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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 5/25/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 25 and I have been suffering from constant nausea (waves throughout the day) as far as I can remember.
In 2010, a gastroenterologist did an upper GI endoscopy and found that I have a hiatal hernia and it was quite inflamed which made her conclude that I had GERD. I am taking pantoprazole which helps with the stomach pain (I do not have heartburn) and some anti-nausea tablets prescribed by my GP. I also suffer some mild reflux (I feel like i need to burp but a warm feeling comes up all the way to the back of my throat).
My specialist has recommended me to have the nissen fundoplication. I met with the surgeaon who is very experienced in this area and said that I was the ideal candidate.
After reading everyone's stories in this forum, I can't help but wonder whether I should request more exams such as a pH test etc..
It is a very big decision that I have to take about the surgery but I do not want to go through it if I'm not sure 100% that the diagnosis is right.
What does everyone think about that ?
What exams did you have before the surgery ?
Thanks everyone for advising and helping me.

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   Posted 5/25/2011 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to healing Well.
I wouldn't go into this surgery without at least having a manometry and a ph study. Maybe even a barium swallow to see if there is reflux or a stomach emptying test to be sure that isn't the problem and only acts like gerd. Now remember that most people have a hiatal hernia and never need anything done to it. If it gets too large or goes onto the chest then it's a whole different thing and needs repaired.

Take care,
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 5/26/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Elodie86,
Welcome to Healing Well!
I agree with Bill. There is another member on this forum (GREYGHOST) who had the surgery without all the testing required, and he has suffered greatly because of that. Without the complete battery of tests, some underlying causes can be missed. You may be having the Nissen surgery for something that won't be fixed by that surgery.

The complete battery is:
barium swallow
24 PH monitor
Stomach Emptying (this isn't always done, but as Bill said, slow emptying stomach is a condition that can be misdiagnosed as GERD.)

This surgery has been a godsend to many of us on this forum. If you read through old posts, you'll find that one thing comes up over and over--the importance of finding an excellent and highly experienced Nissen surgeon. This surgeon should have done hundreds if not thousands of this particular procedure. It's an art form, and requires a lot of experience to get it just right.

Again, glad you've joined our forum. Please continue to ask questions. Many here have been exactly where you are--trying to figure out what is the best path to take. This forum helped me gain the courage and knowledge I needed to go forward with a Nissen (in Feb. 2009), as well as providing me with support and information throughout my recovery.

Best wishes!
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