Welcome to the forum!
You sound about
the way I was before I was told I needed the Nissen. Except I refused to do the double dose of PPIs 4x a day.
This may be a silly question, but have you had the manometry, ph study,barium swallow tests done? the manometry I feel is the most important as it shows if you have any swallowing issues.
Denise has a great recovery journal in the resources section at the top of the forum too.
With my 2 nissens my shortest stay was 2 days with both my laps and 8 days with my
open, but that was a special case. I'll post links to Denise's and I's stories if you want o read them also.
Make sure your surgeon has done A LOT of these successfully and ask if he has had to do any redoes and how many. If he/she gives you a diet plan follow it to a T. Avoid soft bread, solid meat, fizzy drinks, and straws for a few months. Don;t be surprised if you feel better the 1st week and then feel worse the 2nd or 3rd. The swelling peaks around then and can cause some reflux until the swelling goes down.
Also since you have had reflux so long it will take longer for the damage to heal and you may feel like you are having reflux, but remember the esophagus basically senses all pain as heartburn.
Here are the links www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2337138
opnwhl4 Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11