I had a lap fundoplication here in the UK 14 days ago.
I'm 47, and I have had severe reflux pain for many years. The many tests I had during that time never seemed to yield anything specific, and I just got used to it, chewing antacids and finally going onto Omeprazole, but to little avail. Last year I finally saw a specialist who recommended this procedure, and I elected to undergo the various tests - endoscope, manometry, barium swallow etc. which all supported the need for surgery.
So, two weeks after the procedure, I am yet to experience any kind of reflux pain! The diet has been difficult, and I admit I perhaps tried to push things a little too early. On a few occasions I have managed to get food stuck, and it's been a pretty rough experience, but I've learnt my lesson. On a couple of those occasions I've managed to vomit, after a fashion, but it's more a sort of regurgative action: simply ejecting the offending matter from my oesophagus. It's not painful, just somewhat alien.
I've managed a couple of burps, only immediately after swallowing liquid. Bloating is still a major issue, and frequently painful. The shoulder pain is pretty bad (but improving I think), and I'm taking quite a few painkillers to combat that. In general my entire digestive system feels like it's had to go back to school!
I'm still feeling very weak and tired, and I've suffered a few events that I can only describe as hypoglycaemia - bouts of weakness combined with severe sweating, normally not long after eating - which don't make sense! I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow to discuss this. Anyone else had this experience?
Anyhow, maybe I'm expecting too much, but I thought I'd be fighting fit by now. I know each one is different, but how long should it be before I feel like taking on the world again? I was planning on going back to work next week, but I'm reluctant to do so if some of these symptoms persist.
Despite the symptoms (and my impatience!) I'm so glad I had a fundoplication. Two weeks without heartburn is nothing short of paradise!
It's all fresh in my mind, so I'd be happy to discuss my experience with anybody thinking about this procedure.
Post Edited (sparkydc) : 4/16/2009 2:44:58 PM (GMT-6)