Surgery for Pancreatitis, Massive Hernia Guide Daniel To A Healthy Lifestyle

Author: University of Iowa Health Care

I was at work I had a just severe stomach ache and i knew i had to get feeling better because we had tickets to the big 10 title game in indianapolis so wanted to get feeling better so I left work a little bit early went home you know tried to rest. So finally at about eight o'clock he said - "I think we need to go to the hospital something's really wrong." my body just wasn't responding I was getting sick, couldn't hold any liquids down. I remember going in there I couldn't even sit up - there's so much pain. They took me back into a room they did some blood work and ~ (Sara Speaking) The doctor comes in and is like... You have pancreatitis ~ Nothing seemed normal to me and it started messing with my head I know I tried to escape a couple times I tried running away the doctor came in the next day he told me I was wouldn't be able to make it to the football game they gave me some a popsicle and a sprite and then I woke up and it's like January.

I guess the decision was made that I get transferred down to the University of Iowa where there's more of a specialty they have more capabilities to care for somebody that was in my situation. (Sara) ~ You think just the pancreas is going to be inflamed - well it's not. The pancreas is so close to your liver and your stomach and all sorts of other organs that it will inflame everything around it (Luis Garcia, MD) ~ His particular pancreatitis was called necrotizing pancreatitis which can carry a very high mortality rate. As a result of that we needed to perform emergency surgery He was fortunately able to recover and then he presented to clinic for us to repair his incisional hernia which measured about 25 centimeters by 40 centimeters in dimension which is a very large incisional hernia I think one of the things that sets us apart is that we have many fellowship trained specialists not only that can care for general surgery patients but also for these patients with complex abdominal wall hernias. When I had the hernia I couldn't do any other activities so I walked.

I walked a lot i walked at least five miles everyday for... 94 days. And the first day that i missed getting my five miles in was the day I had surgery.

You know a lot of cash time and hanging out with my dogs for the first week or so but after that everything you started just falling back into place. To stay active I bike a lot. I try and bike at least 20 miles a day. In September I did 400 miles. So I like to ride on the trails. It's a good stress reliever. I was deathly ill and now I get up and I do whatever I set my mind to.

Surgery for Pancreatitis, Massive Hernia Guide Daniel To A Healthy Lifestyle

When I think of University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics the first thing that comes to mind is "miracle". I mean for me that's that's what happened we live in a area that we're so fortunate to have this hospital here... There's nowhere else that I think that you're going to get the same success that you do here.

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