wall often cause this hernia. The inner lining of the abdomen will push through the muscles, creating a sack. Internal organs and intestines can be pushed into the sack.

Ventral hernias can be noticeable and painful. Typical symptoms include:

  • Discomfort when lifting heavy objects
  • Pain in your abdomen
  • Bulging of skin or tissue in the abdomen area
  • Nausea, vomiting, upset stomach
  • Sharp or dull pain which worsens during the day

Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Malladi can often diagnose a hernia on the patient’s first visit to the office. The only solution for a hernia is surgery. Not receiving proper treatment can cause more pain and complications in the future. A doctor can sometimes perform surgery for a ventral hernia laparoscopically. The determination depends on the location of the hernia and any previous abdominal surgeries the patient has had.

Ventral and Hiatal Hernia Repair in the Dallas Area

Dr. Malladi has performed hundreds of surgical repairs for both hernia types. She prefers laparoscopic repairs because they are less-invasive procedures with shorter healing times. If you suspect you are suffering from either a ventral hernia or hiatal hernia, call our reputed surgeon in Dallas, Dr. Preeti Malladi for a consultation to determine what repairs are necessary for you to regain your health.