Your Experiences Elsewhere

Would you like to share your hernia-related experiences elsewhere? Were they as good as described by our patients’ blog on this web site or were they nighmares?

If so, please report what happened on this page. We will try to publish as many appropriate reports as possible on this web site.

Use this space to tell us of your own experiences with hernia problems elsewhere – i.e. NOT at the British Hernia Centre. We will NOT publish names, identify you, hospitals or other parties so please be frank.

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82 thoughts on “Your Experiences Elsewhere

  1. CS said:

    I had a strangulated hiatus hernia where the stomach and part of small intestine got stuck behind my heart. The surgeon waited 24 hours before performing a 4 hour emergency laproscopic surgery with repair and gastropexy.

    I have had continuous pain and upper abdominal bloating since the surgery 8 months ago. The surgeon dismisses it as some swelling that will gradually go away, it has not. The surgery caused me to develope A-fib, which I now take meds for, never had any cardiac or stomach problems in my 68 years of life before this suddenly happened.

    Has anybody had this problem before and what to do? Any suggestions appreciated, I look like I’m preggers now.

    • British Hernia Centre said:

      We do not give personal advice on this Blog and what we say here is only a superficial suggestion based upon our understanding of the very limited information you wrote. We stress that NOTHING takes the place of a proper clinical examination of your case. That said, our immediate thoughts are along the following lines.

      • It seems the surgery you had was life-saving as the stomach and the small intestine could have lost its blood supply and strangulated. It does not get much more serious than that. (Strangulation in this area is not dissimilar to [ibid] strangulation of abdominal wall hernias)

      • The a-fib (atrial fibrillation) might be a consequence of the fact that you must have been quite ill during the episode of incarceration of the hernia. It is possible that period of illness could have been what triggered the a-fib. The hernia lying behind the heart is unlikely to have been the cause.

      • The bloating and the pain lasting for 8 months is quite unusual. The bloating may have been a result of ‘air trapping’ if the surgeon has also performed a full fundoplication (a new valve at the junction of the gullet and the stomach). However, you say that the surgeon has performed a Gastropexy (whereby the stomach is attached to the abdominal wall or the diaphragm), and surgeons who perform the latter do not usually also perform a fundoplication. Sometimes people already have a mild form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome which may be worsened by the surgery.

      In order to understand the reasons behind the pain, one needs more information than can be given here. Some questions would be:

      • Where the pain is situated in the abdomen?
      • Is it associated with eating?
      • Is there any heartburn?

      You need to have a proper examination and consultation with a specialist in the field and we do not recommend you make any decisions about management of your condition based upon anything less than that.

      The lesson learned here is that one needs to deal with these conditions before they reach such emergency conditions.’Emergency’ surgery is extremely undesirable and tends to prove more problematic for the patient during and after the procedure and carries more risks generally.

  2. CW said:

    Please help. My dad got admitted to hospital yesterday. He had severe stomach pain. Referred to A and E. Diagnosed with strangulated hernia. They won’t operate as it is complicated with a pacemaker and a defibrillator being fitted

    Now twenty four hours later. The prognosis is his physical orbs have got worse principally his sats and reaps are not good. Any ideas please. We are desperate. We don’t mind paying to give him any chance.

    • British Hernia Centre said:

      This is a most unsatisfactory situation and we are very sorry to see what you write. At this point we would not recommend moving him elsewhere as the first priority is to have him stable and hopefully to manually manipulate the hernia to ‘reduce’ it (push it back inside). The next step would be for him to be fit enough for the surgery to fix it properly.

      We cannot overstate the importance of our advice on these pages to avoid at all costs getting to this stage. ALL hernias are serious and this risk is just not worth taking. See the page on Strangulated Hernia.

      We do hope the hospital caring for your dad manage to treat him successfully. In the event that they manage to manipulate the hernia back without surgery and he is discharged from the hospital, he might consider the benefits of seeing a specialist hernia centre as soon as possible who would be happy to see him with a view to ensuring it does not happen again. We would be happy to take a look at him should he so wish.

      We wish him well

  3. PR said:

    Hi, I was recently in hospital for six weeks with eschaemic colitis, apparently out of the blue my bowel was blocked by a blood clot. I lost a lot of blood and had several pints of blood transfusions. Prior to this I had been suffering for months with sciatica and when I came out of hospital after several months of pain in the groin and down the leg I had a hip scan which showed up a small inguinal hernia. My doctor has completely dismissed this as being the reason for my groin pain (which is getting worse and hinders my walking) and he has now referred me for a spine scan as he thinks the pain is disc related. I am now having to wait another 3 months for this and meantime I am convinced my hernia is getting worse. My question is how do I get to see a hernia specialist if my doctor is dismissing it and won’t make a referral?

    • The BHC said:

      We cannot, of course, comment on the findings of the doctors who have had the benefit of examining a patient, but to answer the actual question here, in the UK one is always at liberty to consult whoever one wishes. If one seeks such a consultation on the account of the NHS, as indeed is the case with private health insurance as well, one needs to accept that the NHS or insurer will only choose to pay for care that they consider appropriate. It appears that in this instance they do not judge that to be the case. Unless one can convince one’s doctors that his or her hernia is in need of attention then the only way of obtaining a consultation with a hernia specialist is to see one and cover the cost one’s self.

      In any event, the NHS do not actually treat hernia as a specialised area, instead it falls under the umbrella of general surgery, normally not even performed by surgeons of consultant status, let alone specialists in hernia.

      We are deeply sorry to read of this patient’s complex problems but if the hernia is in need of repair, then taking all other factors fully into account, it should be attended to as soon as possible and as well as possible.

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