Hiatal Hernia Surgery: To have or not to have

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RubyOne
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/18/2013 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
EVENING ALL:  AT THE MOMENT I FEEL LIKE IM CAUGHT BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEE.  I HAVE A VERY LARGE HIATAL HERNIA.  AFTER WAITING TO SEE A GASTRO SPECIALIST FOR 2 MONTHS, SINCE I LIVE IN A RURAL AREA AND NOT MUCH AVAILABLE, I WAS LED TO A SURGEON IN MY AREA WHO THEN REFERRED ME TO A MINIMAL INVASIVE SURGEON 3 HOURS AWAY FOR A CONSULT.  AFTER THIS WONDERFUL MAN LOOKED AT MY INFO AND INFORMED ME I HAD A HUGE HERNIA, HE TOLD ME HE'D RATHER SEND ME TO A SPECIALIST OF THE SPECIALISTS WHO DO MINIMAL INVASIVE, LACOSPOIC WORK.
 
BY NOW IM EXHAUSTED AND THIS STARTED IN MAY.  I HAVE BEEN TOLD MY SURGERY WILL NOT BE A WALK IN THE PARK.  MY LIFE HASNT BEEN A WALK IN THE PARK EITHER FOR THE LAST 3 YEARS WHEN I STARTED TO NOTICE MY SYMPTOMS.
 
AFTER READING SOME OF YOUR MESSAGES, I SEE I HAVE VERY FEW SYMPTOMS BUT THEY ARE LIFE CHANGING.  BREATHING IS THE MAIN ISSUE AND INDIGESTION.  NOT HEARTBURN BUT A FEELING OF UNWELLNESS IN MY CHEST.  LIKE FEELING SICK ALL THE TIME I CAN HARDLY GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING BUT FEEL BETTER AS THE DAY PROGRESSES
 
I HAVE AN EXTREME FEAR AND DISLIKE OF GETTING DEEPLY INVOLVED IN THE MEDICAL SYSTEM.  I ALSO LIVE 3 TO 4 HOURS AWAY FROM HELP IF I SHOULD NEED IT POST SURGERY.
 
SIGH.  AT THIS VERY MOMENT WHICH IS THE MIDDLE OF THE NITE CAUSE I CANT SLEEP....IM NOT GOING TO HAVE THE SURGERY.  I WAS TOLD THE RECOVERY IS WORSE THAN THE UNWELLNESS I FEEL NOW.
 
I GUESS MY NEXT STEP IS TO ASK WHAT THE RISKS ARE OF NOT HAVING THE SURGERY AND JUST CONTEND WITH MY SYMPTOMS AS THEY ARE.
 
HELP.  ANY FEEDBACK OR SUGGESTIONS.  TUVM  RUBYONE
 
 
 
 

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 8/18/2013 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Ruby,
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am glad you took the time to post an introduction as it give all of the members a chance to meet and greet you.
 
Perhaps you did not realize it but your post is in all capitals;  I am going to request that you do not use all caps as it is very hard for people to read as well as internet etiquette considers typing in all caps to be "shouting".
 
I do understand your fear of surgery but if it will change the quality of your life for the better as well as prevent any further complications from the hernia it may be wise for you to seriously consider the surgery.
 
Please remember I am not a physician.
 
Again a warm welcome to HW and I know you will be hearing from other members.
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
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opnwhl4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 4961
   Posted 8/27/2013 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Ruby-

While I haven't had a giant hernia repaired I have been through the reflux surgery. With a huge HH there is a real issue with having a twisted stomach and it also presses on our heart and lungs. I really wish you would reconsider having the surgery.
Please stop by the GERD forum and talk with some of our members who have had the huge HH repaired. I know there are a lot of horror stories out there, but If the recovery was really that bad I would not have done it 3 times.

Take care,
Bill
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