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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 127
   Posted 10/24/2011 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there wrapped folk,
I'm curious how many of you who have had the Nissen are happy and have gotten to the point where your don't identify yourself as one who has reflux?  Do you feel you are at the point where your are "normal" as far as digestion is concerned?  Do you still think about your past reflux often?  Can you do most things you want to do without having a bunch of physical limitations?  I am currently on PPI's and not considering the Nissen in my near future by I will always carry it in my back pocket as my last option should my symptoms return / worsen. Since this whole nightmare began 6 months ago, I find it difficult to stop worrying about my reflux and I know worrying itself can cause more issues.  I would just like to rest on the thought that 'hey if the PPI's stop working, I'll just get the Nissen and it will cure me...I'll be good'. Sometimes though I get discouraged when I read multiple posts about failed Nissen's. I feel pretty restrictecd now and this has had a large impact on me socially with regards to winery trips with friends and other outings. 
Any thoughts appreciated!
oh, btw...once you've had a Nissen, can you do things like bounce in a bounce house with your children or go on 'puke rides' at amusement parks?

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 10/24/2011 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I have been able to do what ever I like and eat whatever I like. Can't say I think about my own reflux much, but still it's on my mind since I moderate this forum. If that makes much sense.

I coach travel softball and work through all the drills with the ladies without any problems.

Take care,
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 10/24/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm approaching the two year mark of my surgery. I've been very happy with the results. I've been able to throw up a couple of times. I was quick to get my anti-nausea meds in though so it wouldn't last long. I can burp with ease and eat anything I want to with no troubles (except BBQ chips for some reason).
If I have to do it again I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 10/24/2011 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi efit,
I had my surgery in February 2009, and have resumed totally normal eating and activity.  My lungs (which had been in terrible shape due to reflux) are healthy, and my peak flow is the best it has been in years.  I still have allergies, and even with those my lungs remain clear and for that I am very grateful.
I struggled not to have the surgery for over four years.  My family doc and asthma docs were very insistent that I ought to consider it, and like you, I resisted due to the fear that the surgery might create problems even worse than the ones I was experiencing.  I only wish I'd found this forum sooner.  I might have avoided terrible and permanent side effects caused by the high doses of steroids I needed to keep my lungs somewhat functional.
I would recommend that you keep an open mind about the surgical option if your symptoms are creating substantial problems in your life.  If you're anything like me, the only thing you'll regret is waiting so long.
Yes...I would have no trouble bouncing in a a bounce house (other than those that are age-related turn ) ,  and I wouldn't hesitate to ride any crazy ride that was available.  (Well, maybe I'd think twice about some of them, but that hasn't changed due to surgery!)
Good luck!

Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 90
   Posted 10/25/2011 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise you are on form, made me laugh.

Yes I would do it again. I am only 2.5 months post op but delighted with the results. I can lie on the floor and play with my daughter and I can sleep through the night, neither of which I could do before. I am still increasing the range of food I eat but feel I will be able to eat whatever I want again, fairly soon.


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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 127
   Posted 10/26/2011 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Thank you for your responses. They give me hope.  I have an extremely active lifestyle not to mention a 3 yr old and a 1 yr old who don't allow for much down time :)  I teach fitness classes and it's part of my income and I also count it as a hobby / stress reliever / etc and would hate to lose that ability.  I am taking Prevacid and have achieved 90% relief of symptoms currently so I guess I will stay where I am unless something changes. It sounds like surgery would not be so bad. I would have a hard time sitting still for recovery though :)
Thanks again,
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