Did anyones wrap fix their LPR, or even come close?

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renegade_7
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   Posted 6/29/2012 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Talked to my surgeon about doing the Niesson wrap. I don't have any heartburn or indigestion, but the PH probe indicates a good dose of reflux. I do have all the signs of LPR. Throat hurt, horseness, constant throat clearing, excessive mucus to the point that I casnnot talk because I cannot clear the mucus. Tried all the different cures. Now I am on 80mg of Nexium and 300 mg of zantac. Makes no difference, does not stop this thing with the throat. I would be very upset if I get the wrap, and still have this issue. If it works, it's worth it. Anyone have this surgery for LPR and experienced success?

bowecho
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   Posted 6/29/2012 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My original symptoms were chest pain, some throat pain, and mucus in throat.

The Nissen got rid of the chest and throat pain. The mucus in throat has decreased probably 50%. Its there, but sometimes I don't even notice it. Sometimes I notice it as much as I did pre-surgery. Its definitely an improvement, but its not 100% gone. My surgeon thinks it will be gone one day (my surgery was 7 months ago), but even if it does not clear up, I'm okay with how it is now as the rest of my symptoms were cleared up.

My surgeon did have other patients that saw 100% throat clearing/mucus relief, some that saw about my level, and some (fewer) that had little or no relief. Many took a long time until they felt improvement. That's a tricky symptom that seems very difficult to eliminate.
Nissen Fundoplication - 11/22/11

couchtater
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   Posted 6/29/2012 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had LPR for nearly 10 years. I finally decided to get the surgery even though my doctor said it probably won't help.
I had the surgery over 2 years ago. It stopped the refluxing. I only get heartburn now when I'm very bad with my eating.
However it turned out I took too long to get the surgery. I had damaged my epiglottis with the acid. I had to go to a speech therapist to learn how to swallow food so it doesn't go down my windpipe.
Don't wait too long.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 6/29/2012 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi renegade,
My major (and I mean major) LPR symptom was severe and uncontrollable asthma.  My answer to your question is, yes.  I had a lung infection before, during, and after my surgery, but once the infection cleared and my lungs had a chance to heal, they improved 100%.  I took about 2 and a half months post op.
Good luck with your decision!
Best wishes,
Denise
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

forme
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   Posted 6/30/2012 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
 
I just had a nissen fundoplication on 6/19/2012. The surgery was for LPR. The throat symptoms are the worse. It has been 11 days out. My reflux is much worse since the operation. Does anyone remember it taking this long for the symptons to settle down. I am quite worried at this point, but staying calm.

dencha
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   Posted 6/30/2012 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi forme,
Welcome to Healing Well!  First, DON'T WORRY!  Your esophagus and stomach have been through a tremendous amount of trauma.  While your outsides have only 5 little slits it's as if an egg beater has been let loose inside.  Your upper GI tract has been completely revised, and is very irritated.
 
My surgeon told me that the esophagus is a dumb organ and it interprets all pain as reflux.  Of course your wrap is swollen now (it will reach peak swelling on or about Day 14 post op) and it is misshapen, so a bit of reflux can be allowed through.  Still, I'd put money on the fact that the reflux you're experiencing is due to post-surgical pain.
 
Also, because your wrap is becoming increasingly swollen, it's very possible that what you're eating and drinking is being held up at the wrap site for longer periods, and that can be irritating as well.  In addition, if medication doesn't get through the wrap, it sits there and can cause serious inflammation.  So be sure to sip water (no iced drinks, no straws) after eating.  Crush your pills and take them with plenty of water.
 
Here's a link to my early recovery journal:
 
Here's a link to some post-Nissen eating information:
 
Glad you've joined us.  Hang in there!  You're at the very early stages of recovery, and people around here can attest to the fact that it is a rough recovery.  Things will get better in time!  I don't know what your surgeon told you, but it takes 6 months for the majority of the healing, and a full year for the rest.  I found continued impovement into the second year.
 
If you can surrender to the recovery and follow it where it takes you, you'll find it much easier.  People who struggle against what is have a lot more trouble.
 
Happy healing!
Denise
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

renegade_7
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   Posted 6/30/2012 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all who replied. I really appreciate it. Thanks Dencha for your post and the diary of your recovery. It seems you are correct, lots of bad news on these forums. I too teach, and also coach softball at the high school. I will try to wait until Oct. for the surgery, as I do not want to miss games while healing. If I thought I would not be too weak from the diet, I would try to get it sooner and get back on the field in in a week. But that is being too optimistic, I'm sure. Thanks to all.

dencha
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   Posted 6/30/2012 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi renegade,
That sounds like a good plan.  Good luck with your coaching endeavors!  I think you're wise to hold off on the surgery until things settle down. 
Good luck!
Denise
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