My Nissen Problems.

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   Posted 12/13/2012 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissen w/ Fundoplication in March 2009. My surgery was to reverse a Hiatus Hernia(80% of my stomach was herniated into my chest cavity) and the Hernia had also caused me to have Grade 4 Reflux Esophagitis. Since then I've developed swallowing problems and like most people with the surgery, throwing up is impossible. I've also had continuing bouts of Chronic Pancreatitis and even had my Gall Bladder taken out to try and stop the Pancreatitis to no avail. I've recently started getting the reflux again and the problems with swallowing and it being real painful have recently gotten much worse. Can anyone recommend a specialist near West Virginia that might be able to help me?

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   Posted 12/13/2012 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ClydeV,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Sorry to hear you're having trouble.  You had your Nissen a short time after mine.  It sounds as if you've got some non-related issues that are exacerbating your Nissen problems.  Not a good situation!
Cleveland Clinic in Ohio is rated the #2 best GI hospital in he US, and Ohio is relatively close to West VA.  I have a friend from Michigan who had her Nissen there, thinks very highly of Dr. Rice, a thoracic surgeon there.(
I hope you find help soon.  It sounds as if you're dealing with way too many uncomfortable and disconcerting issues.  I wish you well, and hope you find a great doc who can get you straightened around again.
Did you always have swallowing problems post-Nissen?  I wonder if your surgeon did your wrap too tight.  While I take anti-nausea drugs when I feel like I'm going to throw up, I've been caught offguard a couple times, and I did throw up.  It took a little longer to get it started, but once going it was not difficult at all.  I immediately medicated myself, as vomiting and retching are very hard on a wrap. 
It shouldn't be painful to swallow.  You need to get some help quickly.  I know pancreatitis is extremely difficult and painful.  I'm so sorry you're dealing with that on top of everything else. 
I think Cleveland Clinic would be a great place for you to get help.  I know it's a bit of a hike (it's 5 hours from Morgantown), but would be well worth the effort. 
Good luck!
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Post Edited (dencha) : 12/13/2012 8:53:09 PM (GMT-7)

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