Back in April I had the TIF procedure. It worked for a while, but recently if I drink a normal amount of liquid (any liquid- water, milk, juice, alcohol, you name it) with a meal, I experience regurgitation. Even when the TIF worked at its best, I still experienced one LPR symptom that just would not give up.
A few weeks ago I ended up in the ER because of a gallbladder attack. My gallbladder ultimately was removed, but before that happened, I threw up. A lot. Until there was nothing left in my stomach at all. That seemed to be the straw that broke the camel's back, and the TIF was done for. (My boyfriend kept telling the ER staff that I wasn't supposed to be throwing up, but it still took them 3 hours to give me Zofran.)
Today I went in for a follow-up appointment with my surgeon (for the gallbladder surgery) and discussed the issues I am having with him. Much to my disappointment, I found out that I cannot have the LINX system implanted, but I can still go with nissen fundoplication. I really don't want to live the rest of my life with regurgitation, excessive mucus, and a lump in my throat, so I'm scheduled to have surgery this Thursday. It was now or around Thanksgiving, and I'd like to have a shot at eating somewhat normally by then, so I decided to get it over with.
Thanks to the knowledge and skill of my surgeon, and the many people who have posted their experiences here, I feel like I was able to make an educated decision about this procedure. I'm terrified (I'm a worrier), but optimistic. I plan to continue to post with the hope that my posts can help out others as they weigh the options available.