Paraesophageal hernia experiences

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Date Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 9/13/2012 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Alice (and any other's that have a para-e),

I wondered if you had journaled your experience as you went through surgery and recovery with your para-e hernia. I have a surgery date now in late October, and I am using the same team of doctors you used Alice, so would love to read about your experience (or any others that have gone through surgery).

I haven't been able to figure out how to see more than your last 10 posts when I click on your name. Is there a way to see all of a person's posts?

Thanks so much!

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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 5013
   Posted 9/14/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
If you go to the search box at the top of the page and put in a keyword or even several words you can read old posts from years back. My original surgery was in 2009. I came to the group then and got started on my research.

I posted lots of concerns and problems with testing, etc. I didn't know much except that I had enough allergies and sensitivities to be scared of meds and foods in the hospital. I prepared clear liquids and froze them, had them brought to the hospital when I was allowed to eat.

You'll find links in the old posts too. You might want to start with the info threads at the top of this forum's home page. Lots of information there. Also google GPEH, the types of surgeries done for it. Mine was a Toupet (partial Nissen) because I have a weak swallow from polio ad a kid.

Keep on posting. I don't check in every day but will be watching for you. Others are great responders and have useful advice also.

miss Lapponia
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Date Joined Jul 2011
Total Posts : 23
   Posted 9/16/2012 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Deb!

Best wishes from Finland!

I Had also that PEH. In my case it was surprise. I had anemia (Hb 85) and GI-doctor found the reason for that: La C esophagitis and quite large hh.

My op was assisted by the robot. When that hospital in Helsinki started using a robot in gastro-op, I was one of the first day patients.

During the op my surgeon noticed this hh is not the normal sliding one, this is the PEH. It was 10 cm in thorax area.

Everything went very well!!!
The op took 2 hours
I stayed in the hospital 2 days
My sickleave was 2 weeks
(what a 2-2-2-story :-) )

My recovering time was very easy. No complications, no pains, no swallowing or any other problems...nothing negative!

The op was 1,5 years ago. I can do and eat whatever I want. Just only remember to eat slowly and chew carefully.

I had asthma-examinations in last spring-summertime. On July they took a thorax x-ray. I think, if the PEH is now re-herniating, these pictures have shown that. So, everything seems to be well with me.

Deb, hoping all the best to your op. Hopefully you'll have such an easy recovering time as I had...and you can enjoy everyday feeling better and better wink

With warm hugs

*Paraesophageal hernia repair & "floppy-Nissen"
(by da Vinci robot) 3/2011.

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