I'm glad to see that you've gotten lots of good information and support from Bill. There was one thing that stuck out in your post, and I thought I ought to respond to it. You said your surgeon had done about 80 procedures. That's not many. I know that in smaller cities there are fewer patients, so it's harder to get the large numbers of Nissens that surgeons in large cities have. Still, around here we recommend hundreds in small cities and a thousand plus in large cities. My city has a population of about 250,000 and my surgeon had done 300+ surgeries.
I'm not saying that it's impossible to get a good result from someone who has less experience. However, your odds of a good result increase with the increase in the surgeon's experience and skill level. A great surgeon who is generally very highly thought-of and skilled, may not have the required level of Nissen experience in particular. It's really an art form that requires lost of experience.
I just felt I had to speak to that issue, since Bill is doing a great job on the length of Nissen lifetime issue. I've met a couple people here who've had Nissens lasting 20 years or so. Still, if you need it, and are suffering (or your esophagus and/or lung health is suffering) does it really matter how long it lasts? If your doctors are pushing you in that direction, I suggest you go with it. It's not easy to get a GI doc to say that the Nissen is the right way to go. They consider it a last resort surgery, as well they should. I wish you well with your decision!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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