Welcome to HealingWell.. I am so glad you have come to this forum.. I too had some very real reservations about
whether to have the Nissen done or not. I had suffered for about
12-13 years before I was even told there was a procedure that could be done to fix GERD and Hiatal Hernia. I was always told "You will just have to learn to live with it." Well I got tired of living with it and decided to investigate. I found out about
the Nissen and I was referred to a great surgeon that had done somewhere around 1700 of them and I was set... almost.. as a rule the surgeon gives you some information about
the procedure but not about
the recovery.. I was told 4-6 weeks you will be back to normal... NOT!! You will usually
have almost immediate relief from your symptoms. You will have to watch your diet, depending on your doctor... you will have 5-6 days up to 2 weeks of full liquid. With this you can put anything you want to eat in a blender and you still get your flavor and nutrient.. the most important thing is to CHEW CHEW CHEW and take very small bites. the first few weeks your appetite will be much smaller so you will need to eat 5-6 times a day. Some docs just tell you to eat as tolerated, that is where the chewing comes into play.
Please do not be afraid of this surgery, I am 62 years old and I had mine ion April 1st this year and I would so do it over again. Before the surgery, I got up at least once a nite throwing up acid. I was on 2 Nexium a day and had been on PPI's of some type for 12 years. I had pain from the hernia and I had constant drainage down my throat, unrelenting coughing and I was on a rescue inhaler for ASTHMA.. since my surgery, I have no drainage, no coughing, I do not use my inhaler any more.. no ASTHMA.. it was reflux induced.. 13 years I thought I had asthma and in one day it was gone.. Am I happy?? You bet..
Yes the idea of this can be scary, and yes if you do not take care with the recovery you will not fair well. But, if you are ready to get rid of GERD, please forge ahead.
If the diet is an issue, think about
6 weeks (or possibly more, depends on your rate of recovery. At your age it should be fairly easy) of a special diet compared to the rest of your life with the symptoms you say you have now...
The most important aspect of this surgery is that you are confident in your surgeon and you are confident it will fix your issues. You should ask your surgeon questions and you can come here to ask all of us who have gone through this, where we are now and what we feel. Do not let someone push you into the surgery if you are not sure of it, but, do not balance your decision on a few who have for what ever reason, had a bad experience with it. It is not always a success. Usually it fails because of an inexperienced surgeon or an impatient patient. There is always a chance that it just won't work, but I have not heard of that. Mostly there is an underlying issue that causes failure.
Please stay with us and let us help you through.. we are happy to be here for you..
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