Repeat surgery nissen funlop is it possible?

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   Posted 1/15/2013 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible to repeat this op 12years after, my symptoms back? Anyone had this done twice? What was outcome? My Consultant thinks I will not get any benefit but cant think what else to go for an cant tolerate pills.

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   Posted 1/15/2013 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi reet22,
Sorry you're facing a redo, but indeed, redos provide great relief.  One moderator here, Bill, has had 3 (the first was done incorrectly, the second fixed it and all was wonderful. Then he had an unrelated issue and was forced into a third when a doc damaged the second with complications after an endoscopy accident.  I'm not explaining the reason for the third one properly, but it wasn't a spontaneous fail.)
One of the reasons I felt comfortable to get my Nissen (Feb. 2009) was because of the very positive attitudes of others who had received redos, or were anxiously looking forward to their redo surgery.  Of course nobody wants to need a redo, but should it happen, it's good to know that the option is available.
I do know that surgeons don't do redos lightly, and that it's even more important to get the very best Nissen surgeon to do it.  It's important to find someone who is experienced in the redo procedure, as it is much trickier than the first.
Is it possible that the redo won't fix you as perfectly as the first?  Sure.  That's always a risk.  I think your surgeon may be refering to research saying that the results aren't as good as with the first Nissen.  But what's the alternative?  Often people don't get 100% protection from symptoms (especially LPR) after Nissen, but the symptoms are greatly improved and the improvement is welcomed. 
Hopefully, Bill will be by to weigh in soon and provide you with some comfort.  He's thrilled with his outcomes and has done very well post Nissen #3. 
You'll have to search out a surgeon.  Take your time and research him/her throughly.  It's the most important step. Once you've found the right one, you'll be ready to get he redo done and get back to enjoying your life again!
Best wishes in your search for answers!
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Post Edited (dencha) : 1/15/2013 6:38:04 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/15/2013 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   

You sure can have a redo. It can do just as well as the first or better, depending on the surgeon. Since my first was done wrong my first redo was better than my first nissen. My 2nd redo is just as good as my 1st redo. It's been 17 months since my last redo and all is good. I eat and drink whatever I want to.
The key is to find a surgeon who specializes in redoes. My first redo was done lap and my last was done as an open surgery. It was done open because just 6 months earlier I had an esophageal tear that had finally healed all the way. They had to go though my chest and I had a lot of scar tissue, so my surgeon knew the best way to take care of the scar tissue and get a good wrap was to do it open. I actually preferred the open surgery to the lap. Sounds silly, but I didn't have to typical issues with the gas like shoulder pain or dumping. The one incision really wasn't any more painful to me than the 4 or 5 little ones with the lap. Now this could be because I just had an 11inch thoracotomy and 2 chest tubes for over 2 months, not sure. I do know that if I need another redo I am asking for it to be done open again.

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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
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