Lap Nissen Fundoplication scheduled

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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/4/2012 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been suffering for years with GERD and gastritis. I'm finally scheduled for surgery 3/14 and I'm a nervous wreck. Anybody out there have words of encouragement before my surgery? What should I expect?

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   Posted 3/4/2012 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  You have come to the right place to find people who have had the same procedure as you are going to have so know you will find support here in the forum.
Here is a link to a site that has some good general info, however, your surgeon should give you all the info you need.  Make a list of your questions and be sure to ask them all before you sign your surgery permit.
Try this link:

Keep talking with us as well. There is 100% acceptance and support here from those who understand.



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New Member

Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/4/2012 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt!

I'm very comfortable with my surgeon and have asked him many questions regarding the surgery. I go Tuesday for my pre-op testing....I'll post after my surgery on how it went. I'm still really nervous though. :/

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 3/4/2012 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   

What are your symptoms?

Don't be scared of the negative posts you read about the's really not that bad.

I had atypical symptoms (sore throat and mouth) no regurgitation or typical heartburn. I'm a little better but if you present typical symptoms I'm sure you'll be fine.

If you have a good surgeon your recovery should go well.

Stick to the liquid / soft food diet. Take your pain medicine as prescribed and load up on some movies lol. An iPad will be nice at your side to chat with everyone on Healing Well lol.

Good luck!

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   Posted 3/4/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Maximus 808,

My symptoms for years were those of gastritis...upper abdominal gnawing pain. I've been off and on Prilosec for about 6 years. about a year ago my symptoms started to worsen....I really never had much heatrburn, but I had a feeling of a lump in my throat and my neck & ears would hurt after eating or drinking. ENT's diagnosed me with GERD. The pain in my ears & stomach got so bad that I was then referred to a GI doc who ran tests...Barium swallow, modified barium swallow & endoscopy confirming High Grade Reflux. My GI said "your esophogus is a mess"...he thought for sure I had Barretts after scoping me but thankfully the biopsies came back negative for Barretts. I also have ulcers in my stomach.

I've been on Prilosec 2x a day and Carafate 2x a day for a year with no relief. Finally, I was referred to a surgeon who believes that I'm a good canidate for the surgery.

I'm happy that something is finally being done and that I can get on with my life. I haven't been in the best of moods this past year...but I'm so anxious about the procedure.

Well, that's my story!

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   Posted 3/4/2012 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
youll be fine in a week or two post op  1 month out real good.  only thing i had was bad gas for 2 3 months and it went away.  the only question is how much relief will u get.  i hope you get a lot

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   Posted 3/4/2012 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 4 days post-op, and I am very pleased with the whole experience.  Obviously, 4 days is not sufficient to claim total success against 15+ years of GERD and NEXIUM, but I am very hopeful.
Pain management in the Hospital was Morphine - which tends to delay recovery of my "lower body systems" but all is approaching normal at home.  My procedure started at Noon, and I left the Hospital by 2:00 pm next day
I an taking an Oxycodone/Tylanol liquid for pain at home.  I am allowed to take a dose every four hours, but found I can go six or more hours without a problem.  I could not sleep overnight in the hospital.  First night home, sleep was intrupted 8 times as my bladder came alive, but I did sleep.  Second night home I slept through the night. 
The five incisions spots sting occasionally, but go mostly unnoticed when sitting or lying down.  The suprise was the "referred pain" in my shoulders which is really the Diapharagm projecting pain to the shoulders through funny nerve wireing.  I am glad the Doctor told me what this was as it is the most annoying pain.
I had no problem with swallowing when the nurse gave me apple juice in the morning.  I was also very relieved that I could Burp right away indicating that the wrap was not too tight (at least at that point).  At home, apple juice and beef broth have gone down and stayed down.  I am walking around the house, up and down stairs and through the local drug store with minimal discomfort.
I really wish you well with the LNF, and I hope your experience is as good as mine.

New Member

Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/4/2012 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the encouragement!


Thank you for all the information! I hope everything continues to go well for you. I'm interested in knowing how your healing progresses being that I'll be a few weeks behind you. :)
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