Hi Case Study,
I had only the Nissen fundoplication. The reason I had the surgery was that the reflux I was getting caused my asthma to be uncontrollable. I waited far too long to get it taken care of, but one I did (four years ago) after two and a half months of healing, my lungs improved tremendously. It has improved my health and quality of life enormously.
The Nissen recovery takes 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. It takes patience and trust. Often people panic during the first weeks and months and worry that the way they feel at that point will be permanent. That couldn't be farther from the truth. It's a challenging recovery, but actually, I was prepared for much worse. I found the whole thing a pleasant surprise.
This forum helped me a lot, and I decided to stick around and help others. There aren't many positive forums out there, and this one was. I wanted to help it continue to be a helpful and supportive source for people looking for answers from others who've been through the surgery.
Of course this site is also offers support to GERD sufferers who aren't considering surgery as well.
Other than the shoulder pain, what are your symptoms?
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”