Connection between Lap Nissen Fundoplication and Paraesophageal Hernia

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   Posted 3/17/2014 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the Lap Nissen fundoplication procedure done for GERD in March 1997, which overall, was successful in stopping the GERD, however, on the way home from the hospital after this procedure, I developed a persistent hiccup, which I didn't attribute to anything other than a hiccup. After several months of these hiccups, I went back into the doctor who performed the Lap Nissen, he agreed this wasn't normal, and proceeded to go into more testing. After several endoscopies,having to eat the egg with the isotope and X-rays, my doctor was able to determine that I now had a Paraesophageal Hernia that needed to be repaired. I went back into surgery in March 1998 for repair of this Paraesophageal Hernia and due to the lesions from the surgery the year before, they were not able to repair. They stapled my stomach down as best they could and attached a G-Tube directly to my stomach to hold it in place while it healed, and I wore this for a month following surgery. It indicated on the surgeons post-surgical report, a complication, which stated "unable to repair". My question: is there any record of this happening any where else? This issue is not a "Hiatal Hernia" but a "Paraesophageal Hernia".
I'm trying to research documentation for a VA disability claim.

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   Posted 3/18/2014 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, rr.

1997 was a long time ago. Surgeries were a lot different then than they are now. I don't think they "took down" the esophagus back then like they do now to make it long enough for the wrap.

Hiccups weren't so unusual then, although you'll have to red a lot of very old papers and books to prove that. Hiccups starting so soon after surgery, before healing had begun, and lasting so long, could have caused the diaphragm to tear, causing the stomach to migrate into the chest.

Proving a disability due to and so long after the surgery will be difficult, I'm sure. (Don't quote me because I have no credible expertise, just a patient.) Can't you get disability due to your current condition?

Best wishes!
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