Nissen fundoplication and pregnancy

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   Posted 2/22/2013 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone know if pregnancy is safe after having nissen fundoplication surgery? I eventually want to have kids, but I'm afraid that if I have surgery, a pregnancy will cause damage to the wrap from the pressure.

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   Posted 2/22/2013 11:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KitKat,
If I were you, I'd consult with a GI doc, and hopefully get referred to a really great Nissen surgeon.  Meet with them both and discuss your concerns and see what they say.  I can't believe that a Nissen would preclude fact, if you're prone to reflux, being pregnant without a Nissen could be horrible.  I had heartburn for the first time when pregnant.  If I'd had GERD back then, I don't know how I'd be able to take it.  Also, it would help you avoid taking PPIs during pregnancy, which must be a good thing.
Here's a thread with some forum members discussing pregnancy after Nissen:
Here's a quote from another forum on the topic:
I just had the fundo this past Aug. 27th and I asked the surgeon after the operation about childbirth and delivery. I plan to have kids within a few years. He said I would actually be at an advantage because most people get heartburn anyways during pregnancy and it would have made the condition worse, had I not had the surgery. I also asked him if there was anyway I could do damage to the wrap during delivery and he said no. I hope this helps. 
So, there are others who have asked the same question.  You could probably Google the topic and find lots of information out there. Just consult with your doc or surgeon and have a chat about it.  I'm sure you'll get the information you need.
Good luck with your decision!
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   Posted 5/7/2013 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   

What did you end up finding out? I am in the same boat, considerign surgery but wanting to keep pregnancy a possibility.

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   Posted 7/4/2013 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
According to my dr about 1/2 get reglux returning after pregnancy and 1/2 of those require redo surgery. I've had a fundo and want children, my surgeon said I wouldnt cope with pregnancy without it but i would happily have redo if it meant I could have children.

Hope that helps

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   Posted 7/4/2013 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I met with my surgeon last week and his main concern, if I were thinking about having more kids (which I'm not) is the inability to vomit. That could be hard for you, but ofcourse so would the reflux. Either way, babies are worth it :)

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   Posted 7/5/2013 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
That's brilliant yeah
I've already vomited once since my fundo so that shouldn't be a problem!!! I also suffer from an estrogen intolerance so the slightest bit of odd hormones is gonna make me vom!
I think they would be worth having a refo fundo for turn

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   Posted 8/4/2014 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had 2 healthy babies after mine was done. I gained about 100 pounds between the 2 and took the weight off. I am about 220 and 5ft7. I did need a re-do. My reflux was horrible but the surgery was fine the 2nd time. I would say better than the 1st time really.
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