I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia in September of 2007. It used to not be so bad, the gastroenterologist says "surgery is major, you're better off just taking medication for the reflux." So I took his advice. But then, only a specific medication worked, and insurance doesn't like to cover it - they go back and forth, sometimes will cover, sometimes require prior approval, sometimes won't cover at all...and since there's no generic, it's quite expensive.
Then I got pregnant, had a baby. now it's worse. Sometimes I can barely swallow. I get reflux at least 12 hours a day even if I haven't touched food or any beverage besides water in hours and hours. I can't sleep through the night, and often have to get up and go back to sleep in a recliner. I almost always feel full, and after eating, often feel like food is stuck in my throat. Now I wish I had just had the surgery when I had the chance.
So now, I really would like for this to be corrected - I've read that it does not have to be an open surgery, it can be laparoscopic. But I've also read that it can "come undone" basically, and require a repeat surgery. So I'm a bit stuck. I would love to have another child - but I know with this hernia, pregnancy will be miserable. But I'm afraid that if I get the surgery done, then get pregnant after, say, 6 months....the strain of pregnancy might undo what the surgery fixed. So I'm really concerned and in need of some advice, hopefully from someone who has some first hand experience. Has anyone had surgery to repair a hiatal hernia, then had a baby? How did it go? Is everything still fine, or did your hernia come back, requiring a repeat surgery (or not)?
I will be discussing this with a specialist (someone OTHER than the guy who recommended I just leave the hernia!) as soon as I can, but I would really love some info from people who have had this surgery done.
Answer by Anonymous at 7:50 PM on Mar. 4, 2011