I know you are saying 'what a heck of a name'. But, yes, that is the kind of surgery I had to have last Friday, which was Friday, the 13th, of all days. A Para esophageal hernia is when part of the stomach bulges over into the diaphragm and pushed on the lungs and heart. It's nothing to mess around with, or at least that is what I was told when it was discovered on August 16 when I had to make a trip to the ER at our local hospital. It was discovered with a quick CT scan. The next day I was sent home but then I saw several different doctors who all said that surgery was the only way to take care of it. So a month later I had the surgery. They were able to do it laparoscopicly with 5 small incisions that make me look as if I have been stabbed. If their had been problems the doctor would have made a large 6 inch incision and I would have been in the hospital for a week. With the small ones I got to come home late the day after the surgery. The worst part is that for now I am on a liquid diet and it is getting old very fast. I can have lots of ice cream, jello, yogurt, broth, tea, coffee, sherbet, and popsicles. I look forward to some cream soups next week.
Why did this happen to me? Well, partly it is hereditary. My sister had the same problem. But the doctor said the rest was just bad luck. I think I might have had it for some time, as I have had stomach problems for years. Like Reflux, indigestion, heartburn and such. But all the doctors I mentioned it to just said to take over the counter stuff for it. I recommend that if you are having constant problems like this ask a doctor to do a little more testing; at least to rule out a stomach hernia.