hiatal hernia surgery
Gordon OKeeffe

Marbella, Spain

#61 Jun 6, 2011
Mandi wrote:
My symptoms are similiar it is HH and Gastric eosaphagil reflux. Feels like someone threw fuel over u and lit it with a match.
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I had that pain on and off for years....not very nice at all.So mny trips to the hospital for them to tell me its muscle spasms ,heni went o Spain to live i was diognsed with a hiatus hernia and a gallbladder full of stones.To cut it short i had keyhole surgery and had both things fixed.....all good now after 7 months.Gallbladder is out and the hiatus hernia has been repaired.
I think you should ask your dotors advice( get the sugery done i think) good luck!!!!!!!
Elsa Dalit

Auckland, New Zealand

#62 Jun 8, 2011
ANGELA wrote:
HI,
I AM A 23 YR. OLD FEMALE AND HAS A HIATIAL HERNIA. I FOUND OUT 2YRS. AGO BECAUSE I WAS HAVING ALOT OF ABDOMAN PAIN AND THE DRUGS WASNT HELPING AT ALL SO I FOUND A SPECIALIST AND HE TOLD ME I HAD ONE. I CHANGED ME EATING HABITS AND EVERYTHIG BUT NOW I AM FEELING THE PAIN MORE SEVERE AND MORE OFTEN AND I'M REALLY SCARED ABOUT HAVING IT REMOVED BECASUE OF MY EXPERIENCE WITH HAVE MY GALL BLADDER REMOVED. I KNO THE RISKS AND I REALLY NEED SOME GUIDE ON IF I SHOULD HAVE THE HERNIA REMOVED?????
HHHHHEEEELLLLPPPPP
hi i'm Elsa
i have the same problem it was 2 years ago now and still here (Hiatal hernia & Gerd) here's what i did to managed to: i eat slowly and chew my food, i took1-3 tsp bragss apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp manuka honey right after finished eating.(for acid indigestion) avoid to get chill (the cold wind will push the acid up) with my finger tips i massage my chest, left and right to "BURP". i massage my sore back and you will burp too. and correct your posture. avoid fatty foods and acidic foods, esp chocs or coffee. you can eat but in moderation. SEE a good chiropractor who can fix your HH. or try it to yourself drink a tall glass of water, then stand with your toes inhale and drop exhale 3xa day. you get pain anywhere but don't panic, there is a circulation problem, anxiety, hard to get sleep RELAX. remember whatever is painful massage and burp. do it in:shoulder blade, back of shoulder blade if feeling acidic taste take gaviscon or mylanta. don't skip meals don't sleep very late. i managed my HH and Gerd in this way and it is helpful than taking losic. try please
done

Anderson, SC

#63 Jun 8, 2011
I had surgery a year ago and had gerd so bad before the surgey that I would choke on the acid and it was burning my lungs. I choked so bad one night that my family had to call an ambulance. They wraped my stomach around my esophagus and fixed a med to large hiatal hernia. I couldn't eat much for a few months and still have a problem eating. I also cannot burp or vomit anymore, but very happy that I had it done. I have lost 50 pnds and feel so much better. I was also diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus at that time due to the acid eroding my esophagus for about 10yrs!. It was laproscopic, and it was a fast recovery! I hate to be graphic, but thw only con to this surgery is the not being able to vomit. I had the stomach flu a few months ago and ALL I could do was dry heave! Miserable! Other than that , I would sooooo recommend this surgery if meds don't help. I wish I would have known about this surgery before the Barrets because I have to have it checked every year. My surgeon was Dr Steiner in Lexington Ky. Awesome surgeon!

