Hiatus Hernia after Lap Band surgery
Wondering if anyone has experienced having a hiatus hernia after they have had the lap band surgery? I have had the lap band for 5 years and just discovered that I have a hiatus hernia. It has been really bothering me; sever heartburn, chest pain and nausea. Anyone else experience this and what are you doing for it?
on 2/13/11 5:12 pm - Des Moines, IA
I think Jean M. has a hiatal hernia that wasn't repaired with her banding. Maybe she could let you know if she's taking anything for reflux IF she has it, I don't know.
Have you talked with your band surgeon?
I live very far from my band surgeon (26 hours) and it is quite expensive to go see him, but he has been great at corresponding with me. With my back problems I was very sick, bed ridden for more then a month and vomitting daily. I went down to 101 lbs! My ideal weight is around 150 so you can imagine how thin I was. I have had my band unfilled for over a year now and have gained back too much weight; I am now at 160-165. I exercise, etc but can't seem to lose the weight.
Best of all the stomach pain, chest pain, heart burn, etc. I had a barium swallow done and discovered that I have a large hiatus hernia. My band doctor says that my band is fine and I can now get a fill. My problem is that I am too scared to get a fill becuase I have such bad chest pain and heartburn after eating a meal or some solid foods. I am assuming this is because of the hernia as my band is fine? My band doctor doesn't seem to be concerned with the hernia, but my general doctor is. She wants me to see another doctor about having the hernia repair, but I was just wondering if anyone has have a hernia repaired after they had the band?
Sorry the post is so long!
on 2/13/11 7:13 pm - Des Moines, IA
Don't be sorry about your long post. Hope someone can help you.
I had it repaired in 2008 and, at the same time, had my old 2003-era, 4mm band replaced with a new 100cc one. Other than trying to lose the weight that came back on from my eating when my band was empty pre- and post-surgery, I'm doing fine.
on 2/13/11 7:27 pm - Des Moines, IA
on 11/9/11 8:52 pm
I just found out today that I have a hiatal hernia. I also had the lap band surgery done 5 yrs ago.
I experienced the same symptoms as you do.
My doc. is recommending tests and probably medication. I am trying to avoid surgery but if meds. don't work I will have to have surgery.
on 11/9/11 11:24 pm
on 2/22/14 3:09 pm
I had lapband 7 years ago. First 5 years great. Year 6 nausea, throwing up. Saw the doctor and he told me I was eating too fast. Never even examined me. Suffered last 2 years, constant throwing up. Unable to lean over without throwing up. Had to sleep sitting up. Finally went to Gastroenterologist and was diagnosed with hernia and very severe GERD. Saw lap Band doctor, a new one as I wouldn't go back to other doctor. He told me I was overfilled 6cc. He immediately removed the saline this past week and I have been great ever since. I don't have to get the hernia operated on as long as I can keep the GERD under control which I can now easily do thanks to this new Lap Band doc. I curse the doctor who did my original lap band as he 'blew me off' instead of investigating. I am irritated with myself for not being more aggressive in finding out why my health was deteriorating so severely. Had chest pain and cardiologist thought it was angina. He eventually diagnosed me as having GERD. Never knew over filled lap band (Realize band) could impact life so severely. At present time, due to lots of damage to stomach and esophagus, will do nothing until healed.
I asked my new surgeon if I should have the hernia repaired to prevent a future slip, and she said no, not unless I start having major problems. If you're having severe heartburn, chest pain and nausea for a long time period, that sounds like a major problem to me. If it were me, I'd go ahead with the hernia repair.
Jean McMillan c.2009-2013 - Always a bandster at heart
author of Bandwagon (TM), Strategies for Success with the Adjustable Gastric Band & Bandwagon Cookery. Bandwagon for Kindle now available on Amazon. Read my blog at: jean-onthebandwagon.blogspot.com