Floppy wrap vs. traditional nissen

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   Posted 3/11/2008 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
My doctor has suggested that I have the lap surgery because I have severe acid reflux. Medications are beginning not to work for me.
The surgeon wants to use the floppy wrap. Do any of you that have had the surgery, know anything about this type of wrap vs. the traditional nissen.  I do not have a hiatal hernia to repair. 
Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Very scared to do this but I see no choice. 
Thanks, Sillylilly

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   Posted 3/14/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Sillylilly - no one responded, so I thought I'd jump in because you sound worried. I'm pretty sure that the floppy wrap is similar to the traditional nissen but just not as tight - at least that's what my research found. The procedure is the same, it's the tightness of the wrap that is different. Please ask your doctor to explain exactly what the difference is, but I don't think it's a big enough difference to cause you worry. I'm sure that the information you read from those having the traditional nissen will tell you what to expect from a floppy wrap. Please don't be afraid of the surgery - life post surgery can be grand.

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   Posted 3/14/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Happilywrapped, for responding.  I have read some of your posts and you give alot of encouragement for having the surgery...that helps alot....but I'm having alot of anxiousness about it and the recovery time sounds horrible. 

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   Posted 3/15/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Being nervous before any procedure is normal - I was extremely nervous and scared before the surgery.

You've read posts from Allycarr00, Porcelain Doll, Doghouse and others so you've read our trials and triumphs. Each of us was nervous going in, each of us had different in-hospital experiences and each of us had different recoveries at home. You'll notice that all of us were glad we had the surgery.

As to the recovery time being horrible; think about how horrible it would be if you did nothing, the medication became totally ineffective, and you ended up with Barrett's. That's what I'd consider horrible, not a few weeks of discomfort after the surgery.

Get excited about what life will be like without reflux. Looking forward helped me through the recovery.

Bo Peep
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   Posted 3/17/2008 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sillylilly. I am scheduled for the floppy Nissen too. My surgeon said that this is the one he always performs nowadays as it means that I should be able to burp and vomit. (no vomiting allowed immediately following the op though!). In fact, all the surgeons I have spoken to use this method now. Also, if it is tight I would have more difficulty swallowing after the op (and with my decreased motility that would suck!).

I should get a date later today for my surgery!

I will be needing all you guys to hold my hand during the recovery period! :-)


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   Posted 3/22/2008 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your Surgery.
Has anyone have Gastroparesis, where its a slow empting if the stomach?  This worsens acid relux, fortunatley right now meds seem to be working for me. But the Gastroparesis had me vomitng for 6 months, just now feeling somewhat better. I was just curious if any one else had this, I started a thread on it, and no one responded, am I to assume no one here has this??? if anyone does please respond, and share what you do about it....thank you...... smurf .......
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