Nervous about LNF

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 9/2/2011 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 29 year old female and have been taking PPIs for over 10 years. I have a sliding HH and have severe reflux.
After having the 24-hour pH motility test in 2004, the specialist I was seeing at the time declined to do the Nissen Fundoplication for me in spite of the results showing that I tested more than 3 times higher than the acceptable thresholds.

I recently began persuing the surgery again after Nexium stopped being as effective as it had been for the past several years (I was on Losec prior to Nexium). Thankfully, I am now working with a specialist who thinks the surgery would benefit me greatly especially considering my age and the results of all of the tests I have had in years past.

That being said, I am very anxious about the surgery. I don't have a date scheduled yet but the surgeon indicated that it will likely be after Christmas as we have long sugery wait times here. It could be much sooner, however, since I am on a cancellation list. The fact that the surgery could literally happen any time makes me a bit anxious as well.

From what I have read here, I understand that the recovery process can be slow and there are challenges associated with it. But I am wondering, overall, was it worthwhile?

The statistics for failure or significant post-op complications seem quite low but I would like to know if anyone feels that the surgery was not particularly beneficial and/or if they would do it over again if it becomes ineffective several years down the road?

I think that this forum is going to continue to be incredibly helpful for me as I approach my surgery date and as I go through recovery! Thank you for being so open in sharing your experiences!! :)




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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/2/2011 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi NF-ready,
I'm so glad you've joined us!  I also found this forum as I was contemplating surgery.  It is a scary proposition--especially with all the negative posts that you can find online.  I was turned away from surgery many times because unlike you, most of my numbers were within the "normal" range.  Even the surgeon had concerns that my DeMeester score was 14.8, which is just on the borderline.  My PCP and asthma doctors both pushed me toward surgery, as my asthma was greatly affected.  Finally the GI doc told me I could go either way--medication or surgery (I don't think he wanted me to come back at him if it didn't work.)
I had the surgery in February 2009, and never looked back.  It took 2 and a half months for my lungs to improve, but improve they did.
I would never go back to what I was like before surgery.  I never had the horrible reflux that most Nissen patients have before surgery, but my lungs were in terrible shape.  I was also on unhealthy doses of steroids, and that didn't even work.  I was even hospitalized due to GERD-induced asthma.
If I ever needed a redo, I'd gladly have it, rather than go back to the unhealthy state I was in.  Mine was an atypical symptom of GERD, which has a lower success rate.  Even knowing that, I HAD to give it a try and see if it helped.  I figured at least it would rule GERD out as the cause of my problem.  I waited far to long to get the surgery (4 very unhealthy years).  I have some permanent damage from the steroids I took. 
I was so happy to find this forum and the very kind and helpful people who guided me through and gave me the courage to go forward with the surgery.  I always noticed that even people who had had complications and needed a second Nissen were very positive about the outcome. I figured that if people like that thought it was worth doing, I would do it.
You may have read this somewhere already, but here is the link for my early recovery posts.  Hopefully it'll allay some of your fears and trepidations...
Good luck! 

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 9/2/2011 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't regret my surgery. I'd do it again if needed, but I do dread doing the manometry again. :P
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