NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION - should I go for it?

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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 10/11/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there,

Nissen fundoplication. Is it a good surgical option? I mean, what I have heard from my doc is that NF has 3 adverse side effects - mild, not so mild, and severe. However, the doc assured me that severe side effects are noticed in only 2% of the patients who undergo this surgrery. I suffer from severe reflux and heartburn, coupled with excessive burping and loss of appetite for days at a stretch. i have tried all the best PPIs but none has worked. i have made all the lifestyle changes possible and have even tried alternative therapires like homeopathy, ayurveda, etc. But NOTHING has worked for me.

I have heard that some of the side effects of NF are difficulty in burping and bloating of the stomach, with a return of reflux after some years, which can however be suppressed with PPIs. Now my Question is: What I am suffering now is really agonizing............. so if I undergo surgery, will the suffering be worse than what I am suffering now, or will I experience a slight/better/significant improvement in my condition.

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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 10/11/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Ved, I say go for it! Mine is scheduled for Nov. 2nd at 8 am - and I'm ready.
You'll know if you are too. The pain gets to the point where every day is just...agony.
I'm ready for the post surgical pain if it ends this daily slogging through life, if you can even call it that.
I dont eat, dont go out, constantly in pain - I cant enjoy my for me, it was time for surgery.
The side effects cannot be worse with the crushing weight in my chest, the constant burning, the choking......
So....go for it....

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   Posted 10/11/2010 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
If your in that much agony and you have looked at all your options I would say go for the surgery.  I am sure you have read many of the threads here by members who have had a successful surgery.
Good Luck,

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 10/11/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I was at my wits end when I decided to do it. It was my only option.
I wish I had done it before I coughed and choked for three years.

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 10/12/2010 7:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my Nissen 3 weeks ago, it was a good decision.  It's a difficult recovery, but i think in the end it will be worth it...
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