I will be having the Lap Nissen procudure one week from today (10/13/08). I've been a board "junkie" of sorts the last 2 weeks. I must say that this board has been a great resource for me in learning what to expect in the coming weeks. I've read parts 1-5 of the post Nissen thread, and I must say that I'm certainly nervous about having this done. Although some have had terrific results from this procedure, I'm fully aware of some potential complications. I've struggled with GERD for several years now (30 year old male). I was going to have the Nissen done a number of years ago, but couldn't due to having gastroperesis. I've been free of gastroparesis for about 2 years now, and I finally have the courage to get this done. I recently had another scope that showed esophageal damage and a large (6cm) hiatal hernia. Met with the surgeon on 10/2 and scheduled the surgery...which leads me to a couple of questioins...
1) I have never had the manometry (sp) test that I've read so much about. Has anyone else ever had this surgery without having this test done first? My surgeon didn't seem concerned about it (and yes, he has done hundreds of them).
2) My surgeon said I would be able to swallow pills as soon as the day after surgery. I read in a couple other places where people were given liquid meds instead and were told specifically not to swallow pills. I spefically asked a question about this b/c the surgeon says I will continue to take nexium until 30 days after the surgery. Again, he assured me everything would be ok...I sure hope so.