Welcome to Healing Well! I had a laproscopic (not robotic) Nissen in February 28th, 2009. Like you, I fretted over the decision and worried a lot about the possible negative side effects. When you Google the procedure, the internet is filled with horrible stories of terrible outcomes.
I had the surgery because my reflux was causing my asthma to be uncontrollable. My lungs were in a dangerous condition. I didn't know if the surgery would cure me, and was afraid that I'd end up with debilitating side effects for the rest of my life. Reading the posts that are all over the Web, it's easy to be scared.
I had the surgery because I didn't have a choice. I had to try. If it didn't work, at least I could rule out reflux as the cause. I was prepared for a horrible recovery and was very pleasantly surprised. Here's my early recovery journal:
Keep in mind that Nissen results and side effects are skewed in online forums. People with problems are more likely to post and seek help on the internet.
In my experience, after participating in this forum for the past four years, many of the scary posts are written by people who are experiencing normal healing symptoms. Surgeons don't tend to prepare their patients for the recovery, and often set unrealistic expectations. (Recently I heard of one surgeon who said he had patients who went golfing after the first week. That isn't going to happen, and shouldn't.)
Sometimes the problems these people are experiencing are a by product of poor surgical procedure of an inexperienced Nissen surgeon. It is very important to research your surgeon very carefully and be sure to look for one who is experienced in the Nissen procedure in particular. It's an art form, and requires practice and experience to get it right.
I lead a normal life post-Nissen. I eat anything I want to eat, and don't even think of my wrap. That said, I do have a very sensitive and reactive stomach, so there are times when that bothers me. It's not wrap-related and unique to me.
This is, I'm sure, nothing new to you, but here's a link to information regarding GERD treatment options:
Good luck making your decision!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
"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.”