Wishes from Finland.
You seem to have the same devil
as I had.
My history is that it was January 2010 I was going with my boyfriend to donate blood to local Red Cross. I was feeling very healthy and I supposed everything is ok. Somehow my Hb was 85
After that...finding the reason to my anemic my doctor took every possible bloodtest and nothing special was found. Then was the time to Gastroscopy. The result after that was: La C esophagitis, very large hiatus hernia and
open LES. After the second G-scopy he recommended me the NF and wanted surgeon's comment to my situation. I met the surgeon twice and he decided to put me to the surgery-queue.
4 months later I got a call from another surgeon. He wanted me to his patient, when this hospital will start gastrosurgeries assisted by the robot. I said yes to him to be his patient, OMG!
Then came the operation (on March 10th 2011). Everything went so well. After the surgery my surgeon came to see me. He said, now the surgery is over and there is a "floppy-Nissen"...but this very large hh was not just like that...it was a paraes.hernia.
Thank God, I had so experienced surgeon. He thought before the operation, that this will be NF + hh repair...but when the surgery was on, he had to change the hh repair to the paraes.repair...and this paraes. hernia repair is so much more challenging than hh-repair.
This was my story of my NF and paraes.hernia repair.
As I mentioned in Gregg's thread, my recovering time was (too) easy. Before the surgery, I was so scared of all those possible complications after the surgery....but somehow I got none of them
(no swallowing problem, no shoulder/stomach pains, no diarrhea, no stitch problem)
I had my post op diet almost one month. In this period I ate only liquid; soups, smoothies, yoghurts, very thin porridge etc.
(My surgeon recommended to go to soft food after 2 week period, but I just wanted to be sure, that my stomach is ready for the next step...and this 4 week liquid period was my decision).
My recovering time was peaceful. I just enjoyed every day to feel my body and condition better and better. I got 2 week sick leave and I think that was enough for me.
In Finland we also have a very good GERD-forum!!! This was superb place to hanging on before and after the surgery.
As you can imagine, Finland is so small country and I noticed that I was the only one in this forum with this special-hernia (=paraes.). Now I want to hear other stories from patients who has/had this special-hernia. Does somebody have some exams after the surgery, what exams and when?...or some complications after years which is still linked to this surgery?...or is here someone who has redo this hernia-repair?
All the best
I'm sure you Meandonlyme will also succeed!
(again, sorry about
my English, try to understand me