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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 12/27/2012 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
HI All,

I am new to the forum but have reading your post for quite awhile. They have been very helpful in my decision to have a Nissen done.

Here is a little of my history. I have had GERD for about 20 years. It was controlled with 80 mg of Nexium a day until recently. I found myself taking 300 mg of Zantac to combat the break through. My GI changed my meds to 120 mg of dexilant which seems to be helping. He also recommended surgery. Along with the GERD I have Barrett's, they found 2 erosions in my last endo, gastoperiasis (sp), IBS, hiatal hernia and bouts with gastritis. To make a long story short my tummy is a mess. I really can't pin point why other than in my 20's and 30's I was anorexic and lived on coffee, Pepsi and cigarettes. I do not know if that has anything to do with it but they always told me I would regret being so thin. I guess I do now.

Well to get to the bottom of this. I am scheduled for surgery 1/2/2013. I wasn't very nervous until today. I know that it will be better than what I have lived with. As I have read many of you would do it again. My fear is that since I have had several operations on my tummy I will end up with an open surgery. Have any of you had this and how does recovery differ from the lap?

I guess I am also looking for support and assurance that I have made the right decision.

Thanks for listening.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 12/27/2012 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill our moderator has had both types of surgery. He says it was easier having the open method.

I think the recovery is a little longer on the open. When I had the lap done I had 5 "bullet holes" that healed over in about three weeks.
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   Posted 12/28/2012 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Glad you've found our online community. It’s a great place to connect with others traveling the same'll find much support, encouragement and advice from others who understand.

I've missed welcoming several new members as I've been off-line dealing with my own health issues  since the middle of August so i thought I would do a big shout out welcome to all new comers. Glad you found us but sorry you are suffering with GERD/heartburn.
Your surgery is coming up fast so I am glad to know you have been reading and I hope your surgery is successful. 
From what you have posted you have been under your Drs. care and you are at the point where surgery is your best option so please know that I will keep you in my prayers and all goes well.  Let us hear from you post op so we can help you on the road to healing.
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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 1/7/2013 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I am 5 days post fundo. I have not had anything really to eat for 3 weeks with 2 more to go. I am not sure if the procedure worked or not since I have not been able to eat. On a liquid diet. I have been sipping soup, tea and ice cream. Not having much trouble with those. I know that my doctor told me I probably would not be able to belch but I have. So I am guessing this is a good sign. My real pain is in the areas of the umbilical and incisional hernias that he also had to repair. From what my husband said part of my stomach was in my chest from the hiatial hernia that would explain the chest pains I was having. I guess I am not far enough long to suggest anyone having this done but I do know that so far I stressed out way to much.
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