Upcoming hiatal hernia and fundiplication

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IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/1/2012 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a 6 cm defect in my diaphragm with about 1/3 of my stomach in my chest. My gerd is reasonably contained by 40 mg Prilosec daily.. But have chronic inflammation of esophagus. Surgeon recommends fixing large hiatal hernia defect with fundiplication. I am a little scared about the surgery and the future eating problems. I understand the need to repair the hernia, but fundopliction scares me. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. thanks.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/2/2012 4:54 AM (GMT -6)   
IlliniFan-

Welcome to Healing Well.

For me the Nissen has been a life changer for the good. There are a lot of people here who have been helped by this surgery. Please go back through the threads and read up on it.

Most people think the surgery was a failure after only a few weeks, but it takes 6 months to a year to get the full effect. Yes it is a long recovery, but well worth the wait if it is needed.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11

Alcie
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   Posted 11/2/2012 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum

Don't worry about eating problems. For most of us they go away and you're better off than you are now. It takes a long time, but if the surgeon thinks it is necessary I'd do it.

dencha
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   Posted 11/2/2012 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi illinifan,
Welcome to the Healing Well GERD forum!   It's a great place to get lots of information and support as you make your decision regarding Nissen fundoplication surgery.  I found this wonderful group of people when like you, I was trying to decide whether or not to have the surgery.  In case you haven't seen it in your search of the forum, here's my early recovery journal:
 
Hopefully it will provide you with a glimpse into what an early recovery looks like.  If you scroll down through the journal I posted my feelings about the surgery.  I know that there are many scary posts online, which is why I was drawn to Healing Well. The people I met here provided by far the most positive, yet realistic, information about the Nissen fundoplication surgery I was able to find anywhere online.
 
Good luck with your decision.  Be sure to ask if you have any additional questions!
Best wishes,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/2/2012 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. Saw cardiologist for ok for surgery today and discussed my fear do fundoplication with her and was reassured by her too. I am wondering about a realistic return to work time frame. Surgeon says as little as 2 weeks, but his nurse who is an acquaintance of my was shaking her head no. I work in a hospital doing mostly desk work, but do push patients in wheel chairs frequently. What was your experience on returning to work?

edtorres1
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   Posted 11/13/2012 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Illini,

I returned to work within a week but I mostly work at the desk and just "push papers" and make phone calls. A week would have been too early, in my opinion, if I had to push patients in wheel chairs.

In your situation I would think at least 2 weeks. You will know within that first weeks if you will be able to return on week 2. Good luck..

dencha
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   Posted 11/13/2012 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Illinifan,
Some people manage to return to their jobs at the two week mark if they absolutely need to. Some can't afford to stay out longer, and return to work with some limitations from their surgeon.  In your case, I'd recommend that you not push wheelchairs for a few more weeks...probably the 6 week mark.
 
If you have sick time and can afford to stay out longer, please do.  You'll feel better the longer you can wait.  The other option is going back half time, which might be a good way to start.
 
Good luck!
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”Eckhart Tolle

IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/13/2012 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise! I am planning on taking 4 weeks off with a possibility of taking 2 more if needed. I have plenty of sick time, but it leaves my coworker very overwhelmed when I am not there. I am almost 62 so I am not a youngster anymore! This group has given me much more information on what to expect and lessenned my fear a tremendous amount. I was so worried with all the NF horror stories.

Worrisome
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   Posted 11/13/2012 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone.  I am new to the forum.  I am schedule for surgery 7 Dec 12 for a toupett (partial) wrap, base on my testing this is what my surgeon thinks is best for me.  I am very worried about the whole thing.  I read everything I can get my hands on but still feel like I don't know everything I need to know. 
 
Point One: I have no thyroid (Hashimoto), it was taken out back in 93.  I am overweight and lack excerise.  I do not smoke nor drink.  I have been alot of left side hip, chest and leg pain which one of my thyroid drs thought it might be lyme disease she order a test and stated it came back positive (15 Oct)  I was not convince on the results, but took the doxy (antibotic) for almost three weeks.  The treatment made me anger, upset and ill.  mad   I decided to asked for a Infectious Disease dr.  Who ran a bunch of test in which all came back negative.  That was the good part the bad part was taking meds I didn't need.  Now I am hoping I don't get any side effects from taking so much antibotics. 
 
Point TwO:  I still have the left side pain.  I read all the good things the surgery does once you give it time.  However, all agree with the shoulder, rib and bloating pain.  If I can't get the pain on my left side resolve I fear that I will be in greater pain than I have too.  Bringing this up with my drs.
 
Point Three:  I don't have alot of sick time so how long will I be out?  I do computer work, no lifting or anything to hard at work.  I do walk alot but that seems to be good for the pain.  I also work with a bunch of drs and a great hospital is just across the street if I need any ER help.  So is one week to bold?
 
Point Four:  Should I push back my surgery for a couple of months until I get my left side under control.  The toupett surgery is not a life or death measure.  Or should I push forward.  My cardio and psych dr thing I should and of course the dr who is doing the toupet.  Still have this gut feeling or waiting.
 
I just need some guidance to make the right choice.  I hope the wrap club can help.  smilewinkgrin

dlc1957
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   Posted 11/14/2012 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Had nisson & hh repair 10/31,Happy Halloween??? I think getting the best surgeon is the key to success! Mine actually brought the surgery to his hospital and insists on questions and making sure his patients know about their  surgery! He also teaches residents.He really is amazing! The only problems I had were with shockingly horrible nurses,research is vital so you know what not to do! The only other problem was my getting the idea

Worrisome
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   Posted 11/15/2012 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
How have you been doing since your surgery? I did research my dr he is top on the list of drs to do this procedure in VA. Plus the nurse who did my testing is a pt of his. She had it done 9 yrs ago and is very happy. She highly recommended him. How soon where you able to go back to work or any of your activities.

jennas40
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   Posted 11/16/2012 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
how can u see if your sergeon has done these surgerys
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