I'll do my best to answer your questions:
Are most of the fundoplications being performed now laparoscopic or is that only a small portion of them?
Nissen fundoplication surgery has been performed since 1955. In the beginning, all these surgeries were open. With the development of the laparoscopic technique (15-20 years ago), the use of the open procedure has declined. Today, laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication is the norm, so most people posting here have had that procedure. open procedures are only done when there are specific contraindications and the laparoscopic route is not possible.
How long do most laparoscopic patients take to get back to work?
A Nissen is major surgery. Many surgeons tell patients they will be able to get back to work in two weeks. It is possible, as long as there is no physical lifting, etc. involved, but not without a toll being taken on the individual. Everyone is different, and younger patients recover more quickly than older ones.
I was teaching second grade when I had my surgery and thought I would go back half days at two weeks. Because of illness in my classroom and my own particular lung issues, this wasn't possible and I stayed out for 6 weeks, instead. It was heavenly to be able to take that long to recovery without the stress of work. If I hadn't have the lung issues I did, and my classroom wasn't so sick, I probably would have managed just fine at 4 weeks.
Two weeks will be pushing it for you. You'll still be tired and be having some pain. Depending on how tough you are, and how motivated, you can manage. There are quite a few who've had to go back to work quite soon after surgery. Before I had mine, I met someone who'd gone back to her work as a dental hygienist after just one week. I can't even imagine that.
Hopefully others will be by soon to provide you with more of their work-after-Nissen experience. Good luck with your decision.
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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