6 months post fundoplication

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fundo
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   Posted 4/28/2012 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
 can anyone give some advice. I had a nissen fundoplication over 6 months ago. this was done for a very large hiatal hernia that 2/3 of my stomach had went through.  I had trouble breathing prior to surgery.  This got better after surgery but not completly.  I still have times where breathing is difficult.  I have trouble lying on my back or picking things up even if not heavy.  Will this breathing ever get better and what can i do to make it better?  Everything else seems to be ok.  Thanks for any advice

dencha
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   Posted 4/28/2012 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi fundo,
Welcome to Healing Well!  When you say your breathing was difficult, do you mean that acid had migrated into them, causing damage?  Have you seen a pulmonologist?
 
What does your surgeon say about this problem persisting?  I will say this.  While most of the healing and adjustment to your GI changes occur by 6 months, the healing continues throughout the first year. I even found fine tuning continued into the second year.
 
Hopefully somebody will be by to share more information and support.  I also had difficulty with breathing pre-op, but my issue was caused by reflux creating very bad asthma symptoms.  My lungs took about two and a half months to improve.
 
Glad you've joined the forum!
Best wishes,
Denise

fundo
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   Posted 4/29/2012 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Desise
The breathing issues i had were from my lung being completly collapsed due to the hernia. Surgeon said lung would have to inflate again. I believe this has happened because breathing is better. It is still not perfect. It feels at times like the deep breath has to go around something. This was like before surgery but not near as bad. Some days are excellent and others are not as good. Is this normal

dencha
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   Posted 4/29/2012 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi fundo,
 
It's totally normal for a pre-existing, long-standing problem that was caused by either GERD/acid, or your hernia, to take time to heal.  It didn't take 6 months for your lungs to get to that point, and it will take longer than 6 months for them to recovery.
 
That's why around here we're always reminding each other that it takes a full year for all the healing to occur.  I even found improvements into the second year.
 
Best wishes,
Denise
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