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FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/2/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.
 
I post on Crohns usually but in addition to that ball of fun I have acid reflux.  I have been on PPI's since age 13.  I did prilosec 1/day then 2/day then prevacid then nexium 2/day and now nexium 1/day.  Nexium is not working anymore and I am getting pains under my left breast.  My doctor is going to have me try protonix in the morning with zantac 150 at night.  If that doesn't work he wants to talk surgery as I will have exhausted all my options.  My diet in his book is perfect and I have done all the non-medicinal things I can to help.  He was talking about a procedure that twists the stomach so it can't reflux.  I am curious from those of you who have tried surgery, was it succesful? Are there any that wish they had not had surgery? Is it true you can not vomit ever after? What if you have the flu or food poisoning? Is it safe for someone with crohns?
 
Thanks!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


HappilyWrapped
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 4/2/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the Nissen in October 2007. They wrap the fundus (top portion) of your stomach around the esophagus and sew it. The best description I have ever seen for this procedure is at this website

http://www.markfuscomd.com/lap_nissen.htm

I am not posting it as an advertisement for Dr. Fusco, I am posting it because it has a great pictorial view of the procedure that is not bloody. It is extremely informative. If you read the other posts on this board, especially the ones entitled Post Nissen Fundoplication Hiatal Hernia you will find a ton of information.

I'm sure that other regulars posting on this site are sick of hearing me state this, but I chose the name HappilyWrapped for a reason. It was the best decision I ever made.

As to not vomiting, that is not a definite. Some people can, some cannot. Some people can burp, others cannot. It all depends on how tight your surgeon makes the wrap. In the old days, burping and vomiting was definitely not going to happen. The procedure has changed a bit and the wraps aren't done as tight as they used to be. I have been able to burp since the day after surgery with no problem. I have not had a reason to vomit, however, after a recent endoscopy the doctor said he saw no physical reason why I would not be able to. You wouldn't want to vomit soon after surgery because you wouldn't want to damage the wrap, but a few months later it should be healed and vomiting would be OK.

If you had food poisoning and could not vomit, you would go to the ER and have your stomach pumped. If you had the flu you would just feel lousy.

There is no guarantee that the surgery will work - it's not 100% for everybody. Of course, no procedure carries any guarantees because every human being's insides are similar yet different. However, you will find enough information in this area to read about good and not perfect outcomes. Pour a cup of tea, settle back, and do a lot of reading through the old posts. You will be able to have a very good conversation with your doctor after you are done reading.

FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/2/2008 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you very much and you reminded me to ask another question!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 4/2/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   

That was very informative and interesting.  I am glad your procedure worked for you Happy and you certainly helped out FitzyK23.

Appreciate your support.
Kitt


 
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It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.~Mahatma Gandhi~
 

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