Since: Jun 11

Edgware, UK

#64 Jun 20, 2011
Hi to all with HH problems,i hope you dont mind me giving my life to it,il keep it short though,had gas reflux probs for 10 years,would wake up in middle of the night throwing up all kinds,then after a short sleep would be aching all over,so went to docs,got a date for an op,had to lose some weight,did this then had the op,things were great to start with,had a few months of eating very little,but gradually got better,its been about 8 years now and bang,HH op has failed,you wll know when it has,boy the pain was worse than anything ive ever had,called ambulance and they jacked me up with morphine,so now im waiting for another op to repair,im so scared of eating or drinking,the biggest problem with this op is no burping or vomiting,if only i could im sure this op would be a massive success,,but my advice is ,if you have the op,dont eat lots ,dont smoke ,dont drink booze,well much,,if you are abit of a slob lol,,change your lifestyle real quick,im not sure i would have had the op now ive felt the aftermath years later,so good comments in here,read them all,if anyone can tell me if they had a repair again would be good to talk and get some advice,big thanks to all and good luck with your decision
done

Anderson, SC

#65 Jun 20, 2011
steve hexham wrote:
Hi to all with HH problems,i hope you dont mind me giving my life to it,il keep it short though,had gas reflux probs for 10 years,would wake up in middle of the night throwing up all kinds,then after a short sleep would be aching all over,so went to docs,got a date for an op,had to lose some weight,did this then had the op,things were great to start with,had a few months of eating very little,but gradually got better,its been about 8 years now and bang,HH op has failed,you wll know when it has,boy the pain was worse than anything ive ever had,called ambulance and they jacked me up with morphine,so now im waiting for another op to repair,im so scared of eating or drinking,the biggest problem with this op is no burping or vomiting,if only i could im sure this op would be a massive success,,but my advice is ,if you have the op,dont eat lots ,dont smoke ,dont drink booze,well much,,if you are abit of a slob lol,,change your lifestyle real quick,im not sure i would have had the op now ive felt the aftermath years later,so good comments in here,read them all,if anyone can tell me if they had a repair again would be good to talk and get some advice,big thanks to all and good luck with your decision
Wow! I was the post before you
I have had mine done for a year! I hate to think that will happen to me! I was diagnosed with Barrets before my surgery, so I guess that I could have esophageal cancer or live life well till it fails! Did they do the same surgery 9 yrs ago as they are doing it now? Is it the same doc ad before? Please repost after your surgery, I would like to know if they find why it happened or if something was done differently than 8 yrs ago? Did they do your first surgery laproscopically the first time or was it more radical then? So many questions
Thanks for the post!
Briankeating

Burbank, CA

#66 Jul 23, 2011
The key hole surgery is great it works good I got it done 5 months back i feel a better now but still would appreciate wishes for myself to get well soon and i send you all the same good wishes for your health as well.

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janbo

United States

#67 Aug 18, 2011
JRP wrote:
sorry to say, if I had to do it all over again, I would not have had it done. Major problems after surgery. Its been a year and still have trouble getting food down. It sticks, like swollowing too much air. Can't burp, nor will ever be able to throw up again. I lost 27 lbs because I could't eat anything but liquids, that was in the first month. Doc says may have to go back in after 10 years........Think before you make the decision
I had the surgery 1 year ago, I would never ever have it done again. I have lost 20 pounds and can't throw up either. PLEASE! get a second oppion.
done

Clarksville, TN

#68 Aug 18, 2011
janbo wrote:
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I had the surgery 1 year ago, I would never ever have it done again. I have lost 20 pounds and can't throw up either. PLEASE! get a second oppion.
I lost 44 pnds. But I needed to. It helped me so much! I can't vomit or burp either. My son gave me the stomach flu, and I dry heaved. But other tgan that, I am glad I had it done. I was burning up my lungs and esophagus and vocal cords. I sang professionally before I had the rwflux. Reflux took my career away. It was so bad that I would choke and couldn't breathe at night. This was for 10yrs! I was diagnosed with Barrett's Esophagus. I gave to have it checked every year so it doesn't turn into cancer. So, if I could have had this done even 5 yrs ago, I would have. My life is more important than not being able to vomit or burp. I will live with that. I feel SO much better!
Simona

