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   Posted 3/10/2010 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
i had a lap nissen done last april and now i have dumping syndrome and ibs and eosinophillic gaterntritious disease. this is just crazy that i woke up from the surgery and have these thing and no one told me that these were any kind of risk. i know that the vagus nerve could have been cut but how do i find out if thats what it is. i also want to know if there is anyway to fix this. if anyone has any answers i would really like to know. thanks so much alli

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   Posted 7/29/2010 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello I also had a nissen and I have seen specialists in the UK the US and other countries with the problem of dry heaving or retching where nothing comes up. I also collapsed and this turned out to be that my Vagus nerve was either damaged or cut during my Nissen and because the food went through my stomach to fast causing me to collapse. Finally a consultant here in London sent me for a test which involves eating radioactive potatoes which showed that the food was passing through my stomach in 11 minutes which is half the time it should take.
Because the food is not digested properly the large intestines called for more fluid to help to digest which caused the collapse. He prescribed Amitrptyline which one of the side effcts is to slow the progress of the food through the stomach. I retook the potato test and with taking the medication the food took 22 minutes to pass through and the the retching stopped. It is extremely important that the surgeon takes care not to damage the Vagus nerve. It took 5 years to find out about tyhe Vagus nerve problem to be diagnosed. I had 9 endcoscopys visiting the states Panama Venezuela before i found the problem. If you want to email me about this my email is
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   Posted 7/29/2010 7:06 AM (GMT -6)   
You can ask for the operative report. It's the summary of what happened during surgery. There might be some clue there.

There are many branches of the vagus nerve. During Nissen it is necessary to cut the ones going to the fundus, but that should not be a problem. When the esophagus is dissected so enough length is available for the wrap, some damage can occur if they don't recognize the vagus nerve.

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   Posted 8/1/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
alcie..you are so knowledgable. so my surgeon said hes never cut a vagus nerve..do you think that means not the exrtra branches. sorry this happened, know i am concerned but the doc says it wont happen.. i think they can fix it glad the anti-depress helped

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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
usually some of the branches get cut, but usually as long as they recognize the main part of the nerve and don't injure it all is well. Sometimes there is light trauma to the nerve and people can have symptoms that go away after things heal up. If you have a very skilled surgeon who has a high success rate all should go well if the pre op testing shows you are a good candidate for this surgery. My surgeon who did my revision does 360 and 270 degree wraps depending on the patient.

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   Posted 8/2/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks he claims 99% success what do you think
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