Yes, you are correct. For many months, I did not experience any symptom improvement in my LPR. The one thing that did go away almost immediately after my Esophyx procedure, was the burning in my chest. However, that symptom had always been relieved with Nexium, whereas the LPR was never relieved with Nexium. Therefore, LPR symptoms were more distressing to me. What finally helped me was praacticing stress reduction techniques. I know that this is going to sound crazy, but I read advice on another GERD forum where someone was recommending meditation as a tool for reducing Gerd symptoms. I have never in my life practiced any meditation , but I do have a lot of stress in my life. So, I thought I would give it a try. I was skeptical but figured I had nothing to lose.
Then I recalled that several weeks prior to my esophyx procedure, my husband and I vacationed in Florida. I had absolutely no GERD symptoms while on vacation, despite drinking coffee every day and eating chocolate. My esophyx surgeon told me that prior to the esophyx procedure, my LES valve was flat. So I cant explain why I felt so good on vacation, other than stress being a major contributor to my symptoms. Currently, when my increase, I meditate for awhile and I feel better by the next day.
I have no idea how long the esophyx procedure will be effective for me, or even if a re-do is possible. I have read great things about Dr. Aye and the Hill Repair, but I live in NJ, and having surgery on the West Coast is not an option for me at my age (67). I am so sorry that I cannot be of more help. I wish you all the best with your decision. Do you know if they can perform Esophyx on patients who have had the Nissen?