What is GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition in which damage to the
esophageal, oropharyngeal and laryngeal tissue occurs due to excessive
backwashing of gastric contents into the esophagus.
WHAT ABOUT THE USE OF A LASER IN ABDOMINAL HERNIA REPAIR?
This is a relatively common question. It arises because, for a time, there were some
surgeons marketing "laser hernia repair." While a laser may have been used to make
the incision and to separate the tissues, the laser has no application in the repair of a
hernia. It is impossible to perform the necessary structural repair with a laser, which
functions essentially as a cutting tool. There has been no evidence that incisions by
lasers will decrease pain or decrease healing time.
What's the best way to repair a hernia?
Many inguinal hernias can be repaired using a 'closed' or laparoscopic procedure - especially when they are smaller. Laparoscopic repair entails inserting special instruments through tiny incisions in the abdomen through which the surgeon is able to visualize and perform the procedure.