I had a hiatal hernia repair during my VSG, 2 weeks ago. Lots of issues in recovery because of it.
*pain, sometimes severe, at site of hernia repair
*i can't bend over without pain that stays with me for hours
*i couldn't walk to the kitchen without a walker or bending over in pain, for 10 days
*for 3 months after surgery, there are serious restrictions on types of food (that's no problem because of the VSG recovery), and on activity. So I won't be able to exercise until after Xmas.
On the other hand, and this is a BIG One... Before the hernia surgery, my stomach had intruded past my esophagus and was pressing against my lungs (I didn't know that), and I couldn't catch a breath, was on oxygen all the time, 24/7.
So am I glad I had the hernia surgery? I am convinced it saved my life, and I am grateful.