6 mos. post large paraesophageal hiatal hernia surgery; no Nissen 2/1/13

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Najean
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   Posted 8/14/2013 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Can't eat much; still get heartburn and occasional GERD; lost 30 lbs; need to stop losing weight! What natural remedies for heartburn; will my weight level out soon? Most of stomach was in chest.

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   Posted 8/14/2013 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Najean

Welcome to Healing Well.

Am I reading your title correctly that you did not have the nissen done when they fixed the hernia? If so I am curious as to why? Was that your decision or your surgeon's?

Since you are still getting heartburn and such it sounds like it should have been done, but that's my thoughts and I have had a successful nissen.

As for natural remedies, I am not really up on these to well, but we do have a lot of members who are. I am sure they will be by shortly. We also have a few threads running about this is you want to take a look at them and join in.

I am going to add an alert to your title to get more members attention.

Take care,
Bill
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Najean
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   Posted 8/14/2013 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It was surgeon's decision, which I did not know about until a postoperative visit...he said I would have worse difficulties than I do if he had done the mesh...I had assumed he would do it from my research
on the subject before my surgery.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/14/2013 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
That's really strange. You are the 1st person I have heard of with this type of hernia and not had some type of nissen done. Not sure what he meant by the mesh statement as the nissen doesn't require mesh. Actually they have found that using mesh for hernia repairs isn't a good idea anyway.
Alcie had a very severe hernia like yours and has a weak swallowing function from polio and they still did a partial wrap on her.
Have you had any follow up testing like a manometry, PH study, or barium swallow? Those would tell what is going on in there.

Take care,
Bill
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Najean
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   Posted 8/14/2013 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I may be confused because I am a survivor of brain tumor surgery many years ago and I do get confused sometimes and have some memory issues, too, sometimes...I do know for sure I had no mesh; thought I did not have a wrap, because he said he just sewed up the hiatus. I do know that I have not had any tests, like a repeat upper GI or other tests since my surgery, which I think is strange; since being 6 mos postop and still having issues, I will go back to GI and ask them to check things out with tests. Just doesn't seem right to me that they haven't. I hope they have not made these choices because I am 70! Sometimes, we really have to be our own advocate!

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   Posted 8/15/2013 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Najean

I agree. Get into your GI and have them check things out. something just doesn't seem right to me.

Take care,
Bill
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Najean
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   Posted 8/15/2013 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Will call tomorrow and make appointment. Thank you for your support.

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   Posted 8/16/2013 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Najean

You are welcome. I am glad you are getting into see your doctor as well.

Take care,
Bill
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jamosca
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   Posted 8/17/2013 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hernias especially large ones should be repaired with a biological mesh, as stitches will not be enough to hold. In uk, my surgeon uses pig gut which is the closest to human DNA . They use it so that our skin cells will grow on the graft and eventually it will dissolve into our system. It is important to ensure when they repair the hernia, what are they going to use. Stitches alone are not enough.

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   Posted 8/17/2013 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
jamosca

I agree that biological is the way to go. Unfortunately, at least here in the US, they were using synthetic mesh and that was basically cutting into other tissue making things much worse.

Take care,
Bill
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