If you are like me and suffering from a Hiatal hernia, I don’t have to tell you what kind of problem this can cause. I have spent about 6 months now trying to figure out what was wrong with me because I had heartburn so bad I didn’t know what to do. I would try my usual medicine like Tums, Mylanta, and Rolaids but the heartburn kept coming back. Finally, on the advice of my wife, I went to the doctor to see what else I could do to get rid of the darn heartburn. To my surprise after a couple of tests, I was told that I have a hernia, and I should undergo an operation called hiatal hernia surgery to fix the problem.
Well, I don’t have to tell you I almost fell off of the examine table when the doc gave me the news! I need hiatal hernia surgery ? I have never been sick a day in my life, now all of a sudden I have to have surgery? I can’t tell you how nervous I am, I wanted to come and share my fears here with you.
I know that surgery is a big deal, and I asked the doctor if there was any other choice. He told me that the longer I wait, the worse it can become. I will actually start to have problems in my esophagus (throat) because the acid reflux I have will start to break down the tissue and cause me even more problems.
Ok, so the first thing I did is what anyone would do, I drove home and hopped on the internet to find out more about hiatal hernia surgery. What I found out was that at least 90% of the people who have it, are cured, so that gave me a big sigh of relief. Of course I’m a little scared, but I have my surgery coming up in two weeks now and want you guys to know there is hope out there. Once I finally found out what was wrong, I have to tell you, I was a little relieved because there were times I thought I was losing my mind.
Alright, so hiatal hernia surgery was not on my list of things I wanted to do this summer, but if it will help me get rid of heartburn, I’m all for it. I am going to have laparoscopic hiatal hernia surgery, and I think my recovery time will be about a month according to my doctor.
My doctor has had a lot of patients who have had hiatal hernia surgery, and I’m glad I went to him before I caused more damage in my throat. The surgeon was pretty cool and explained the procedure. I will go in the hospital as an outpatient, so I don’t even have to stay the night there, I get to come home and be treated like a king! Well maybe not a king, but my wife will be extra nice she said.