nissen fundoplication. Knowing what you have been thru would you still have done it?

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   Posted 2/24/2011 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm debating whether I should have the Nissen procedure.  I want to get rid of my Gerd and meds but I read about the stuff that you all have gone thru and I wonder.  So, my question to you who have been thru it.  Knowing what you know now, would you have still had the procedure?

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   Posted 2/24/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi kds,
Welcome to Healing Well! Two years ago, I was where you are...struggling with the idea of having the surgery and searching the internet for information. As you search, I'm sure you're finding many scary posts about people who have had very bad surgeries and are warning against ever having the procedure done.

My asthma and family doctors were urging me to have the surgery, but as my symptoms were atypical (mainly uncontrollable asthma) my GI doc wasn't as sure that the surgery would solve my problems.

Finally, I couldn't stand living with my unhealthy lungs (my family said that my condition was life-threatening) and high doses of damaging steroids. I went to my GI doc and with the urging of my other doctors and a little higher PH number on my 24 hour study (still only at the top level of "normal"), my GI doc said I could either continue to treat the problem with meds (that weren't working for me) or go see a surgeon about the possibility of a surgical fix.

I couldn't go on the way I was, and if the surgery didn't work for the problem, at least I could rule out GERD as the reason for my horrible lungs.

I had the surgery in February 2009. I had a lung infection at the time of the surgery, and it took about 2 and a half months for my lungs to improve. By mid May, though, my lungs were the best they'd been in years.

Yes, I am definitely glad I had the surgery, and if I needed a redo, I would willingly have it done.

This forum was a lifesaver for me. People here had a very realistic attitude towards the surgery, and were helpful in preparing me for the recovery. It was also great to be able to ask questions of them when I was going through the recovery.

I stuck around after my surgery to repay the kindness that was offered to me.

Is the surgery perfect? No. There will be changes to your upper GI tract that you will need to adjust to and accept. But if it's the right thing for you, it will make you much, much better. As for being off PPI's...some go off and never need them again, while others take some, but are still happy with their improved condition.

The selection of an outstanding and highly experienced Nissen surgeon (who has done hundreds, and hopefully more surgeries) is critical to a good outcome.

Good luck with your decision. I'm sure others will be by to comment on your post.
Take care,

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   Posted 2/24/2011 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I went through a lot because my surgery was necessary for a stomach in my chest after a car wreck. I'd do it again in a minute! I'm older and recovery was a little slower. I have fibromyalgia and worse pain than some, and I'd still do it!!!

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   Posted 2/24/2011 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kds,
The answer has to come from yourself and your own circumstances/experience. Like others have said, surgery is a big thing for anyone to take but, it is also necessary for some.

For me I did not believe that it was a good idea to suffer for the rest of my life and to keep taking PPI that would only provide minimal relief.

Also, I could not eat anything much at all, I went from eating a normal diet to quite a restricted diet to eventually a very, very basic diet that only permitted me to drink water and eat some basic food. Before my op, I lost over 30 pounds in weight within 4 months as a result of not being able to eat.

There is also an indication that with constant exposure of acid within the oesophagagus, this could lean to cancer and therefore evasive action should also be considered.

I also had quite a moderate size hiatus hernia that caused further pain and discomfort for me.

All in all the final decision is you’re to take and only you know your symptoms etc. For me I am very pleased with the outcome from surgery (currently I am 23 days post op) and I would definitely go through it again. Although there are post op difficulties etc, the positive outcome and offer a better quality of life is better.

Good luck with your decision.

