Nissan fundoplication in April 2012 - major heartburn returned recently

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   Posted 10/22/2012 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
mad confused hi my name is Sara and I have posted before and your advice has been fab!!! I had a Nissan fundoplication in April 2012 and have been pretty good !! Famous last words smilewinkgrin turn over the last few weeks I've been experiencing pain and discomfort in chest, stomach and around the area of my op ?? I have major heartburn and a feeling of burning from chest down:( took myself to the doctor s today whose referred me for emergency scan and blood tests !!! She thinks inflamed or infected gall bladder ?? Is this a normal occurrence or have I done something wrong ???? :(
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   Posted 10/22/2012 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara,
I am so sorry to read of the return of your symptoms and I am wondering if you have the results of your CT and blood work yet. Did your Dr. order a HIDA Scan  if you have suspected Gallbladder Disease ?
I do not feel that anything you have done would cause you to have gallbladder disease after your Nissen.  Perhaps other will have first hand experience.
I had my gallbladder removed many years before I developed GERD symptoms.
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   Posted 10/22/2012 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara,
Sorry to hear you're having problems.  It sounds to me as if there is inflammation, which could have happened because of something you ate or a stomach reaction (gastritis) which generated more reflux.  The Nissen does not eliminate all reflux...just brings it down to a normal level.  It is possible to get a flare-up from time to time.
Try not to panic.  It's not a bit likely that you've done anything to your wrap.  As I recall, I had a similar situation at about 8 or 9 months post-op.  It lasted a little while, then resolved itself.  I have always found that Carafate Suspension works extremely well when my wrap gets irritated.  It coats he esophagus and stomach and helps things settle down. 
This is a prescription drug, and is quite expensive, but if you have good script insurance, it's worth the money in my estimation.  I actually keep it on hand all the time, as I have a reactive stomach.  If you don't have good insurance, you could try the generic tablet form and put it in a medicine cup, add a little water, then throw it back like a shot.  It's no as good, but definitely helps.
Be very careful what you eat while you're healing.  Stay away from rough, acidic, or spicy foods, as you won't want to irritate your already inflamed esophagus and wrap. 
Is it possible that a medication you're taking got stuck at the wrap site and irritated the area before getting through the wrap?  Sometimes food, drink, or medication can sit at the wrap and cause irritation as a result.  Let us know how your tests go...
Good luck!
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