Nissen fundoplication

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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 2/12/2012 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
         I am having Nissen fundoplication surgery on March 12,2012...and I am terrified! My symptoms  of GERD are also comlicated by 50% of my stomach being in my chest,Hiatal hernia, and a Kink at the top of my stomach/esophagus that may or may not cause necrosis, eventually. I would appreciate any and all input into what I am to expect. The surgery is being done at UPMC Passavant, Pittsburgh,Pa., By Rodney Landerneau.  confused

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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 2/12/2012 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   

I am 62 years old and I had the Nissen on April 1, 2011. I did not have the benefit of this group at that time , but I found it shortly after. I am so thankful I found HealingWell and the wonderful people here.
I had GERD and a significant Hiatal Hernia, with complications of reflux induced asthma, I had to carry a rescue inhaler it was so bad. My hernia would slide in and out of my chest. I would have to jump up from bed and run to the bathroom every nite to throw up acid. These were the things that convinced me that I didn't care what the cure was, I had to try it. I would not hesitate to have the surgery repeated if it was ever necessary. This procedure and my surgeon gave me my life back.
If you know that your surgeon is experienced ( has performed hundreds/thousands) in doing this surgery, and you trust this doctor, you have crossed your first bridge. If you are at all concerned about anything, recovery, limitations during recovery, how long you will be restricted, how long you are going to be recovering.. anything you are concerned about, ask your doctor or for information on what we all experienced you can ask us here. We will be happy to talk to you.
I was a cautious recovery patient. I was on full liquids for almost 3 weeks. (full liquid=cream of wheat, cream soups all mushy foods, no lumps that cannot be chewed to liquid. Meat is not a good choice the first couple of weeks. At the beginning of my 3rd week I began eating baked or broiled fish, soft cooked veggies, soft boiled eggs (fried eggs/scrambled didn't agree with me). All through my recovery I was reminded here to let my body tell me what I was ready for and to relax into my recovery, not to push it too quickly. Everything I learned here from the wonderful people responding and supporting me was pretty much right on.
The first few weeks of recovery can be difficult, others say they breeze through it because they listen to their body and to their doctor and to the great information here at HealingWell. We welcome you and hope you will continue to come here before your surgery and after you become a member of "The Wrapped Club" for info, support and just to vent. We all have times when we need to do that.
I hope I have helped you just a bit...
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 2/12/2012 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the GERD/Heartburn forum. This forum is for questions, discussions and support relating to GERD/Heartburn and includes causes, complications, diagnosis, medical treatments and surgical treatment info provided by our members.
There are many awesome members here who have faced surgery and will be along to share with you.  You have already met Sandy :)
It is normal to be fearful when facing surgery however I think by talking with the members who have had the surgery you will feel less anxious and more knowledgable before March 12.

It is great to be a part of a community of people who understand what you are going through, so I hope that you will stay on with us. We are here to help and support, and look forward to getting to know you better.



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