Paraesophageal Hernia After Duodenal Switch Gastric Reduction

by Joy
(San Diego, CA)

Hiatus Hernia Vs. Paraesophageal Hiatus Hernia

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I have been having chest pains and knew I had a hiatal hernia. Now I am understanding it is a paraesophageal hernia after a visit to E.R.

I’m trying to navigate the health care system for help without being thrown out of the medical system as a crazy person. I have had a hard time being an out of town patient. I have tried to be compliant. i need answers and I have been very worried.

At this point, I’m ready to walk away from western medicine. My labs are good, yet I have mechanical problems and a complicated medical history.

I’m trying to get help now for this and I feel ridiculous explaining this to those who don’t understand GRDS.

Anyone out there post duodenal switch ever have a paraesophageal hernia? My grds was in 2004.

I’m glad I had it and I’m grateful to my surgeon. I just didn’t know that this would be a complication for me or how it could be more serious than I realized.

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by: Yvonne McCarthy

Have you searched the specific DS sites? There are so many but of course be careful about medical advice but you might find some advice on a plan to find a way to get some decent help. I just did a search and there seems to be quite a bit of information about it. I really hope someone will be able to give you some information that will help you. At the very least you could reach out to some of the veteran DS surgeons and see if you could just ask some questions. Best of luck! Yvonne

Re: Paraesophageal Hernia After Duodenal Switch Gastric Reduction

by: Dr Alberto Aceves

Hello Joy,

If you are having symptoms and medication does not help, the paraesophageal hernia needs to be repaired surgically.

You repair the hiatus prescribe medication for reflux and see if it is taken care of.

If the surgery does not solve the reflux problem it must then be converted to a gastric bypass surgery.

Dr. Alberto Aceves

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my mistake...maybe better than i thought. prognosis wise

by: joy

I found out through further testing I have a moderate sliding hiatal hernia. I misunderstood as I was told there was risk for aspiration. I’m considering how to navigate the process of trying to reach out to local bariatric surgeon, but it is a process and i’m unsure as to how to navigate this. Also, it is because I am already a long term post op patient and didn’t know this could be a long term complication. Well,I do know as a patient it’s important not to over react until you have all the facts and licensed professionals to guide you through it. I just want to make sure my lab values are OK and there are no underlying things to correct or understand before I proceed. This is tough stuff! I thought I was all done, but I guess that is life, isn’t it?

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