Lyngby, Denmark

#69 Sep 3, 2011
Found 3 days ago that I have HH, not much info. like what type or how big. My problems started with a lot of gas, after that burning on the left side back, moving to the right, and upper back, alternative or all, I never felt something in the stomach beside being warm and on intestine too. After found H-pylori and receive treatment, the symptoms came back longer and stronger. I was sent to an endoscopy to check if H-pylori gone, and the specialist said HH, the bacteria is negative. I am on Lansoprazole 30mg/day.
I still have burning on the back, back pain, pain on the left side back under rib cage, the stomach is warm, salt in the mouth, strong pain on the chest (after endoscopy) seems like I have a cage of metal inside my torso, reading a lot of information about HH.
I am taking DGL, drinking the water and jumping 10 times in the morning, self massage, and looking forward to find a good chiropractor to fix this problem.
Still confused how much is H-pylori and how much mess is from HH, since all the symptoms started quite quick and no pre-symptoms or some sort of signals.
Jim

Fort Worth, TX

#70 Sep 22, 2011
I had a large hiatal hernia repaired 4 1/2 weeks ago plus my gallbladder removed at the same time. I had constant pain under my breastbone and sometimes felt like I couldn't breath - this was caused by the hernia. My other symptoms were intolerance to meats and fats which was the result of a gallstone blocking the bile duct. I am much better than before the surgery - no shortness of breath, no constant pain. Eating has been an adventure however - I was on liquids for a couple of weeks, then slowly started adding more solid foods. The first few bites can be painful until things start working. Strangely, toast is a real problem for me... More disturbing is that I cannot burp very well, although it is improving. I saw the surgeon and mentioned this to him - he said some people can never burp again after the surgery. So - carbonated beverages are out for now, and may be out for good. However, all in all it is a small price to pay for the return of my health. Other post-operative issues were pain under my collar bone for a few days - I understand this is normal due to the gas that inflates the abdomen during the procedure (which was laproscopic). My advice on eating is to go slow, chew and add solids carefully. I am very optimistic that I will return to a normal diet although beer and soda may not be part of it.
robin

Bristol, UK

#71 Sep 30, 2011
I have been having trouble for some years with a bloating feeling in my chest, shortness of breath which has got worse . Some reflux with certain foods , and bad wind after eating a evening meal mainly when I sit down or lie down in bed .I was told in the past that I was suffering from asma , bronculitase ,and now my breathing has become bad ,being sent for a chest ex-ray . and then told I have an Hiatal Hernia and any operation would be very risky Help Somebody
shawna

Huntington Beach, CA

#72 Oct 19, 2011
I am getting ready for hiatal hernia surgery. I am concerned about never being able to burp. Do any of you have a problem with passing gas alot?
thanks
David C

Europe

#73 Nov 25, 2011
Tammy wrote:
Heather or Anyone!!
I hope you read this!!
When you had the hiatal hernia did you feel like if you throat was closing in on you, a tight feeling?
Hi Tammy,

I was diagnosed with the HH about 6mths ago, I am 38. It was mildly irratating for a while, but recently I am getting the feeling of something lodged in my throat.

I went to the Doctor who said I had a flare up of reflux into the oesaphagus, and to double of up on the antacids ( Nexium), but it is still there.. do you think I should get second opinion or request another endoscopy?

