I am a candidate for Fundoplication BUT....

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Hoffy Bunny
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 4/19/2012 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am far too terrified to do it. I know whether I get it now or 20 years from now my condition will NOT change.

I was one of the youngest people my doc had diagnosed with a hiatal hernia that wasn't cause by a birth defect, she said that she could think of no other cause for it happening than stress. No physical cause and no genetic. Don't want to get into how bad my life is but I had a nervous breakdown at 17. Well I should say WAS it's been 10 years and I am 100xs better than where I was.

Anyway, I am 123 pounds and have consulted a doctor, well three different ones for this and found out that my hernia is pretty bad and I already qualify for the surgery. I can afford it as it's not elective and my insurance will cover it.

However I was told a bunch of scary things you have to go through in order to recover and full recovery can take at least a year. I was told I'd have to relearn how to swallow, be totally on a liquid diet for a bit, after one year I could step up to the best stuff like bread and meat and pasta. I would lose a third of my body weight (I am 123 pounds could I even SURVIVE that without being in a hospital bed constantly?) not to mention hospitals scare the FISHPASTE out of me. I am emetophobic so it's a nightmare to be in one for any amount of time. The point of all of this is, for those of you who have had it done, how bad is it? What's the pain like? What do they give you for the pain? How long are you in the hospital for recovery? How hard is it to relearn swallowing? Is there a lot of vomiting as you try to learn again?

I also have to go through a minerva test in order to get final readings for that and that sounds even worse cause you are awake for that as they jam a wire/tube up your nose and down your throat to test the pressure of your swallowing or something? Since they didn't sedate me nearly enough for my last and most recent endoscopy (It was my fourth) I seriously can only picture it being like that. THe last endocopy I kept screaming cause I wasn't sedated enough and completely aware and can tell you everything they did, four people had to hold me down so they could finish it. I don't even want to come close to a similar expereince again.

If anyone can answer my questions I thank you in advanced.

bowecho
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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 4/20/2012 12:19 AM (GMT -6)   
You will find many people here that have had the Nissen, including myself. I had it in November, and it has been a life saver for me. I went from being in a horrible place to feeling better than I ever have in my life now. Its been 5 months exactly since my surgery.

Everyone recovers differently, but I think what you heard would be the most extreme, unusual case of recovery. You won't have to re-learn to swallow. I could swallow normally as soon as I woke up. Yes, you do have a restricted diet for 6-8 weeks. In my case, it was clear liquids for a week, thick liquids for a week, soft foods for a week except for meat and bread, then I was basically back to normal. At 6 weeks I was eating everything including meat and bread. You will lose some weight, but I doubt it would be anywhere near 1/3. I am about 235 pounds and I lost 25 in the first 8 weeks. I have since gained it back and added more on, since I can eat anything I want now without consequence.

Hospitals aren't fun, but you won't be there long. I had my surgery in the morning on a Tuesday, and was going home first thing on Wednesday, less than 24 hours. Someone recently on here went home same day as their surgery. You shouldn't expect to be in the hospital long.

How bad is it? In my case, it was easier than I expected. The pain is well controlled with painkillers. In my case, after 10 days, I felt no pain at all. Many people have pain less time than that. Some more. Like I said, there's no re-learning swallowing, you should expect to swallow just fine. By 8 weeks, you'll probably be eating mostly everything. Some people recover much faster. I've seen stories here of people eating bread and meat at 4 weeks, while some take 12.

I'm sure others will chime in with their experiences. You'll find lots of success stories and positivity about the surgery here. It has helped many of us.

daddypig
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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 4/20/2012 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I would agree with that, I had mine in august and havemy life back. My main issues were feeling sick, so not being sick, on and off for few weeks but they gave me pills which helped. I was tired for a few weeks after surgery too. Although these temporary issues were there I felt instant relief. Once you get past first 24 hours you'd manage it. Bowels take Aa few weeks to sort themselves out for some folk, but once you know that's normal...Agree you dont need to learn to re swallow. I avoided bread for three months, and there are only one or to things that niw dont quite agree with me. Id do it again in a heartbeat. Whilst its not right for everyone if I had been advised earlier knowing what I know niw I would have done it earlier. Good luck to you, ask anything you like

Kevin
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