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kbota
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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 1/23/2012 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I apologize if this is the wrong place to post this.

My wife has a really bad hiatal hernia. 1/2 of her stomach is pushed up behind her heart. It's now causing her real issues, as she cannot hold food down.

She had it fixed once about 5 years ago, but it tore loose. Does anyone know if robotic surgery is a good option? I usually hang out on the prostate forum, and hear good things about the davinci.

The only other option is to cut her open, which she does not want.

She is 5'2", 120 lbs, age is 60

Thanks in advance for any help.

K
Age 57 at Dx
5/09 PSA 2.26
6/10 PSA 3.07 FPSA 18% DRE +
Biopsy, 7 of 18+, >60%, 4+5=9
7/21/2010 - RRP
Nodes & Ves neg
tumor contained, still 4+5=9
pni ext.
9/3/10 - 0.04 99% continent
10/14/10, 0.04, and lupron #1, 99.9% continent
Total ED, implant on 12/15/10
2/11 - 0.04, HT #2
6/11 - 0. , HT #3

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/23/2012 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
K-

Welcome to our tiny corner of Healing well.

I have heard a lot of good things about the DaVinci, but wonder if her prior repair would have caused too much scarring to be able to do it that way. I do not have first hand experience with the type of HH your wife has, but I know a few people here have had this.
Hopefully Alcie and others who have been through this will pop in here. I do have experience with lap and open surgery to repair a HH and do a Nissen. I have had 2 done lap and my last in August was done open. That surgery surprised me as it was my easiest to recover from.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

kbota
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Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 487
   Posted 1/24/2012 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you opn. She and I are meeting with a surgeon in a few minutes.(sitting in waiting room now). Hopefully he will provide a good option,....or two.

She's been through a rough week.

K
Age 57 at Dx
5/09 PSA 2.26
6/10 PSA 3.07 FPSA 18% DRE +
Biopsy, 7 of 18+, >60%, 4+5=9
7/21/2010 - RRP
Nodes & Ves neg
tumor contained, still 4+5=9
pni ext.
9/3/10 - 0.04 99% continent
10/14/10, 0.04, and lupron #1, 99.9% continent
Total ED, implant on 12/15/10
2/11 - 0.04, HT #2
6/11 - 0. , HT #3

opnwhl4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 4961
   Posted 1/24/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope all went well with the meeting and she can get some help soon.

take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

kbota
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Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 487
   Posted 1/27/2012 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, we met with a surgeon that was recommended by my urologist. After reviewing her history, and doing an exam, he wants to do two tests; an upper GI, and an endoscopy. She will be doing the upper GI this morning. The endoscopy is scheduled for Feb 17. (I'm not sure she can wait that long). After those tests, he plans to do a laproscopic repair of the hernia, and stitch a mesh to her diaphragm to (hopefully) prevent a recurrence.

Anyway, we sure hope this will resolve her hiatal hernia issues.

Thanks

K
Age 57 at Dx
5/09 PSA 2.26
6/10 PSA 3.07 FPSA 18% DRE +
Biopsy, 7 of 18+, >60%, 4+5=9
7/21/2010 - RRP
Nodes & Ves neg
tumor contained, still 4+5=9
pni ext.
9/3/10 - 0.04 99% continent
10/14/10, 0.04, and lupron #1, 99.9% continent
Total ED, implant on 12/15/10
2/11 - 0.04, HT #2
6/11 - 0. , HT #3

opnwhl4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 4961
   Posted 1/27/2012 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
K-

That's good news. Did the surgeon say if he would just be repairing the hernia or did he recommend a fundoplication also? This question has been asked here before, so that is why I was wondering. I'd think if someone isn't having reflux symptoms then just a hernia repair would be ideal.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11
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