A hiatal or hiatus hernia refers to a medical condition in which the upper part of the stomach protrudes into the chest cavity through the oesophageal hiatus. Patients with small hiatal hernias are typically asymptomatic and do not require treatment. However, those with larger hernias experience chest or abdominal pain, heartburn, passing black stools, and vomiting blood. Due to these worrying symptoms, patients are recommended to undergo surgery as soon as possible.
Patients with a hiatal hernia who do not have access to affordable and/or quality medical care in their own country can consider medical tourism. Patients in Indonesia and other parts of Asia can benefit from the thriving medical tourism of their neighbouring countries - Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia - which are now recognised as medical tourism hubs. These countries boast impressive medical infrastructures, internationally trained surgeons, and the most advanced surgical technology and medical facilities that are on par with Western countries.
In these countries, medical tourists can seek treatment from many globally recognised and award-winning hospitals that offer surgery for the treatment of hiatal hernias. These are fully equipped to perform traditional open and laparoscopic surgery and are staffed by highly qualified surgeons. Many of these hospitals are accredited by many international organisations including Joint Commission International (JCI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO). Such accreditations mean that the hospitals meet or exceed international standards and supports customer-centric policies. These translate to better chances of successful treatment and better patient experience.