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Case study
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   Posted 4/5/2013 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello~
 
 
      I had my heller myotomy surgery last Friday and I am still experiencing shoulder pain is that normal?
      I want to join the navy as a officer in the nursing field. Do anyone know since I had surgery on my esophagus will the navy still allow me to join. That was my dream after nursing school to join the navy, but now I don't what to do or think and I am so scared that they will tell me no. 
 
Thank you
 

dencha
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   Posted 4/5/2013 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Case Study,
 
Welcome to Healing Well!  Did you get a Nissen fundoplication with your Heller myotomy?  I understand that it is often done.  Yes, shoulder pain is totally normal.  Your surgeon pumped you full of gas to make it possible to see the surgical field where they did the work.  In addition to that, your diaphragm was likely irritated. Both these things can cause the referred shoulder pain. 
 
If you can get up and start walking, it can really make a difference.  I had the shoulder pain after my Nissen fundoplication surgery, and I found the more I walked, the less my shoulder hurt.  So get walking, and you should see an improvement.
 
Glad you've joined the forum!
Happy healing!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
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Case study
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   Posted 4/5/2013 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi~

Denise, thank you for the information. Its sad to say that I don't know if I receive a Nissen fundoplication, but I will call my doctor officer on Monday morning to find out. I am a nursing student so I do a lot walking at school and around my house. Are you still having symptoms? Do you think it possible in the future I will have this surgery again. My doctor stated that CAUSE is unknown on how I got this chronic illness.


Thank you

dencha
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   Posted 4/6/2013 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
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?
Happy healing!
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
Eckhart Tolle

dencha
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   Posted 4/6/2013 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Case Study,
I was interested in learning more about your procedure and found a couple of articles I think will be helpful to you.  The first one is a study, and in it there is mention of the fact that a partial fundoplication is now routine with Heller myotomy.  A Nissen is a full wrap, but many who have reflux surgery have partial wraps of different kinds.  It looks like they do an anterior partial wrap with your procedure.  Here's the link:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1357127/

 

Also, I found information on anterior fundoplication, so you can read about it:

http://www.rcsed.ac.uk/RCSEDBackIssues/journal/vol45_2/4520024.htm

I hope the information is helpful.  If you have any questions about how to handle the fundoplication part of the surgery, that's up my alley.  Just ask.  One thing I would mention right away is that your surgery site will become increasingly more swollen over the first two weeks to peak on or about 14 days.  Don't be surprised if your surgery gets worse before it gets better. It will get better, though, so don't worry!
 
Happy healing,
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
Eckhart Tolle

Case study
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   Posted 4/6/2013 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Good day,

Denise you have been so helpful. I will look at sites.


once again thank you
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