Fundoplication coming soon

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 21
   Posted 2/16/2010 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   

I met with my endocrinologist yesterday.  I have suffered for a year from burping and feeling like I need to vomit which causes me to stop multiple times during vigorous exercise or when bending over lifting weights, or inclined pushups, etc.  He recommends that I meet with the surgeon to discuss fundoplication.  He had proposed this many years earlier, but said I was too young and would have to have the procedure done again.  I forget to ask if it would be laproscopic or open.  Here are my questions for those who have been through it:

1. As an avid exerciser, how long before I may return to vigorous exercise (kickboxing, spinning, calisthencis & plyometrics) and weight lifting?  Are there any intense exercisers out there who have had this??  I would love to hear from you!

2.  Under what circumstances does the surgeon opt to do open surgery instead of laproscopic?

3.  Is it ok to take a plane trip during the end of the recovery period?



I too started with difficulty breathing and an occasional burning sensation in my throat back in my early 20's (now 42).  I have GERD, exercise-induced asthma, allergies (mold, pollen, dust), hiatal hernia.  A couple doctors have told me that they are all linked together.  Once you start with one, one generally develops the rest over time. 

I took Advair for several years and didn't have any difficulty with side effects, but it didn't help my EIA.  I recently took Singulair but that gives me swollen glands and an upper respiratory illness, so I had to stop that.  Currently, there is nothing else for me to try for exercise induced asthma.  I have pretty much taken everything over the years.  I just carry my albuterol and do the best I can when spinning, kickboxing, etc. 

Diseases:  Acne, allergies, asthma, GERD, hiatal hernia, depression, anxiety

Regular Member

Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 114
   Posted 2/16/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
In most cases, they can do this laproscopically. If you have had prior abdominal surgeries, there can sometimes be too much scar tissue and then they will have to do it open. I was concerned that my procedure would be changed from lap to open because of the size of my hernia (very large), but he was able to do it fine lap.
At 4 weeks, I have been cleared for all exercise, including abdominal crunches. I am really not comfortable with the ab crunches yet. You can start walking right away and build up with your doctor's ok. Because you are in good condition, your progress will likely be quick. I expect you will want to take it easy for the 1st week. For me, I was 3 weeks before I was exercising. Not sure how soon you'd be able to fly.
Best of luck to you!


Wrapped 1/18/10

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 2/16/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
hi bikerchic . i had mine done on 23rd dec and now back in gym just over 2 weeks ago . they cleared me at 6 weeks post op swimming and gym work feel fantastic . dont lift heavy weights though . and found it hard doing the hand cycle so stopped that for the minute but otherwise ok . good luck
Nissen 23/12/09

Elite Member

Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 2/16/2010 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not sure about the flying after surgery. You'll have to discuss that with your doc. I could do walking after two weeks.

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, September 25, 2018 6:51 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,006,369 posts in 329,331 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161829 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, mrretired18.
279 Guest(s), 5 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Emjax, sandyfeet, Jay79, SharonZ, Bluecrab