Open versus laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair

Terrence Fullum, Tolulope Oyetunji, Gezzer Ortega, Daniel Tran, Ian Woods, Olusola Obayomi-Davies, Orighomisan Pessu, Stephanie Downing, Edward Cornwell

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Background: The literature reports the efficacy of the laparoscopic approach to paraesophageal hiatal hernia repair. However, its adoption as the preferred surgical approach and the risks associated with paraesophageal hiatal hernia repair have not been reviewed in a large database. Method: The Nationwide Inpatient Sample dataset was queried from 1998 to 2005 for patients who underwent repair of a complicated (the entire stomach moves into the chest cavity) versus uncomplicated (only the upper part of the stomach protrudes into the chest) paraesophageal hiatal hernia via the laparoscopic, open abdominal, or open thoracic approach. A multivariate analysis was performed controlling for demographics and comorbidities while looking for independent risk factors for mortality. Results: In total, 23,514 patients met the inclusion criteria. By surgical approach, 55% of patients underwent open abdominal, 35% laparoscopic, and 10% open thoracic repairs. Length of stay was significantly reduced for all patients after laparoscopic repair (P!.001). Age!60 years and nonwhite ethnicity were associated with significantly higher odds of death. Laparoscopic repair and obesity were associated with lower odds of death in the uncomplicated group. Conclusion: Laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal hiatal hernia is associated with a lower mortality in the uncomplicated group. However, older age and Hispanic ethnicity increased the odds of death.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • Laparoscopy
  • Paraesophageal hiatal hernia repair
  • Preoperative risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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