Michael Rosen, MD Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Department of General Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic
Jeffrey Ponsky, MD Section Head, Surgical Endoscopy, Department of General Surgery, The Cleveland Clinic
Address: Jeffrey Ponsky, MD, Department of General Surgery, A80, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195; e-mail: JPonsky@aol.com
ABSTRACTParaesophageal hernias are typically associated with symptoms and can sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. We recommend laparoscopic surgical repair for patients with symptomatic paraesophageal hernias. This article explains why and presents a general overview of the laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal hernias and its merits relative to open surgical repair.