Strangulated Paraeosophagal hernia

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rabbitrabbit
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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 9/19/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello again
Have posted earlier that my OH is awaiting a full wrap for a giant hernia (stomach fully in chest) First surgeon wanted it done rapidly  to avoid stangulation , but then retired having not set things in motion.  A second surgeon is quite blaze about whether or not it strangulates or not, saying if it happens before the operation ( Beg Nov) , pain will tell him to come straight to hospital where they will put a tube down to release the stomach pressure,and then proceed to normal wrap. He is dismissive of strangulation being a problem as long as OH comes straight into hospital if it occurs.
May I ask if any of you have had paraoesophagal  hernias which have strangulated  -  whether you knew straight away and whether it caused any problems you wouldnt normally have had after the op?
I would also like to ask if drinking alcohol  is a problem after this operation . My OH has always drunk quite a lot nightly. Spirits and wine. (But has never had reflux acid)  Many thanks.

stkitt
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   Posted 9/19/2010 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Rabbitrabbit,
 
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,
 
Kitt
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rabbitrabbit
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   Posted Today 5:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Stkitt. Im probably just being pessamistic and too jumpy. Hopefully he will get to his date without any bother.Many thanks for your advice, I will be sure to bundle him off to Casualty for assessment if he presents the symptoms you mentioned. Thankyou for replying.

stkitt
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   Posted Today 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Rabbit,
 
You are so very welcome and let us know how he does.  We are here to support you.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

rabbitrabbit
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   Posted 9/23/2010 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, I will, much appreciated. Good luck to all those of you post surgery at the moment. Back in Nov.
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