Note: moved from Hill Repair vs. Fundoplication
Thought I would post my results of my laproscopic, Hill Repair two weeks post-op. My surgery was with Dr. Aye in Seattle (I traveled from Wisconsin). Outstanding surgeon and, as most of you know, a prominent leader in the technique (in addition to many other surgeries he performs). I am 52yo, male with LPR. I've had a history of strictures - 6 to be exact - all requiring dilations. Twelve years of taking PPI's has resulted in oste
openia and the medication itself was becoming ineffective. No Barretts esophagus, but I have a family history (my father).
I cannot say whether my experience with the surgery is typical or not, but I fared very well. I used painkillers immediately after surgery but after I was discharged one day later, I only had mild discomfort not what i would call "pain." I did not use oxycodone (which I wanted to avoid because of possible nausea) or even tylenol for that matter. Liquids went down easily and I have good motility so swallowing has not been a major problem though I do have to go much slower. I'm on soft, mushy foods for four weeks and then can begin with solids. I've lost about
4 pounds...I could actually stand to lose about
five more to get to my BMI. So, I don't mind losing the weight. I had issues with heavy mucous after meals having LPR which has disappeared completely. No coughing or gagging anymore!
I went with the Hill Repair because it seemed to mimic the natural anatomy and functional aspects of the esophagus better than the Nissen and I am hoping for less complications. But that was just my choice. I'm not necessarily anti-Nissen because there are many people who have also had good, if not equal outcomes who went with the Nissen. It just didn't sound like the route that I wanted to go. I also had considerable confidence in the Hill Repair because of Dr. Aye's experience with it and the longitudinal study that was recently published (Dr. Aye was one of the co-investigators).
It has only been two weeks so far, so it is still early. But, so far a very positive outcome for me. I'll check in to let people know of my progress. Best of luck to everyone!!
Post Edited (Bureaucrat) : 4/15/2012 7:34:28 PM (GMT-6)