TIF reversal, need opinions.

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   Posted 4/19/2013 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
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So, I've been getting feed back from my doctors saying that they don't want to perform the nissen on me because my TIF procedure is intact and is very tight. My manometry exams indicate that my LES is working fine and my barium swallow exams show that I am great. This device was marketed as being "reversible" wondering if that will hold true when I ask my surgeon to reverse it.

My problem is that I've been having more problems dealing with my reflux after having my TIF/Hiatal hernia repair done. I was wondering if anyone on the forums has had this reversed or knows information regarding it? I'm hoping to go back to just dealing with some moderately annoying LPR symptoms and sleeping upright every night. I believe I'll be able to manage myself better without the TIF.

For some reason after I got my TIF done, I noticed within the first couple of weeks tums, or taking pepcid didn't take away my shortness of breath. In fact, tums and pepcid seemed to make my problems worse. Prior to my surgery I was capable of managing my symptoms to a point. Now, my symptoms have progressed to the point where I have daily nausea, heartburn, throat pain and nasal congestion and theres nothing I can do.

I would like to have my TIF reversed, but It wouldn't be an over night decision, definitely would love any kind of feed back regarding TIF's being reversed.

The main reason I would want to have it reversed is that it didn't fix my underlining concern for having the surgery initially, which was LPR symptoms. Also, I was doing better and was capable of managing my symptoms, unlike now, where I just deal with the pain/ annoyances 24/7.

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   Posted 4/20/2013 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Were the test done by the UW dr's? I would like to know what UW thinks of your TIF and getting a nissen.

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   Posted 4/20/2013 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had all the tests except for the barium swallow done by UW. As for the TIF, they do not like it what so ever. They don't think it makes a good valve and that it's unreliable. Haven't told them that I want it undone yet, they'll probably roll their eyes. They want me to wait on the nissen and try baclofen, which I've been on for 2 days now and haven't noticed a difference.

I would of been able to get a nissen sooner, but my Ph exam on meds should more reflux and a correlation rate below 50%...Which is strange because I did a PH exam off meds about a month before I had one done on meds and that showed I had a correlation rate above 65%.

So nothing is off the table at this point, they just want to keep delaying things...
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