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Has anyone had hiatal hernia surgery at Mayo in Rochestor? How are you feeling after the surgery?
Hi everyone, I suffer from a sliding hiatal hernia and the symptoms are horrible. Burping, chest pain, heartburn are among the most irritating. After being put on every antacid known to man, watching what I ate, sleeping upright for a year with no relief I took matters into my own hands because I wasn't getting anywhere with my doctor. I know what set off my episode, mega red fish oil, most people dont but here are a few things I do that help and I hope it can help you if you suffer like I did. When I get up in the morning I drink a half a bottle of water then Hop down the stairs just to keep my stomach where it belongs, I write down everything I eat that gives me heartburn and I try to avoid them but sometimes you just need a taco, if I know I'm going to eat something that may cause an episode I take a OTC Tagamet about an hour before I eat, eat slowly and drink water with it, do not lay down for 3 hours after you eat and here is the one that will shock you…..do not sleep with your head elevated, sleep flat on your back, no pillow under your head, with 2-3 pillows under your legs kind of like your in a seated position……Instant relief from night time heartburn due to your hernia. If it happens during the day I lay on the floor and put my legs up on the couch. It took years for me to get a grip on this and I hope my tips help anyone suffering from this.
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OMG! How many years have you been dealing with this. Have you developed Barrett's yet? You should have your GI order an esophogram/barium swallow to check the extent of reflux and sliding of the stomach. Your GI or a surgeon specializing in the LINX procedure can also order an esophogeal motility study which tests the effectiveness of your swallowing. If your swallowing is fine then have the LINX done . It will stop the reflux . The hole in your diaghragm will be repaired at the same time so your stomach won't slide any longer.
I just had this done myself on Jan 22nd. My surgeon also undid a Nissan fundalplication from 24yrs ago that had slipped down my stomach making it look like an hour Glass. The LINX band of magnetic beads around the LES/ Lower esophageal sphincter has stopped all reflux and I'm heartburn free for the first time in over 24yrs.
@kimmer A link to my story of paraesophageal (sliding hiatal) hernia : https://zarogasnook.blogspot.com/2015/08/a-long-time-passing.html. I am still recuperating from the last surgery and dealing with esophageal problems.
I had one last year but at a different hospital.
I wish I had gone to Mayo in Rochester. I live in Des Moines and surgeon was affiliated with Methodist. It was absolutely the worst experience I've ever had in a hospital. The nurses and nurses aides were horrible. I had to stay an extra day and night because of the lack of care. And, yes, I did report it to the CEO. Director of Nursing and patient advocate. I was not charged for the second day
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