I am glad you reposted. :) Complications of your husband's hernia can be serious and include strangulated hiatal hernia or obstructed hiatal hernia. These complications are medical emergencies. Symptoms can include nausea and vomiting or the inability to have a bowel movement or pass gas. When hiatal hernia is accompanied by GERD the esophagus is exposed to the back flow of acidic stomach contents. This can damage the esophagus and lead to esophagitis, esophageal ulcers and bleeding from the esophagus. There may also be scarring of the esophagus that can result in the formation of strictures.
I have not had a hernia but would suggest that if your husband starts to have sx that you suspect are caused by the hernia before his scheduled surgery that you do call his Doctor or present to the ER for immediate evaluation.
I wish you well,
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