Hi Maximus and Ashley,
I had the 360 wrap, and with my extreme reactivity, I think it was the only way to go for me. It would not take much to get my lungs going, and the tighter the better.
Water has always been held up a bit at the wrap site. It must be its consistency. I have no trouble at all with food, but do find it very hard to take large, large pills. Especially rough ones. I switched to liquid calcium because of that.
Honestly, the water issue doesn't bother me, except when I'm on the treadmill. I've found I have to reduce my speed when I take a drink, or the bouncing movement splashes the water up into my breathing tube. (That's my assumption, and I think it's correct.)
Other than that, it's no big deal. I've never had trouble with bloating, and I could burp (I should say my stomach could burp itself) immediately after surgery, so my recovery was pretty much bloat free most of the time.
I'd really like to lobby GI docs with information regarding how helpful this surgery can be to atypical patients. My asthma doctor also finds GI docs exceedingly frustrating, as they have no idea of how reflux affects lungs. GI Docs are focused on LARGE amounts of reflux, and those are the people they send to surgery, since it's a no-brainer that they'll be helped by tightening the LES area. As my asthma doc said, it takes very little reflux to set lungs off. He has met very few GI docs who are competent in this area.
Be persistent. It took me at least 4 years of suffering to finally convince my GI doc that he should send me to a surgeon for a consultation.
I saw two surgeons before my Nissen. The first one was a referral from my PCP after he threw his hands up in frustration over my GI doc's resistence to trying surgery to help my EXTREMELY sick (he said life-threatening) lungs.
The first surgeon did a barium swallow and endoscopy. (I'd already had a stomach-emptying test, manometry, and 24hr PH test with my GI docs) Because he respected my PCP greatly and was going on his recommendation, he told me that I was a good candidate for surgery and that I should make an appointment.
Because I'd been here on the forum and reading a lot about the surgery, I decided I wasn't ready to get the surgery done by that surgeon before researching it further.
I went back to my GI doc with that information in hand, and FINALLY he took my PCP seriously (I think he realized that my PCP meant what he said)and told me that certainly a couple good blasts of acid a day could cause lung problems. (Even then he said I could either continue treating my reflux with PPIs, or I could look in to surgery--very unequivocal) He then sent me to the surgeon he recommended. (He said that if he were getting the surgery, he's go to this surgeon. I also had a nurse-anesthetist friend who said that's who he'd send his family to.)
Anyway, the surgeon looked at my info and did say he had some concern regarding the low DeMeester score. (14.8 or so) That said, he felt he could do the surgery on the recommendation of my other doctors, and that if my asthma was being made worse by reflux, the surgery would help it.
Three weeks later I had the surgery, and the rest is history!
Good luck with your quests for relief!
Post Edited (dencha) : 1/22/2012 9:57:19 AM (GMT-7)