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My husband (age 76) was told today after having a endoscope, he may have a hiatal hernia. He had emergency gall bladder surgery a yr ago and found gall bladder had quit working and was gangreous. Since then he has had large amounts

By Anonymous April 12, 2011 - 4:50pm
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of mucous reflux which is getting worse.He has no pain nor burning sensation associated with acid reflux. I worry about him being a candidate for more surgery since he has several surgeries (3x spine surgery, adominal hernia and two TIA's this past Jan. Several scans on arteries, heart provided no clue for TIA's.The Dr. is now talking laprascopy surgery for the hiatal hernia. I would to be better informed. Any suggestions or comments?

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Hi Anonymous,

I'm sorry that you and your husband have been through so much in the past year. A laparoscopy is a rather minimally invasive procedure-- however, it is entirely up to your husband to decide whether the hernia is bothering him enough to want to go through this again.

Laparoscopy is done with very small tools and a tiny camera in order to minimize bleeding and scarring-- and also shortens recovery time.

Complications include:
Damage to blood vessels or organs
Problems related to anesthesia
The need for open surgery rather than laparoscopic surgery

He should avoid heavy lifting immediately after the procedure but should be able to resume regular activity within a week.

If you would like to learn more about laparoscopies, please visit:

Let me know if you have any additional questions!


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