I had the Nissen Nov 17, 2011. I am at 8 months since the surgery.
Some days I feel better than ever. Other days I feel what completely feels like reflux.
I had a barium swallow x-ray about a month ago which showed that the wrap was fine, but there is a question in my mind as to whether the small amount of reflux they saw was the result of real reflux or if it was from them laying me back almost immediately after swallowing the barium, giving the barium not enough time to get past my wrap. After I had a sip of water and waited a moment, then laid down again, there was no reflux at all, even when I "beared down" (flexed), which is supposed to bring about reflux. So, I'm kind of confused about that. And the x-ray tech who wrote up the report said that the reflux appeared when I "beared down", which wasn't true. The x-ray tech report is what my surgeon was going off of, saying that I could get my surgery "tightened" with the TIF procedure. I am not eager to jump into more surgery if I do not need it.
Recently I've had the reflux feeling again, but it comes and goes. However, I think I may have started to figure out what is going on. I thought that eating ice cream and/or frozen yogurt was fine because it is soft, so I had been doing that every night.
I think I may have figured out that I am very sensitive to ice cream (even the low fat kind, and frozen yogurt with a little bit of fat). I think it's a combination of irritation from the actual dairy of the ice cream, as well as the food being so cold, which makes the stomach take an extra amount of time to digest since food needs to be warmed in the stomach first before digestion. This is not good if I'm eating it just 2 or 3 hours before bedtime.