What is up with the large amount of Nissen surgery failures??? Part 3 of 3

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stkitt
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   Posted 6/17/2009 10:19 PM (GMT 0)   
What is up with the large amount of Nissen surgery failures??? Part 3 of 3 
 
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   Posted 6/17/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Posted on 6/13 by Dencha @ 9:13 AM
 
Hi Marie,
I'm a bit of a different case. After surgery I was on antibiotics, and later prednosone for a lung infection, then the flu. I have an EXTREMELY reactive stomach, so my family doc kept me on Protonix to calm the acid as my wrap healed.

I have continued the Protonix for that reason, and now am in the process of tapering that. My GI doc suggested taking one every other day for about a month, then quitting. So far so good. (I'm not taking them for reflux--as Bill said--just to ensure that my stomach isn't challenged with acid as it heals.)

My GI doc thinks I have a reactive stomach, rather than chronic gastritis. He doesn't think that I'll have trouble after I quit the Protonix. If I do, he said he'd revise his diagnosis and lean towards gastritis as the cause. Hopefully it won't cause problems, because I'd love to be off PPI's altogether.

I presume I may go on Protonix occasionally, when I'm taking meds that are more challenging to the stomach (antibiotics, prednosone, etc.).

I am so glad I had the surgery...what a difference it has made in the health of my lungs. The bonus--GERD free as well! When I go visiting, I don't have to bring my wedge and pillow pile to raise my head up to nearly sitting. I can actually sleep laying down! When I eat a big meal, I don't start coughing and wheezing.
Wish I had done it sooner.
Just be sure you choose your surgeon very carefully. It's the most important thing you can do!
Take care,
Denise

stkitt
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   Posted 6/17/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Posted  by mariex800 on 6/16 @ 2:51 PM

Hi Everyone -

Thank Denise, Bea and Bill -
I am still waiting for my insurance to go thru.

Denise, so in this case - it is very important to find a very qualify doctor to do this type of surgery to minimize the side affect down the road. Denise, do you know what is the number that the surgeon need to do in order to determine a good nissan surgeon?

Denise, Bea and Bill -
Sound like you guy are doing very well; Am so glad and happy .
I am trying to join you guy - Hopefully someday - soon *Smile*

Thank all so much *Big Smile*


dencha
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   Posted 6/17/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marie,
(and thanks, Kitt, for starting a new thread...they get pretty buried!)

Yes, I believe the most important thing you can do is choose your surgeon wisely. I don't know just how many surgeries they should have under their belts--I heard once at least 100. Mine had done over 300.

I trusted my GI doctor to recommend a good surgeon, and was impressed with his beside manner and answers to my questions. I also checked him out with other medical professionals I knew.

There are lots of people posting online who had their surgeries botched by poorly trained surgeons, who should never have been doing the surgery. Once it is done wrong, it's much harder to fix it. (Witness Bill's 3 week hospital stay and holes in stomach because of a surgeon who didn't do the wrap properly.)

My surgery was done in a teaching hospital, so I stipulated to my surgeon that I wanted HIM to do the surgery--not his resident. The resident asssisted, but the surgeon did the actual wrap. He did a great job, and I'm very pleased with my result.
Good luck, Marie!
I'll be happy to answer any additional questions you might have!
Denise

beareilly
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   Posted 6/17/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL @ Marie wanting to join us one day
 its like Jim Jones  juice?everyone is drinking the juice .Are we the wrapped cult club? LOL Its funny now, everyone is getting this.I cudnt find any1 who even heard of this until I came to the forum and met you guys THANX. Then I had the opportunity to meet a patient of my surgeon who had it prior to me.I hope all is well with all
B

dencha
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   Posted 6/17/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, Bea--your club is getting pretty popular! I guess we're some satisfied members! Hopefully those people surfing the web looking for answers will join us and ask for support!
Take care and have a good night.
Dress rehearsal tomorrow...wish Captain Andy luck!
LOL...talk to you soon.
Denise

Janice...always thinking of you! Good luck! turn

oldpoopie
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   Posted 7/9/2009 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Well. Add me to the list. I am 1.5 years out from surgery. My symptoms now are worse than before surgery. Sore throat almost all the time. I take 1200 mg zantac a day, plust now I'm trying kapidex every other day. Its not helping. My PH study says that my level of reflux is still considered severe, but upon inspection the doc says that the wrap is "intact".... I'm very frustrated.

A question I have is, once you have a nissen, if it fails, can you opt for one of the other surgerys or are you now committed to getting a nissen again?

oldpoopie
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   Posted 7/9/2009 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Forgot to mention, I think the wrap isnt working because my surgeon, during the 1st post-op endo, heard me say, "I've not burped since surgery" , and stretched me.......  Problem is it wasnt a complaint.... just an observation.

dencha
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   Posted 7/9/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Oldpoopie (you've got to give me another name!),
Sorry you're having problems again. It has got to be incredibly frustrating and disturbing to have had the surgery, and be back to reflux. I think you're right...that your surgeon stretched your wrap and now you're back too having problems. Too bad he didn't leave well enough alone. It is such a difficult situation for you, and I hope you will be able to find some answers to your questions.

I can't answer your question regarding procedure options, but my gut tells me that it's most likely that you'll need a Nissen redo. Hopefully you'll get some other responses soon, and you'll get the answers you need. I just wanted to say hi and wish you lots of luck and healing.

It might be a good idea to post a new thread, so it'll be easier to see your question.
Best of luck, and be sure to continue posting on the forum. You'll get lots of support her!
Take care,
Denise
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