My Nissen for Laryngreal Esophageal Reflux

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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/30/2013 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody -- new here but not new to the Nissen Fundoplication. I had mine laparoscopically in 2003. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself health-wise. I was 49 when I had the surgery.

I had laryngeal esophageal reflux (LER) - none of the classic symptoms of acid burning, fullness, etc. I had an insane explosive constant cough, recurrent bronchial infections, reactive airways disease, sinus infections, pneumonia, etc. My wheezing was out of control so I saw a pulmonary physician and that saved me -- he did not think I had any true airway problems other than aspirating particles of food and liquid into my lungs on a constant basis -- He explained LER to me and referred me to an ENT who scoped me and told me my larynx looked like a fried doughnut from all of the acid.

I saw the surgeon and he performed the surgery - No fallout from the laparoscopy - 3 little holes in my stomach and one in the belly button. I had the typical paranoia that water was going to stay in a puddle in the back of my throat forever and I would have to live on pureed food. That all went away in time and with patience. I can eat just about anything now -- peeled oranges and some meats are less easy for me, though.

The only thing that bothered me and still bothers me is not being able to throw up -- I am not all wound up about it, though. I keep nausea pills on-hand in case of that and I have only had a couple of incidents over 10 years with stomach virus, and one food poisoning -- those resolved through another outlet, though. I still had the typical gagging, etc. which is no fun whether you can throw up or not.

My quality of life has been enhanced so much by this surgery.

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Date Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 8/30/2013 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Holeysocks

Very happy for your success nissen surgery! I have a couple of questions.

1, How long did you bear with LPR before you finally went to see the surgeon?

2, Are you totally symptom-free now? Because I heard that nissen is not as effective for LPR as for typical Gerd.

3, What lifespan of your nissen is expected by your surgeon?

4, Did you ever do any endoscopy follow-up during the ten years?

Sorry for my so many questions. I really want to figure out a solution, thanks so much!

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