Welcome to Healing Well.
Yes I did find my
open Nissen much easier to recover from. Min was a very difficult redo as I had 2 previous Nissens an an esophageal perforation repaired just 6 months prior. My nissen was torn apart and I had massive amounts of scar tissue from all the surgeries.
I do want to say my sternum was sore for about
2 months or so after the surgery because they have to lift up quite hard on it to get in there. If it lingers ay longer talk to your surgeon as they ca prescribe a strong anti inflamatory to ease this.
I did not have PEH, but with my esophagus still healing it was a touchy surgery for me. I believe you will feel much better after this, but remember it is a long recovery for most people.Things should return to pretty much normal with a few quirks, but it is well worth it. Trust your surgeon's opinion it should be done
open as they usually have a very good reason to do it so.
My surgeon had a wrap that went around my abdomin and it help a lot with holding the muscles tight when I got u from bed or a chair. My scar from this has faded as well as my lap nissen scars did. If I need another redo I am going to request it be done
the NG tube....I had it with my first Nissen and my esophagus repair, but not with the redoes. So it is the surgeons preference. It is to help relieve pressure on the stomach early on and help with bloating.
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11
Post Edited (opnwhl4) : 9/23/2012 8:22:12 PM (GMT-6)