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ABSTRACT: Objectives Laparoscopic repair of a giant paraesophageal hiatal hernia remains a challenging procedure. Several techniques have been developed in efforts to achieve tension-free reconstruction of the esophageal hiatus. In this report, we describe a technique whereby the falciform ligament is used as an autologous onlay flap to achieve tension-free closure of the crural defect of a giant paraesophageal hernia (GPEH). Discussion Use of the falciform ligament as a vascularized autologous onlay flap is a safe and effective procedure to obtain closure of the crural defect of a GPEH. The falciform ligament should be adequately mobilized from the anterior abdominal wall to prevent lateral tension on the flap, but care must be taken to avoid devascularization. Interrupted vertical mattress sutures are used to fix the falciform ligament to the left and right hiatal crurae.