Yep, had my last redo as an open surgery. I actually preferred it to my 2 lap nissens. No shoulder pain and seemed to be able to advance my diet a bit easier. They gave me an elastic band to help hold my stomach muscles during recovery and it helped a lot getting up and down. If I need another redo I am going to ask for an open surgery.
My incision is from the bottom of my sternum to about 2 inches above my belly button. My pain wasn't any worse than my lap surgeries once I went home. I did have to stay in the hospital for a week though.
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11