Well, I thought it was rough, because they do cut away the spleen to use the stomach for the wrap, they move the liver out of the way, they stitch up the diaphragm (if you have a hernia), they stitch the wrap where the stitches go into the base of the esophagus and you are inflated with Co2 during the surgery, which causes pain from that being in you for up to a week or so (they let it out after surgery, but some still stays in till it goes away)..
Also, afterward, it's hard because you get nausea quite a bit, and my surgeon said if I throw up in the first few weeks, before enough scar tissue develops, it may damage the wrap.
Also the scar tissue that builds up inside you tends to cause you pain in random areas... (I'm not trying to scare you off, just letting you know a possibility as every BODY is different to the surgery and healing)
I would find a good surgeon, as I did, he was very experienced, but still you can never tell 100% how it will turn out for you, and how the results/complications will affect you..
I had gerd for about
3½ years that was getting more severe by the day... I couldn't even sleep in my recliner as I would awake to acid choking me off.. Rolaids, Pepcid, Prevacid, Milk, etc didn't even touch the problems that I was having..
I'm a male...
I took Reglan 3-4 times a day, Prevacid 20mg twice a day, 2 pepcid AC nightly before bed, and ate rolaids like candy... I could tell a difference when I didn't take my meds, but other than that, they didn't do much good for me..
If I could do it all over again? Well probably not, that may have to do with the blood clots, collapsed lung, 8 days in ICU, but even without that I would probably spend months thinking about
If the meds work for you, I would avoid this surgery unless it gets so bad, that even with meds you get no relief.. You may want to check into the Stretta procedure, where they basically use stimulus by endoscopy to tighten your LES valve, I heard great things about
it, and in your case with meds working, that may help you get off meds, or atleast take much less often.. talk to your doctor about
it and see what they think..
Good luck, and if I hope my information was of some help..
PS.. oh and what HappilyWrapped said about
insurance, that is something to consider, I was dropped from coverage of my Prevacid 1 month prior to surgery and it would cost me $200 out of pocket..
Post Edited (jbrdbr111) : 1/26/2008 8:48:22 PM (GMT-7)