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Surgery

Nearly 10 months ago I had a hiatal hernia repaired. Stil some discomfort and every new food itme is a new adventure. My question, would that have anything to do with chrinic cough, flem (phlegm) and breathing difficulty this long post surgery?
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The symptoms you describe, persistent after 10 months and I assume with the onset of symptoms after surgery, are most unusual.  It sounds like you are having: 1) a problem with swallowing that could lead to aspiration (of food or liquid into your windpipe) or, 2) acid reflux leading to the same result.  This is all especially relevant if you had none of these respiratory symptoms prior to surgery.  I recommend that you first consult with a Gastroenterologist ( GI specialist) who can best determine what tests would provide the best information about  your swallowing.  If that is deemed to not be a problem, you should then see an ENT specialist or an Internist to evaluate your respiratory tract as possibly the primary source of what you are experiencing.

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