Posted 8/10/2017 12:32 AM (GMT -7)
I did quite a bit of research prior to choosing my surgeon and was pleased after having met him. I'm waiting to get in to take the ph test & manometry tests and immediately afterwards will have the surgery.
My hiatal hernia first started bothering me when I was 21, or 47 years ago, and I've really suffered with it and reflux over the years. I had a friend while in my 20's who was a professor of gastroenterology & he taught me how to take care of my hernia and I've really babied it. Have kept my head elevated all these years, have given up many foods, etc etc. Green Lizzard has been my best friend for the past 20 years, but the last time I tried to get a script, it was going to cost $750.
My latest EGD showed that my hernia is now 7 cm. I've hardly left my house this summer because of the pain & discomfort. I can no longer wear a bra, and believe me, a 68 year old woman who's had 3 kids is way past her bra-burning days.
I never thought about surgery till lately because I remember the donut that was the norm back in the '70's. A donut was somehow placed around the esophagus but more often than not the patient ended up with more problems than she had before. So I was thrilled to learn about NF. I've been reading your posts for the past few weeks and appreciate all the knowledge you folks impart.
My surgeon told me that I'll be on a liquid diet for 2 months after the surgery. He claims that after that I'll be good as new. (My words, not his). I'll be able to lift my grand babies, eat raw onions and peppermint ice cream, my 2 favorite foods. I used to eat onions like apples. It's been 45 years since I've had either. And I'll be able to wear a bra again. Hallelujah. But I realize that I'm not going to pop right back up, especially after having read about some of your experiences.
Right now I'm off my PPI's and antacids because of the upcoming tests, and the discomfort is building.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions you folks might have. I know I may not be able to burp or throw up, but anything has to be better than what I've been going through my entire adult life. I have to admit, I'm pretty darn excited.