Thank you for everyone's comments. I've answered and added to some of your comments below.
Where will you be in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
5 Years? Getting married to my girlfriend of the past eight years and starting a family. Yes I know its about
time but I'm fortunate and she has been very patient.
10 Years? Doing what most do with young kids but probably still going to sea for a living.
20 Years? By then I may have moved shore side, but who knows
The Nissen restrictions aren't that severe. I think you'll find you will still be able to do plenty after the surgery.
I had my Nissen 8 months ago, and I'd have no concerns going sailing, cutting trees down or operating machinery if I had a reason to. I currently play softball every week, run several times a week, I've been kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, quite a bit of physical activity. Personally, I would shy away from heavy lifting, but I'll do anything else. I have no worries or fears of damaging my Nissen, nor does my surgeon.
There may be a few more strenuous things that you may want to hold off doing for a while, maybe the most strenuous activities requiring heavy lifting you would avoid doing at all, but I bet within several months you'd be back doing many of the activities you love.
Its a tough decision. You can't take the pain anymore, but on the other end, the thought of being restricted from doing some of the things you love is painful as well. You will need to weigh the pros and cons carefully. I wish you the best!
The highly recommended Gastro in Florida, explained that I can easily find a surgen that will swear that he can give me something that will never tear apart but he is full of bull. He explained that after healing from the surgery I will feel well enough to do anything I want but its guaranteed that if I continue to put pressure on my mid region by lifting, pushing, etc. I will tear apart the surgery. His recommendation for me to make it last is to lift no more then 25 lbs. That restriction is what really blows me away but I guess I've got to make it last for another 50 years or so.
At some point your reflux may become so debilitating that you will no longer feel that it is a choice.
That is what is occurring to me now. There is almost not a single second in the day that I don't have reflux. I'm trying to hang on for as long as possible but I can't take it anymore.
I guess it all boils down to the fact that I just want to make sure that I've rulled out everything I can do and that I'm making the right decision. The Linx Device has a high success rate on paper but by some of the comments on this board it doesn't represent what may be actual truth. Is this true? Plus I don't know if I would be accept as a patient because of my possible heital hernia and the waiting list that is getting longer by the day.
I still don't know why back in December almost overnight my reflux went from being manageable with one 40mg tablet of Protonix to nothing and I mean no PPI, H2 Blocker, or Tums could keep my reflux down. I'm amazed that it can go from managed to unmanageable with no warning but neither do the Doctors. If anyone has any other ideas I'm
open for them.
Thank you again for everyone's comments.