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Ian Victor
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   Posted 6/3/2013 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Early this morning I completed my Barium test-- yuck! The radiologist pointed out that I have, in fact, a small but noticeable hiatal hernia. That would certainly explain the worsening symptoms in the past decade and would also account for inefficacy of the Bard Endocinch procedure. Anyone else here discover a hiatal hernia? I'm assuming that this must be a common ailment among reflux sufferers. Thursday, I go back for an endoscopy.

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   Posted 6/3/2013 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Yup. They found a small Hiatul Hernia in me when I did the Upper GI and Scope. So far I am only at 2 Cm which allows them to do the TIF on me. Scheduled for one week from today.

I think it is common in people who have reached the point where they are willing to do surgery to make the quality of life better. I have lived with Acid Reflux for the better part of 2 decades, but it took the symptoms of the Hernia to complicate them enough to cause me to get help again. I also think the hernia amplifies the affects of the reflux as well.

Good Luck


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   Posted 6/3/2013 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a hernia also and believe it has added to the cause of my reflux.

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   Posted 6/3/2013 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Ian, welcome to the forum.

Didn't your doctor check out your stomach before trying the Endocinch? Yes, small hernias are common in adults, but they don't usually cause any problems.

You might ask if it's possible to go back in and correct the hernia. Or do they have to undo the Endocinch?

Ian Victor
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   Posted 6/3/2013 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie-- I had the Bard Endocinch about 10 years ago. It did nothing-- it never worked. My GI doctor did do an upper endoscopy. I have an endoscopy scheduled for this Thursday. Keep in mind that all of these procedures are being completed in anticiption of my forthcoming Nissen Fundoplication. My surgeon has said that I'm not a good candidate for the TIF given the severity of my reflux and previously failed Endocinch. The Nissen Fundoplication will correct any issues or problems related to the hiatal hernia. With part of the stomach protruding through the diaphram, the LES cannot close effectively, even if I were to try a less invasive surgery-- so the Nissen appears to be my best option.
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