Nissen Fundo - April 30th!

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TonyG
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Date Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 4/11/2013 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Fellow GERD'rs!

I'm 39, and have been living with GERD since my teenage years. I'm finally at the point where it's gotten so bad that I'm scheduled for a Nissen Fundo on April 30th. Apparently PPI's 4'xs a day isn't helping anymore! mad

Anyway, I'm a little apprehensive about the procedure but most of all, the recovery process. I'm confident my surgeon is well skilled at the procedure so that doesn't worry me as much as what life will be like the first few days/weeks/months post-op. Would anyone be willing to share their experiences? What was your recovery like? How long were you in the hospital after your surgery? Any complications?

Thanks in advance (as I swallow another Protonix...),
-TonyG-

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7181
   Posted 4/11/2013 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi TonyG,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I found this site shortly before my surgery a little over four years ago.  I got so much help I decided to stick around and help others the way I was helped. 
 
Here's a link to my early recovery journal:
 
I was prepared for a horrible recovery experience, and was pleasantly surprised.  If you can surrender to your recovery and accept things as they come, you'll find it much easier.  People who struggle against what is, have a lot of trouble accepting this recovery.  Go with the flow.  Allow your body to heal at its own pace and don't try to rush it. 
 
Glad you've joined us!  This is a great place to ask questions and get support.  Be sure to ask any questions that come up.
Take care,
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

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opnwhl4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 4/12/2013 1:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony-

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=2183443

www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2337138

Take care,
Bill devil
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

TonyG
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Date Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 4/12/2013 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to you both, Denise and Bill!

Bill to answer your questions, yes, I've run the gamut of tests. 2 EGD's (the first one to dilate my esophagus after finding a significant schatzky ring and the second as a follow-up, the manometry and pH study (AWFUL experiences), and the barium swallow. The barium swallow was fascinating to watch on the monitor!

Denises' journal was the first one I read once finding this forum and based on what I've seen here not just in her journal but what others have documented, I don't have much to worry about as long as I'm patient and follow directions.

Many thanks to you both....and be well!

-Tony-

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 4/12/2013 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell. This is Kitt and I am glad to meet you. You've found a safe, secure, and reliable support community for people battling a range of health issues. We have many fellow members here who will be glad to lend and ear, offer information and provide support so stick with us as we are here for you as we are for all of HW's members.
 
I am posting the link to another members pre and post op journal.  I find reading positive posts balance out my anxiety over posts from members having trouble. 
 
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2337374
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



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