Thanks for the info on the Reglan. Glad to hear that it didn't really affect you. I have been taking it for a few days and have had no side effects, so that's good.
I was also told that I am a perfect candidate for the TIF. I am 39, lead a healthy lifestyle, and not overweight. My hiatal hernia is small and that is the only reason for 15 years of heartburn troubles (no other complications). My surgeon was very honest with me. He has done about 1000 Nissen procedures in the last 10 years, but the TIF only about 10 times. He is highly regarded in the area (D.C. metro) and regularly often travels abroad to teach others surgical techniques.
He explained that the Nissen is more likely to be "permanent" due to scarring that occurs - (although I am noticing on this forum there are several people who have had it more than once).
The two surgeries are equally involved, but the TIF can be adjusted or redone with scarring being less of an issue. Plus recovery is easier since there are no incisions. If for some reason the TIF doesn't work, a Nissen can be done, no problem.
So, I took my chances. I am now 5 weeks post-op. I felt NO pain after surgery and stayed in the hospital one night. I walked right out of there a little more than 24 hours later. My first week, I had trouble swallowing much, and my esophagus would often occasionally spasm for about 30 seconds (ouch!!). I was also just a bit tired from the surgery. But all that passed in less than a week's time and I really felt normal in less than 7 days. I still continue to carefully watch my diet. HOWEVER, I started having heartburn about 3-4 days after the procedure, and it has gotten progressively worse since then. Hence, the Reglan, which definitely helps, albeit temporarily. I don't have an explanation for it, so I am seeing the surgeon next Thursday to talk about my barium test results. Hopefully he knows what's going on!
Hope that helps you. I am happy to follow up with another report in the near future. I know how nerve-wracking all of this is.