Welcome to Healing Well! It sounds like you're in exactly the right place. I found this forum when I was trying to get the courage to go forward with GERD surgery, and it was a tremendous help to me. I learned about the experiences of others, I learned that they were very glad they'd had the surgery, and I was provided with lots of help and advice that made my surgery and recovery much easier.
I'm sure you will learn from what others before you have posted here. I kept a journal of my first 19 days of post-op experience, which might help you get an idea of what to expect.
I also have asthma, and my GERD created very sick lungs for me. I didn't have the typical severe regurge you have, but the reflux I did have created terrible asthma. It was my asthma that led me to surgery.
You obviously have many health challenges, but is good to hear that you manage them well. I suspect that your courage dealing with those issues will be a big asset as you work through the healing challenges you will experience post Nissen surgery. I have no doubt that you will be very glad you went forward with the surgery.
It took my lungs two and a half months to heal after I had my surgery, but heal they did. Although I still have asthma caused by allergies, it is so much better. Before surgery I was taking nebulizer treatments several times a day. I have left those treatments behind (of course if I get a virus or something I may need them), and I also have been able to cut my steroid intake astronomically. My lungs continued to improve throughout the first year and a half. Hopefully you will also find improvement in your asthma after surgery.
Again, I'm glad you've joined us.
I wish you all the best. As Ashley suggested, I hope you write about your pre and post op experiences, so others can learn from you.
Post Edited (dencha) : 9/11/2011 7:38:17 AM (GMT-6)