Hill Vs Nissen -> Did it stop your soar throat?
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Posted 3/9/2008 7:43 PM (GMT -7)
I am exhausted fed up and have worsening Reflux symptoms. At 36 yrs old I hate to keep taking this Nexuim. I was diagnosed at 29.
-> My biggest frustration is a soar throat every morning. I do get bad heartburn 2 or 3 times a week (used to be 2 or 3 times a month) My bed is raised up 5 to 6 inches but does not stop my soar throat. My Sphincter pressure is 4.4mmHg, which I think is 55% to 65% of normal. The doc (edg specialist not surgeon) says there is no guarantee of stopping the soar throat at night if I get the Nissen. I have spent a lot of time looking at that and the Hill procedure. Tough call.
=> HAS ANYONE HAD EITHER OF THESE SURGERIES AND HAD THEIR SOAR THROAT STOP WHILE SLEEPING ON A FLAT or NON ELEVATED BED?
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Desperate in Seattle.
Posted 3/15/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -7)
I'm 46 and suffered with reflux for more than 10 years. I had the Nissen in October 2007. Before the surgery, I woke up every morning with a sore throat. I was sleeping on a wedge and still experienced the sore throat. I also woke up quite often during the night choking on refluxed liquid. During the day if reflux happened, I'd have a sore throat that no amount of cold water would help.
Since the Nissen, I no longer wake up choking and I no longer have a sore throat in the morning. I sleep flat and use one feather pillow under my head. I have no knowledge of the Hill procedure. However, maybe your esophageal problem would respond better to the Hill than Nissen - after all, each person is different inside. We may all have the same diagnosis and symptoms, but the fix may not be the same. That's a call for a doctor to make. In my case, the Nissen totally stopped the reflux which means it stopped the sore throat - hence, a Nissen will stop a sore throat caused by reflux.
I don't know what type of doctor an edg specialist is. If that is not gastroenterologist, then get an opinion from one of those and also get an opinion from a surgeon.
Posted 3/16/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)
I cant thank you enough for your response. It gives me some hope and clarity. I am at my breaking point so I will most likely go ahead with the surgery. Not sure if I will do Hill or Nissen.
Posted 3/16/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -7)
I chose "HappilyWrapped" as a name for a reason. The full Nissen wrap was the best thing I have ever done for myself. If it turns out not to be permanent, then I will enjoy every second I spend without reflux. Go for the Nissen if you can...you will find that it is sooooooooooooooooooo worth it.
If you'd like more info on the Nissen from those that have "been there, done that", then look for postings entitled Part 3 of POST OP LAP NISSEN...Please continue to post!!! and Part 2 and the original Part 1 starts in October 2007. You'll find really good info on people's pre surgery symptoms, surgical experience, and post op recovery. It will give you enough material so that you can have a good conversation with your surgeon and gastro doctor.
Best of luck to you.