I've had 4 major surgeries, 2 bladder/kidney, 2 hiatal hernia
, my last one being the hiatal hernia
repair in Feb 2008. They had to cut me open really wide, through my old scar, and extend it much more (looks like a pie graph), plus 6 port holes when they attempted to do it laparoscopically. I was fine, had a good recovery, until I started to have bowel obstructions. I've had 4 since last Feb. sending me to emerg. those and other times as well. I've developed chronic pain in Nov.