Topic: Hiatus hernia and the oboe

Does anyone have any experience with managing a hiatus hernia and playing the oboe? Any advice?

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Re: Hiatus hernia and the oboe

I had a very large 4inch hole in  the diaphragm when I was in my sixties.  The opening in the diaphragm allowed the stomach to slide up into the cavity above the diaphragm and became life threatening. It was successfully repaired, laparoscopically , by an operation called Nissen fundiplication,  and after a suitable recovery time of a month or two I have continued playing oboe as a seious and active amateur.  No one was able to offer any ideas of whether the high pressure of oboe playing had any part in its formation. A smaller hole in the diaphragm was noted a few years earlier and obviously enlarged with time.   The first specialist wanted to do a large incision surgery but I was lucky enough to find a second -opinion specialist who could do it laparoscopically.  It has caused no problem since.  Since the symptoms were obscure I was treated for several years for acid reflux before the real cause was established.

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Re: Hiatus hernia and the oboe

Thank you lbarton, your reply was greatly relieving! You seem to have had a much more critical situation from mine and I congratulate on surviving it as an active oboist. The doctors I have consulted are also not at all sure about the whether playing the oboe and the effect on the diaphragm (possibly from bad breathing habits in my case) is related to the hernia or whether it could exacerbate it. On the whole opinion seems to be that diet and hereditary influences may be bigger factors but they aren't able to say definitely.

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