It's more than likely not a re-herniation. During your recovery, you can experience gas and bloat symptoms which can give you breathing difficulties. Try taking an anti-gas medication containing simethicone, and I bet he sees the symptoms subside. He can expect to have minor setbacks, it's all a part of the healing process. I didn't start to feel a whole lot better until around the 6-month mark, and my "new" me around a year.
Thanks for your reply, Sharon. He's been on Simethicone, which hasn't helped much.
On Saturday, he was taken to hospital, where he had an x-ray and clotting tests to rule out emboli. Thankfully, everything looked ok. They are also arranging another barium swallow for him, which will take about
six weeks. The x-ray didn't show any evidence of re-herniation.
The problem is that he's had no improvement in this symptom (now 12 days post op), and it is causing him significant anxiety, as when this symptom began, he felt something move internally that he describes as being very much like the feeling he had when his hernia used to slide up - although small (3cm), the breathing issues he's had always accompany it. Breathing issues were always the most troublesome for him - now he is worried that the hernia has returned and that he's being left to suffer because he's being told it's unlikely. He had 2 CT scans before and only the second one showed a hernia - it's never shown up on an x-ray, which is why it's not giving him peace of mind.
The message from the surgeon, and from the surgeon that saw him at the hospital the other night, is that this difficulty exhaling isn't unusual. His surgeon said it is completely normal as he has had to work on his diaphragm for the hernia repair. It doesn't seem to be a common effect of the surgery, though, so it's difficult to console him. He was told he'd be ready to go back to work in two weeks, which at the moment seems very unlikely.
I hope it begins to settle soon, as he is really upset. :/
Post Edited (SpiralGalaxy) : 12/18/2018 5:21:39 AM (GMT-7)