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angie's mom
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   Posted 8/19/2013 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to the forum. I am having Nissen surgery next week. I also have a hiatial hernia. I'm nervous, which is be be expected. I have read where people have had more than one Nissen surgery. This makes me a little nervous. Could someone give me insight as to why you would need more than one wrap done. Also, does it make a difference in your recovery if you are the hernia repair also? Thank you. I look forward to being a part of this forum..

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/19/2013 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2337138

angie's mom

Welcome to Healing Well.

The link at the top is my story of my nissen journey. My reason for multiple nissens started with an incorrectly done nissen. I recommend anyone having this surgery to be sure their surgeon has done a lot of these successfully.
Even with my multiple nissens I would have it redone again tomorrow if it needed to be since it has changed my life so much.

The nissen is said to last on average around 10 years, but with the newer techniques I have heard of people having it last over 20 years. There are also those who's wrap only lasted a few years. The latter I believe is due to surgeon's skill, how the person's body heals, not a good candidate for this surgery, or how well they followed the recovery instructions.
Surgeon's skills and having all the tests to be sure you are a good candidate for this surgery are what I think is the most important things to have a successfully nissen.

Take care,
Bill devil
opnwhl4
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
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angie's mom
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   Posted 8/19/2013 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bill. Thank you for your response. I am so glad to hear that the surgery has changed your life. I feel confident with my surgeon. So that is a plus. I have done quite a bit of research. I was just concerned with the amount of post showing the number being redone. My goal is to have this surgery only once. Follow the directions of my doctor and have a great life. I am looking forward to next week but will confess that I am stressed about it. I'm not concerned about having to be on liquids or not eating solid food, as much as I am about swallowing problems. I get claustrophobic and am afraid that the throat issue may cause me panic problems. What is your feeling in regards to that?
I thank you.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/19/2013 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
angie's mom

There is a problem time with this surgery, some where around 2 to 3 weeks there will be peak swelling. This will make swallowing more challenging, but warm liquids can help loosen it up a bit. This phase happens kind of slowly and is slow to go away fully. Usually it's gone around 6 to 8 week mark. It's not impossible to swallow, but things can get stuck at the wrap area. This can be a feeling of a burp that won't come out to pressure there.
The reason it becomes such a problem is that this is the time you usually will start to add soft foods into your diet. If things get to sore or irritated just back off your diet to runnier foods or complete liquids for a few days.
I wouldn't think this would cause any issues due to your claustrophobia.

Take care,
Bill
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
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ericapeace2000
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   Posted 8/19/2013 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome and good luck!
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low lactose since 2012

angie's mom
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   Posted 8/19/2013 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Bill. Your information is a big help. If I know what to expect it will not be suck a shock.

angie's mom
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   Posted 8/19/2013 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Erica, I appreciate your welcome.

Dianna

dencha
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   Posted 8/19/2013 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dianna,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I see you've already met our #1 Nissen redo pro, Bill!  He has given you some great information.  I thought I'd add my positive feelings toward the Nissen surgery to his.  I had my surgery in February 2009, and have been thrilled with the results.  I had problems with the reflux creating increased asthma problems, and the surgery has done a great job of protecting my lungs. 
 
I don't know how much searching around the forum you've done, but in case you've missed it, here's a link to my early recovery journal: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443  If you read it over, you might help you get an idea of what to expect.
 
I can tell you this...attitude is everything.  If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, it will be much easier for you.  Those who struggle against what is, will find the recovery much more difficult.  If you can listen to your body, and allow it to heal in its own sweet time, you'll do just fine.  Go with the flow. Relax and accept your recovery for what it is.  No matter how much you want to, you can't rush your recovery.  You will heal and you will get back to your old self again.  It just takes time.
 
I can tell you that I live my life completely normally, and eat whatever I like.  Like you, I worried about possible negative side effects from the surgery, but have no problems at all.  You will always have to eat a little more slowly and chew your food more completely, but that is actually a healthier way to eat for anyone. 
 
It take a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  I found there were improvements even into the second year.  The first few weeks are the most difficult, but once you get those behind you, you'll have gradual improvements, and really begin to live your life quite normally. 
 
Your surgeon may have a more strict eating protocol than mine, but I can say I was able to eat a wide range of foods, as long as those foods could be chewed to a liquid/creamy consistency. Even if your surgeon has you on liquids and soft foods longer than mine did, it won't be long before you're eating a more normal (though carefully chosen) diet. 
 
Be sure to ask any other questions that my come to mind before your surgery.  Don't worry...you'll do fine!
Best wishes,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

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

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/19/2013 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
angie's mom

We try to tell it like it is let everyone know what is the worst to expect. It anyone has a better experience then that makes it even better. I think I have had about the worst recovery possible with my 1st wrap and been in the worst possible shape when my last one was done. Even with that I am very happy to have my wrap as it gave me back my QOL without having to take PPIs forever.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn, Kidney disease

Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 8/24/11

angie's mom
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   Posted 8/19/2013 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise and Bill. I really appreciate your information. I am being positive. It has been a long haul. I have had asthma problems and my voice is hoarse. Sometimes I barely even have a voice. I sound like a 100 year old heavy smoker. ha ha I have never smoked a day in my life. I know that this surgery is really going to help me, because it has to. I am not so worried about the food, eating part. I'm not a big foodie person. I think when you have felt like you have missed having fun in life due to all these issues, you are ready, mentally to put it behind you and take action. I will take your advice, and listen to what my body says. You both have really helped me. I have never participated in a forum, so this is a good experience for me. I do understand about sharing the worse case possibilities. It is always good to have that information so if you experience any of them, you are prepared. But I will confess, it is awfully nice to hear the positives as well.

Thank you,
Dianna
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