Residuals from a Nissen Fundoplication... plz help

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Fallen57
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   Posted 5/24/2013 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
A couple years ago, my GERD was so bad that i had multiple bleeding ulcers in my esophagus. As an active duty soldier, the army gave me a Nissen Fundoplication to correct the issue. Since then i have been unable to burp, leaving me with gas pains and an inability to eat more than once a day besides small snacks. Little to say, because the explosiveness when i use the restroom, they classified it as IBS and medically seperated me out. I am still 40-50 lbs smaller than i ewas before the surgery and am unable to gain any weight. 

I am so tired of hearing how unhealthy i am andand how i look like skin and bones now. Its enough to break me down on a daily basis. It just makes the anxiety worst and worst. I feel like im stuck in a downward spiral of failing health. I cant keep living like this, please help.

DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/24/2013 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I can relate to being skin and bones.....no fun for a man. I have not had a nissen done so I can't offer any real advise but there are others here who have. Have you tried beano for the gas? Have you tried digestive enzymes to help with the IBS? Try to hang in there, I'm sure others will offer some advise.

Fallen57
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   Posted 5/24/2013 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, the army tried me on a range of different medications to help with the gas. The thing is, the Nissen is to tight so the gas just cant escape. Leaving me to wait for hours during an episode to fart for just a little release from the gas pains and bloating. The army surgeon told me the surgery was irreversible, does anyone know otherwise? I was also told the life expectancy of the surgery was 10 years. So does that mean in 10 years it may go back to normal?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/24/2013 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Fallen57

Welcome to Healing Well.

The surgeon gave you some bogus info. This can be reversed or redone. The 10 years is an average for this surgery, but can last 20 years. It just depends on how skilled the surgeon is and how the body heals. The wrap doesn't go back to normal after that time, but usually loosens or starts to slip causing a need for a redo.
That being said it sounds like the surgeon did your wrap to tight. This can be dilated to loosen it a bit, but usually takes a couple dilations to work.
Is the wrap helping with the reflux? If it is then I would suggest getting in to see a GI doctor and discus what is going on. As you know if this wrap is too tight the air and gas has only 1 exit. this can cause IBS type symptoms, but you may not actually have IBS. Dumping syndrome is common after this surgery, but usually rectifies it's self once you are fully healed, about a year.
The problem with having this undone is that you go back to the pre wrap problems and the surgery can take longer due to scar tissue.
When someone asks about this surgery we recommend them to be sure to get all the tests and find a surgeon who has done 100s or even better 1000s of these. Being a veteran my self I am fairly sure your surgeon hasn't done this many of these surgeries. I had a surgeon who hadn't done many of these for my 1st nissen and it was done incorrectly and took me almost 3 years for a different surgeon to find out what was wrong and redo mine. Best thing I have done was to find someone who specializes in Nissen redoes.

Take care,
Bill devil
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DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/25/2013 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Fallen,
Bill and Dencha are members here that probably know more about nissen do's & don'ts than most GI dr's. You'll be in good hands taking their advise. Good luck
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