paraesophageal hernia

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healthy2014
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   Posted 9/20/2014 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with a medium paraesophageal hernia within the past month. I meet with a surgeon this month. I will have a couple of friends helping me out as much as they can but they can't stay with me 24/7 and I live alone. Is this something do-able? I'll prepare all my liquids/foods beforehand and will have them checking on me. Or should I hire someone to come in and help? Or stay with a friend for the first several days or so? I've never had any kind of surgery so I'm not sure really what to expect. Thanks for any advice.

Alcie
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   Posted 9/21/2014 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Definitely doable. Been there, done that. Just make sure to stay in the hospital as long as they'll let you!

I'm assuming you are having a Nissen or other fundoplication along with pulling down your stomach.

healthy2014
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   Posted 9/21/2014 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Alcie. I'm not sure what procedure they will be doing yet. I should know on the 23rd when I talk to the surgeon. It's all a little confusing to me at this point as my GI doctor has not been super informative. I'm hoping the surgeon will be more informative. This website has been a tremendous help, reading others experiences.

Alcie
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   Posted 9/22/2014 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
The surgeon should decide what procedure is the right one for you, as an individual. Some people insist on a particular one because they're been reading about the latest fad, but that's silly. My surgeon said I needed a "Toupet" because of "wimpy" swallow. It's not the same as a floppy Nissen, just not totally wrapping all the way around the esophagus.

There was a question going in about whether I'd need another procedure to make the esophagus longer, but they were able to "free up" enough (cut loose up in the chest) to get the wrap down below the diaphragm.

They'll only tell you what they think you need to know. Most people are blithely ignorant of anatomy and wouldn't understand anything beyond pulling down the stomach. If you're lucky, surgeon might give you a brief explanation if you ask. But you might still get something else in OR when they actually see what they're dealing with.

No use worrying.

SharonZ
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   Posted 9/22/2014 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you will be fine with your friends checking in on you.

YinYanger
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   Posted 9/28/2014 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi -I've been meaning to write you but been busy - including annoying medical appointments!

There are some others here with paraesophageal hernias who kindly weighed in when I first joined, but we're in the minority overall - particularly those of us with zero or minimal symptoms and no GERD or heartburn.

If you'd like to contact me personally, I have gathered a lot of information (former medical writer and health system researcher). I'd be happy to chat. I think if you go to my profile, you can find my personal e-mail.

How did your surgical consult go?

Take good care.

healthy2014
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   Posted 9/29/2014 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response Yin. I wasn't able to see your email address.

I have the hernia and GERD as well. I've had GERD symptoms for years now. I've had a cough and nasal drip that has kept getting worse for years, I wretch and throw up almost every morning now. Constant bloating and get full very easily. Apparently, these are all classic signs of para. hernia. My GP thought my cough may have been sinus related or from my blood pressure meds. I did have a sinus infection when they did the scan. The ENT doctor gave me a round of antibiotics which did nothing. We switched my blood pressure meds and that did nothing.

I recently started having regular "attacks" where my stomach feels like someone has punched my insides. I get nauseated and can't eat and typically throw up several times. I went to the emergency room the last time and they saw on the CT scan that my bowels and intestines were inflamed and I should follow up with my GI doctor. That's when the testing began! In a way I'm relieved at least I know what is causing the cough etc. No one is sure what is exactly causing the severe stomach pains. They think it's probably related to the hernia but not definite.

The surgeon said I've had the hernia for a while as well. about 1/3 of my stomach has "squeezed" through. I've scheduled my surgery for the 30th of October. It will be done lapa. and he will be doing Nissen Fund. He said I would be in the hospital overnight and released the next day. He said the surgery would take 1.5 hours which seems quick from reading other's post.

I'm nervous because I've never had surgery and have never been in the hospital overnight so I don't know what to expect. I'm hoping I will be so tired and medicated that I won't care. I hope the surgery relieves my symptoms especially the coughing.

YinYanger
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   Posted 9/29/2014 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again - added personal e-mail to my profile. Send me a quick note if you wish. We have slightly different situations but I have some thoughts on your home needs post surgery and a couple other things. I've had several surgical consults and also, strangely, have a friend who had this surgery in the summer.

Thanks.

healthy2014
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   Posted 9/29/2014 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Yin. I just sent you an email. Would love more info. Thanks.
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