David
Janie

Mesquite, TX

#74 Dec 11, 2011
maryel63m wrote:
I TOO HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING A CHOKING SENSATION AND HAVE PAIN IN SHOULDER BLADES AND BETWEEN.I HAVE HAD CHEST XRAY;BARRIUM SWALLOW; ENDOSCOPY; AND CHEST CT SCAN. THE ONLY THING SHOWING UP IS THE LARGE HIATAL HERNIA. I ALSO WENT TO AN ENT TO LOOK DOWN MY THROAT TO SEE IF THAT WAS WHERE THE PROBLEM WAS. HE SAW NOTHING. DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS
Hi Mary, I also have a Hiatal Hernia, with a lot of the symptoms...I get severe pains in my chest,jaw & between shoulder blades. Have been taking Acphex for the acid for about 10 years now & it stops the heartburn, but not the pain...but here goes. Get a about half a glass of water/coffee as hot as you can stand it, take 4-5 gulps and your pain should stop. This is what I've been doing for the last 20 yrs. and it stops the pain right away. Hope this works for you & everyone else. Good luck!
Janie

Mesquite, TX

#75 Dec 11, 2011
Just a little FYI...I was reading yesterday about having the surgery for the Hiatal Hernia- they advise against it, saying that it's not the best way to fix it as it can come back within 1-2 years. They were saying that a chiropractor who's well versed in this treatment is a better option - they massage it back in place. Now this takes several times & you have to continue treatment for quite a while. I think this is what I'm going to do. First thing in the morning I will try & locate a Dr. that can do this....Good Luck to all !
reann

Tacoma, WA

#76 Dec 12, 2011
hi im looking for a great bariatric surgeon in washington state if anyone knows one please let me know right away thank you.
MinnesotaMark

Minneapolis, MN

#77 Dec 14, 2011
I hope everyone realizes that there are probably 25 or more successful Nissen fundoplication surgeries for every one where there are severe complications or failures. I DO sympathize with the the people who have the bad experience, but for the ones considering you should consider that you are more likely to hear from the people that have had bad experiences on a board like this. The laparoscopic version of this surgery is quite a common procedure these days, but like anything you need to do your due diligence to find the right doctors with significant experience and surgeries under their belt. MM
Lou

Circleville, OH

#78 Dec 21, 2011
Does anyone feel like they have a tightened rope around them with their hernia...I don't have much pain with mine but have that tightening right under the breast. more uncomfortable. Went to a chiropractor that has done several different things with it...feels better for awhile after that. Just wondering if anyone else has that feeling. thanks
Jim

Fort Worth, TX

#79 Dec 21, 2011
13170-8home wrote:
looking for information of procedure and what is involved when this surgery is performed on heatal hernia. Are the ribs broken to reach the surgery area, and what about the heart being in the way.
I had the procedure done in August (Nissen fundoplication)- it was done laparoscopically. At the same time, I had my gall bladder removed. It was an overnight stay at the hospital. To answer your question, no - the ribs are not broken and the hear is not in the way. The pain was very manageable - after a couple of days, I didn't need the hydrocodone that was prescribed for me. The biggest issue has been swallowing - it took a couple of months for things to settle down. I just need to chew my food well and eat slowly - the surgery solved my reflux problems and I am pain free now. Have your doctor explain the surgery to you - and what to expect afterwards. You may also want to get a second opinion....
jpek

Winnipeg, Canada

#80 Jan 15, 2012
13170-8home wrote:
Where do I find these excerises to prevent surgery?
no such exercises. hiatal hernia is physical damage to the stomach diaphram. Simply put, the whole where the esophogus enters the abdomin is larger than it should be. The result is that the stomach can move upward to the chest area causing symptoms. Google symptoms for a complete list. Nexium or other proton pump inhibitors will reduce stomach acid issues. If you have a hiatal hernia, you MUST control stomach acid or risk barrets disease, or esophogial ulcers, which can develope into esophogial cancer. Life style changes are gernerally prescribed for hiatal hernias, but surgery is available in extreme cases. NOTE: It has been my experience ( and many other people from what I have read) that doctors downplay this condition. I believe it is because they always try to avoid surgery. That, however, leaves a patient feeling like they are not being taken seriously, or that the patient is exagerating the symptoms. If you opt for surgery, research your surgeon. Do NOT accept a gerneral surgeon with limited experience on hiatals. It is a touchy operation, and you need someone with a proven track record. Good luck. JPEK

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