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   Posted 2/24/2011 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am now 17 days post-op. I had heartburn for more than 20 years. Had bad reactions to most meds, so chewed Tums or gulped Mylanta for years.
got the food stuck in throat feeling, waking up choking on acid at night, hoarseness and coughing for weeks and unrelenting chest pain about a year ago. It became a matter of live with it or do surgery. I did research and saw a total of 7 doctors including 2 surgeons. (I am with Kaiser) I have had no reflux since surgery! Recovery has not been difficult so far. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

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   Posted 2/24/2011 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
This is my 14th month since my surgery. Before I had very atypical symptoms. chronic coughing, loss of voice for weeks at a time, gunk in the throat, asthma attacks, pneumonia, sinus infections, almost blacking out, and occasional heartburn. skull
Would I do the surgery again? In a heartbeat! turn

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   Posted 2/25/2011 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the surgery 6 years ago. I had a hard time recovering, mostly because I wasn't used to dietary restrictions and I was fairly active. If you'd have asked me within the first couple months I'd have said no. Six years later I'd say definitely. I've had two kids since my procedure and can't imagine having gone through the heartburn associated with pregnancy on top of my daily struggle with it.

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   Posted 2/26/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
^^Thank you frogdoc! That is exactly what I needed to hear! My husband and I have been struggling with infertility and i was a little sad to hear that we would have to wait 6 months after a nissen wrap to start trying again. But when I think about it, if my heartburn is this bad now I can't imagine what it would be like if I was pregnant! Your comment made me feel much better about my decision to have the nissen done.

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   Posted 2/28/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Amandapanda82-- I got pregnant four or five weeks after mine!

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   Posted 2/28/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow! And your wrap was still okay?

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   Posted 3/2/2011 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
If you would have asked me this question a week after my surgery I would have said NO WAY!!!

It was a catch 22 for me, I'm glad I didn't know what was in store for my recovery before the surgery as I wouldn't have had it, but on the other hand I wished I would have known about the healing process as that would have helped mentally. Thankfully I found this website and the wonderful people on here to help me through the recovery as I still remember one day that I was crying wishing I had never had it done and I got so depressed, but the wonderful support team here got me through it.

I had GERD for 25 years and I was up to 3 prescription stomach pills per day which didn't work. My father passed from esophageal cancer in 2004 as he suffered 50 years with GERD so I felt I had the chance he didn't so I went for the surgery.

Yesterday was my year anniversary which mentally was a bitter sweet since my Mom drove me in for the surgery and she passed away last August so she isn't here to see how well the surgery worked for me.

I can say today that I am very happy on my decision as the last time I needed stomach meds was the first 4 weeks after my surgery, per my Doctor. Now "IF" I get any indigestion a couple of Tums do the trick and this has happened maybe 3 times since my surgery.

Good luck on your decision and if you decide to have the surgery, live on this website because you will find all the answers you need.
Nissen Fundaplication 3/1/2010 (full wrap)
Hiatal Hernia 3/1/2010
Thyroid Removal 1990

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   Posted 3/2/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Yes, Yes I have not had to take any GERD meds since I had the Nissen. They only thing that bothers me is some foods are difficult to swallow, so I try to avoid those. It has been 1 1/2 years since mine.
I am so happy I had it done = )


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   Posted 4/5/2011 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi kds,
My advice to you would be to find a surgeon that has performed many lap nissen fundaplications. I did not research the surgeon, nor ask him how many of these surgery's had he performed, and for 6 years I have been going through living hell. I had my Nissen done in 2005. From the get go after surgery started having major issues. I did what I was suppose to do post opt, as far as the diet instructions. As the months went on, I was progressingly getting worse instead of better. For instance, I started having a pain in the lower part of my chest(esophagel spasms), that no matter what I did or took, the pain would not subside, It just had to pass, which took about 15 mins. I had major episodes of diarrhea, and some undigested food would pass through also.I also still to this day have to take an OTC antacid. I stayed full feeling all the time. So therefore, didn't have an appetite, so I lost 28lbs, and didn't have it to loose. 14 months after surgery, I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis and a parlayzed left diaphragm. Dr said it could have been from the lap nissen.I didn't have these issues before surgery. Moving on to 2011, I just found out on Feb 14th, due to the paralyzed left diaphragm that my whole stomach and about 12 inches of my colon herinated into my chest. I had to have a second surgery to put my stomach back where it belongs. Just do a lot of research before surgery. Because if I had it to do over again, NO WAY WOULD I HAVE IT DONE! Good luck in your search! messed up in ms
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