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Beginning with an overview of normal hiatal anatomy, Dr. James Luketich discusses the development of hiatal hernias, the various types, and the key elements of surgical repair.

Educational objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the principles of operative repair of giant paraesophageal hernia
  • Provide an overview of the steps in repair of giant paraesophageal hernia
  • Recognize the important components of repair

Reading Resources:

  1. Luketich JD et al. Outcomes after a decade of laparoscopic giant paraesophageal hernia repair. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Feb;139(2):395-404
  2. A.F. Pierre, J.D. Luketich, H.C. Fernando, N.A. Christie, P.O. Buenaventura, V.R. Litle et al. Results of laparoscopic repair of giant paraesophageal hernias: 200 consecutive patients. Ann Thorac Surg, 74 (2002), pp. 1909–1916
  3. D.E. Maziak, T.R. Todd, F.G. Pearson. Massive hiatus hernia: evaluation and surgical management. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 115 (1998), pp. 53–62


Dr. Luketich has financial interest with the following any entity or entities producing health care goods or services as indicated below:

  • Grant/Research Support: Accuray for research study

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM and self-assessment credits toward Part 2 of the ABS MOC Program. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded (0.15) continuing education units (CEU) which are equivalent to 1.5 contact hours.

For your credit transcript, please access our website 4 weeks post-completion at and follow the link to the Credit Transcript page. If you do not provide the last 5 digits of your SSN on the next page you will not be able to access a CME credit transcript. Providing your SSN is voluntary.

Release Date: 9/27/2012 | Last Modified On: 4/22/2014 | Expires: 4/22/2015

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