Unfortunately, sometimes people who have this surgery have underlying GI issues unrelated to the reflux, so when they are healed still experience some of the same problems minus the extreme reflux they had prior to the surgery.
There's no way a surgeon can get reflux to zero and still have the wrap loose enough to allow food through. They are going for a "normal" amount of reflux that shouldn't be a bother. People who go through their lives without GERD do have some reflux...just not enough to cause any problems.
I also have underlying GI issues that aren't solved by my wrap. I have a reactive stomach, and once it gets irritated it takes a long time to settle it down. I take a PPI at dinnertime to help keep the acid down so it doesn't irritate further, and Carafate Suspension to keep my stomach coated. Because my wrap is made out of my reactive stomach, it also gets irritated, which isn't fun.
That said, I'm thrilled with my results. My lungs were extremely sick from my reflux (although I never had extreme amounts, it was enough to affect them tremendously). With all the other GI issues I experience, I still consider the surgery a huge success, as it cured my lungs and made them much, much healithier.
A Nissen can't cure anything but extreme reflux. Other stomach issues will still be there. I still can't drink coffee (except on special occasions) and wine must be enjoyed sparingly, and only when my stomach is feeling well. Raw veggies and popcorn can irritate my wrap and stomach.
Those things have nothing to do with my reflux. When we have underlying, non-GERD related issues with our GI tract, we will still have them post-Nissen. That's when we have to face up to the fact that we need to learn to accept what is and live happily with that. I have to make adjustments to my life. If I want to live happily, acceptance of what is, will help.
If you have underlying issues, and you've been to specialists who tell you that there is nothing serious going on, you have a choice. Fight against it, or accept it. By all means get second, third, and fourth opinions. However, when all is said and done, it is as it is.
Hang in there! We can do this!
Post Edited (dencha) : 12/22/2011 9:54:37 AM (GMT-7)