Have you gotten a second opinion about whether or not you need a vagotomy? It's definitely an unusual procedure and is not used as much as it used to be. Have you had problems with ulcers that have been treated with antibiotics without improvement?
From what I've read, it used to be the route doctors took to treat ulcers. Then they found out that ulcers were actually caused by bacteria. It sounds as if your stomach makes unusually high amounts of acid, and it isn't being controlled by medication.
Have you researched your surgeon carefully, and gotten a second opinion regarding this decision? I expect you've worked hard to find the best possible Nissen surgeon, which is the most important thing you can do to ensure a great outcome.
Nissen fundoplication is an art form and takes a lot of practice to get right. Even the very best surgeon who hasn't done many, many of these procedures is not sufficient. In a large city, a Nissen surgeon should have done 1000+ procedures, and a smaller city surgeon should have done at least 300+ Nissens.
You've got one chance to have a first Nissen surgery. Be sure that you've made sure that you've selected your surgeon carefully. Many of us interviewed more than one surgeon before choosing the one that we felt was most qualified.
It's a big decision, and a hard one. Be sure to spend the time it takes to be confident that you're making the right one. We're here as your sounding board, to share our own experiences and provide you with support.
Very best wishes,
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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