Waiting for a surgery date for Lap Nissen

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   Posted 7/13/2009 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all. I have been reading some of the other members threads regarding this surgery. Some have been verry helpfull and hopefull but mostly people write about their negative experiences, on the internet, and that scares me.
I have dealt with silent GERD for about 11 years now. My major symptom was heat palpitations and a cough/lump in my throat. The palps. would come and go, for months at a time, and now that I look back I would allways end up in the emergency room suffering from palps. after a huge meal. Its scary to feel your heard beat irraticly and not know why...?
I was diagnosed with having a sliding hiatal hernia along with erosive esophogitis in January of this year, 2009. The sores in my esophogus were healed as of the last scope that was done in April by taking Prilosec 2x a day.
After the monometry test in May, it was decided that I needed the surgery by my GI Dr. I have normal pressure in my upper esophogus but the hernia is the problem, bleeding out the stomach contents in to my esophogus. I cant have any pressure over the center of my chest or sleep even slighlty lower than sitting up. Eating now has become a chore too. The worst part is not being able to hold my 8 month old son rite now cry
The diagnosis has been bitter sweet for me because before they diagnosed me with the HH/EE, the doctors thought that the pain/palps. were heart related. I was even mis diagnosed with having Mitro Valve Prolapse and low blood pressure through one of my major vessils . shakehead   What a scare that was. I have had at least $50k in heart tests done since I started with "chest pain" and palpitations, about 11 years ago. Finally found a gret group of Dr.s and my heart is 100% not the issue.
The palpitations come and go with the acid reflux confused   When I swallow and it feels like glass slowly working its way down my esophogus I usually get the palpitations. I find it hard to accept that a PPI pill can make the palps. go away but thats how it works for me. Prior to this discovery I was given heart medication including BETA blockers to treat the palps, though I have a seemingly healthy heart, which did nothing for me.
The General Surgeon that I was referred to has referred me to a Surgeon at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles. I have been told be a few DR.s that they are the best at teh Nissen procedure. I live in a suburb to the east of the city. I have a meeting with him on the 30th of this month. I have been given the request for surgery as treatment by my GI DR. and I'm now only waiting for the surgery date. Being on disability sucks. mad
I'm scared. I'm scared because I have been suffering so long from this that it has caused me depression, panic attacks, and my blood pressure spikes at times too, and I just want to get back to enjoying my life and kids. Not dealing with the horror stories read about on the internet. Having found those stories though has given me a list of questions to ask the surgeon. I will make sure that he is aware of how tight he needs to make the wrap. I dont even know if I need the wrap considering that the GERD is caused by the HH. confused   My brother also had a HH and he didnt get the wrap. They just pulled his stomach back down in to place. Its been over 6 months for him and he claims a bit of discomfort with feeling bloated but thats it.
I'm trying to keep positive though. I understand that the internet is a place for people to complain and most of the people that have had success with the surgery probably dont take the time to tell their success stories....at least thats what I'm telling my self tongue
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Rafael Lopez

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   Posted 7/13/2009 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Raphael,
I had the Lap Nissen surgery on February 27th due to uncontrolled asthma that my doctors felt was caused by reflux. It took me a long time to get the courage to go forward with it, and I'm hoping that it will last. I had a lot of severe coughing for the first two months post op, so I'm not so sure I didn't do some damage to the hernia repair,which is key to the wrap. So far so good, but it is worrying. My asthma has responded really well, and my lungs are great. Hopefully things will stay that way!
I've copied and pasted the URLs for my posts. I think they'll answer a lot of your questions.
Good luck! There are a lot of people on this forum who can answer your questions. Be sure to start new threads when you want answers to questions, so people will see them.


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Nissen Surgery Failures…my thoughts

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   Posted 7/13/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Denise.

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   Posted 7/13/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, I finally got around to searching for information on my Surgeon. It turns he is a world renound Laprocospic Surgeon and has numerous awards and recognitions from around the world. Boy, do I feel better about the surgery now!

His page says 2 days stay in the hospital and back to work in a week! I'm an Electrician so I doubt I'll be back on the job with my 40lb tool belt around my weist in 1 week.

Here is his web page for those in the Los Angeles area. His credentials are very impressive and he's been a Lap. surgeon for a long time. Click on "More Laproscopic photos" to read about the Lap. Nissen Fundoplication surgery.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi raphael,
welcome to our world. the main thing is you getting cured.you ust have a skilled surgeon for this procedure or else u shall have problems. see if your surgeon performed over 100 or more .now they use whats called a bougie so the wrap isnt tight.this seems to be all the negativity in this operation.good luck and we r here for u

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   Posted 7/14/2009 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Rafael

Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn  Forum.  I am so sorry I was not here last evening to greet you.

I certainly understand your anxiety and fear re your dx and upcoming surgery.  You have had a long haul just getting the right dx.  Wow, so many heart tests.  I am glad you finally have a working dx now so keep on moving forward.  Try not to let all that has happened in the past scare you. Look forward to having the surgery and dealing with the recovery.

You are right, much of what you read online is the negative outcome that people have to surgeries of any kind.   The ones who zip right through the surgery do not always take the time to post their successes.

You will find the members here to be upbeat and positive and most of all we will be here to cheer you through your preop, periop and postop times.

Again a warm welcome to you.



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   Posted 7/14/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Bea, and Kitt. This forum is a breath of fresh air compared to what is experienced, for the most part, on the net.

I slept well last nite for the first time in a long while. Partly due to the fact that I found my Dr.s bio and it seems that he is very experienced. I also took a Vicotin. I do feel loopie this morning but I expected that.

Thank you all once again for the worm welcome.

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   Posted 7/14/2009 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon said that USC has some of the best doctors for this surgery. With their knowledge and the amount of these they do I think you are in great hands and shouldn't have any problems. If you read any of my posts from the hospital remember mine was an unusual case they were trying to correct and all of my post op complications were from the first being done wrong. I actually was discharged after 2 days, but had to return the next day. Anyhow, good luck and try not to worry so much. ; )

Take care,

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   Posted 7/14/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rafael
Looks like we might be going through this surgery at the same time. I am just waiting on appointments and weight loss. My surgeon said he would tentatively schedule the surgery for sometime in august. I wil be seeing him again in about 2 weeks. I will have to lose another pounds by then. If i do he will put me on a liquid diet for 2 weeks so i lose the other pounds. We can help each other throught eh recovery

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   Posted 7/14/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill, thank you for the info. I was referred by my G.I doctor to a surgeon near me that I didnt feel comfortable with as he had little Lap. experience and was affiliated with a "death hospital". My General Doctor, who I have gained great trust and respect for, referred me to the top general surgeon in my area. I gained trust in him too because he is a very smart person. He then reffered me to Dr. Katkhouda who he spoke highly of, but at the time I didnt know he was so experienced. By what I have read now in the past 2 days I know I will be in good hands with him and the USC Medical Center.

Mary, I will have you in my prairs and we can defenitly help each other out through this.

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   Posted 7/15/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey Raphael & Mary,

 we will be here for you guys. I had a successful Nissan "so far". If u go read my thread you will see what I went thru. Now we all know every 1 is different however u will gain knowledge of post op. I hope all is well


Hi Kitt, bill denise, teala ,Janice & every 1 else


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