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Aug 03, 2008
lilysmom55
Surgery for hiatal hernia
Hi, my 5 year old daughter has had reflux issues for a few years now and non of the meds we have tried help. We recently found out she has a hiatal hernia which may be making the reflux worse. Has anyone had surgery for a hernia? Would they recommend it? What were the pros and cons? Our dr also suggested doing a nissen, but I am against that for several reasons. thanks, Amy
Aug 04, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
My husband had surgery for a hernia b/c he was in extreme pain. It was a laproscopy and went smoothly, short recovery and got rid of his pain. Of course, everyone is different!!

It is possible that a hernia can cause a lot of the same symptoms of GERD and it could help those symptoms to have the hernia addressed. Does she have a lot of complications from GERD to warrant doing the Nissen at the same time? I am just wondering why they wanted to do it at the same time... There is a good list on the reading room about when to look into surgery for GERD that might help.

Hopefully some of the moms who have also been through this will post to you soon. I let them know you posted here because this forum does not get much traffic. Feel free to repost in General Beginner and Infant as well. That forum tends to get the most responses.
Aug 04, 2008
lilysmom55
Thanks for the info! I don't think she has severe reflux(she refluxed at least twice during the gastric emptying scan), but she does say her stomach hurts every day and she is tired all the time because she doesn't sleep well. The main reason her dr wanted to do a nissen at the same time was because he was afraid to put her through two surgeries. I am really against the nissen, but I don't have a problem with the hernia surgery. The real question is would the hernia help alleviate her symptoms. He said it may/may not help with the reflux, but what about the pain? It sounds like it worked for your husband and I feel like it is minimally invasive now. Plus, she has cyclic vomiting which sounds like it would rip the nissen anyway.
Aug 05, 2008
jenrackley
PAGER Volunteer Services Coordinator
Nutritionist
Melina 7/24/02 now reflux free!!
TWINS:
Ella 5/3/05 GERD, asthma, hypotonia, food intolerances, esophagitis, IBS //
Ava 5/3/05 asthma, food allergies
Pic: My girls! They are getting so big!
I just e-mailed you! :)
Feb 09, 2011
tony2501
Ive been through this
Dear lilysmom55, my son went through hiatal surgery when he was 1 year old. After having pnemonia twice the doc made a broncoscopy (sorry Im not sure how to write it in English) and found out he had severe GER. My son had surgery the next day and I can only say that it changed our lives. My son if finally free of medicines and baginning to stablish normal sleeping patterns. For us it was the best thing it could happen. I hope this helps you. I really wish you find the right answer for you and your family.
Check with your
doctor first!