Lung recovery after fundoplication and hiatal hernia repair

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   Posted 9/7/2014 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All just looking for some information from anyone that has experienced similar symptoms to me in the past.

I had laparoscopic fundoplication and hiatal hernia repair in February this year. I am 41 and the reason for going down this path is that I experienced recurrent chest infections for years.

My recovery has been pretty good with the first positive outcome I noticed being how clear my breathing had become, especially when laying down.

However shortly after the surgery, about 6 weeks, I experienced really bad chest pains and got a chest infection. I felt like I got over it but shortly after stopping antibiotics I felt that there was a scratchy feeling in my throat. I just dealt with it - I wasn't coughing up green mucous so I didn't worry about it.

Anyway, here we are five months later and I have got another chest infection. Some doctors have told me that the lungs take the longest to repair - even as long as 2 years. ShouldI be concerned that the surgery has not achieved the desired outcome? My breathing is still clear so I don't think anything has been damaged at this stage.

Would love to hear your feedback.

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   Posted 9/7/2014 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi droberts,

Like you, I had the surgery for lung issues. I had a lung infection going into the surgery, and post-surgery received Rocephin shots to avoid putting antibiotics into my very sensitive stomach. It took quite some time to heal, and my lungs didn't clear for about 3 months or so after surgery.

I have pollen allergies and asthma, so although the surgery has improved my lungs 100%, this doesn't mean I never get a lung infection. I expect your lungs may have been compromised as mine have. My allergy/asthma doctor told me that typical people have the ability to fight potential lung infections, but I am more likely to need the help of an antibiotic.

So, the good news is that your lungs have cleared, and are in better condition than they were pre-op. The bad news is that you can still get lung infections that need treatment. Your doctors are correct about some conditions/recoveries take longer than a year. You may find that you begin to have fewer and fewer infections as your recovery progresses.

Hang in there!
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