My surgeon didn't really give me a choice. I mentioned to my surgeon that my previous doctor said he would not repair the hernia because it would just come back. My current surgeon said there is not a guarantee it will not return but the nissen helps to prevent that from happening.
I had a large paraesophageal hernia with my stomach migrating into my diaphragm pretty quickly. This was initially found in an x-ray of my lungs. An endoscopy confirmed. Paraesophageal hernias can become life threatening if they twist or fold so getting it repaired was necessary. Unlike sliding hernias, they do not move back and forth. Do you know what type of hernia you have?
The doctor said mine may have started in pregnancy with the pressure of a 10 lb baby. Lifting over 25 lbs ever again is not advised by my surgeon. I'm limited to 5 lbs for 3 months. I don't know how a nissen would hold up to heavy lifting. I've heard of them coming undone with strain.
Post Edited (imstarryeyed) : 1/26/2012 9:40:53 AM (GMT-7)