Looking for feedback on what people have done to successfully treat hiatel hernias? Besides the usual treatment for them (elevating bed, watching food, small meals, etc. acid reflux (OTC Prilosec, etc), any words of advice? So far none of the usual treatments are working.
How old are you, were you born with one, is it a new situation, any co-morbid conditions, like Barret's esophagus or other?
I have one I was born with, was not diagnosed until I was almost 60 and food was not passing thru and it had to be stretched with an endoscope they run down your throat then and again four years later.
If you have a narrowing and stretching may help, give it a try.
Some people only need it once, some once every few years, some need it a few times a year and it changes if and when you may need it next, it is not a regular thing.
To stretch it, they put you barely under, not full anesthesia and you are good to go in a couple of hours, you can even go eat then if you want.
You may be very sore for a few days, don't let that scare you.
That is a routine procedure, gastroenterologists are very good at it any more.
Depending on how bad your hiatal hernia is, the Dr may suggest surgery, a fundectomy the most common one, but generally they don't go there until it is a last resort.
Watch what you eat, no caffeine, no spicy stuff etc. and small meals.
If eating out, a "to go box" is your friend, you can take some/most of the meal home and eat a bit at a time.
Have your regular Dr refer you to a good specialist for that kind of problem.
My mom has one and she takes a double dose of Prilosec OTC daily. That works pretty well for her. She had to be a little bit more careful than most people with what she eats, but for the most part the double dose makes daily life more comfortable for her.
Was your fundoplication an open surgery or laproscopic? What was your diagnosis that led to the surgery?
I have bad GERD with esophagitis. Have been on all the medications which help but dont completely control. Not overweight.
I read about this procedure and would hope it would help my situation!
Mine was laproscopic. I have had food regurgitation issues since I was a kid. Basically the sphincter muscle between my stomach and my esophagus never shut. Medications obviously didn't help. So the surgery was recommended and although the recovery sucked it has been almost 7 years and I have had no real issues. I am very glad I did it.
I was diagnosed when I was in my mid thirties. After about six months of avoiding coffee, spicy foods, etc., my symptoms went away for the most part, except for a brief annual reappearance in spring and fall. The thing that has eliminated them entirely (knock on wood!) is stopping yoga. All that hanging upside down really did a number on my condition. Everytime I went down for a sun salutation I came up with heartburn, LOL.