What actually causes a hernia? Why does part of the stomach move upward into the chest?
My surgeon said a hernia is really a birth defect. The diaphagm hole that the esophagus goes through is too big therefore the stomach migrates upward into the chest area causing the hernia to develop.
How do the tests determine reflux?
The pH test tells if reflux is traveling upward into the esophagus.
what is a manometry?
A manometry is a test to determine your swallowing reflex and pressure inside. A small catheter is run from your numbed nose down to your stomach. You then have to swallow 10 perfect swallows of water as the computer reads the swallows.
24 hour Ph monitor?
There is two kinds: ph wire test and Bravo.
PH wire involves having a small wire run from your nose down to your stomach. It stays for 24 hours and is then removed.
Bravo is a small capsule attached to the inside of your esophagus. It sends signals to a monitor for 24-48hrs. It falls off after a few days.
What is Laporoscopic surgery?
The surgeon makes five to six small cuts in your stomach and inserts special tools and a camera to do the surgery. You can google the Nissen surgery and watch a video of the surgery on you-tube. The cuts do not need stitches (usually glued) and heal within 14 days.