Broke my nissen fundoplication?

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   Posted 10/27/2013 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello folks,

My first post here, but I've lurked around for quite some time. I received a Nissen Fundoplication about a year ago. It was a success... my heart burn away! Hooray!

However... last night I came down with some stomach bug, and I dry heaved 3 times... and the 4th I vomited what I think was some stomach acid or water (or both).

It's the next day, and tonight I just got heartburn... and it's pretty bad like I had before my surgery.

Could I have broken my fundoplication? I was cautioned against ever vomiting and told it would break it. I've been great about not... just couldn't control it last night.

I figured I either broke it, or (hoping) it is just irritated? Is there any way you can tell if it is broken?

And info or personal experiences would be wonderful.


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   Posted 10/28/2013 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
To really determine if you have disrupted your wrap they would probably want to do another baruim swallow on you. Your best bet would be to call your surgeon or your gastro, whoever you follow up with and let them know what happened.

Some people are able to vomit and you might have just really upset your wrap and your stomach. Definitely baby it, eat soft bland things and take some zantac, but I would for sure call your doctor and let them know whats going on.

I hope you feel better!

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   Posted 10/28/2013 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response and recommendation Stephanie. I called and arranged an appointment.

I have this dull aching pain right in the center of my chest, difficulty swallowing, and this persistent frog in throat type feeling. I fear I might have done some damage... UGH.

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   Posted 10/29/2013 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had the same thing happen to me several times. Most likely you have just irritated the Nissen. I have to watch my diet for about a week to let it heal again.

I had my Nissen seven years ago. I can not vomit when i get the flue and also if i lift something heavy i will get the same symptoms as you have indicated in your post.

Relaxing will help you

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   Posted 10/29/2013 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I still sometimes feel like I get heartburn myself when I dont watch my diet or I aggravate my wrap. It really makes me anxious. I still occasionally will take xantac

Are you able to burb/belch?

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   Posted 10/29/2013 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sormac,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah   yeah   yeah Glad you've joined us!
Like you, I vomited at one year post op.  Fortunately, I had anti-nausea drugs on hand, so only vomited one.  If you don't have them, I'd recommend you have some at home, and carry them with you. 
I have Zofan for mild nausea, and Compazine suppositories for when I've got a stomach bug going.  Once I've got a stomach bug/vomiting, oral meds just won't work.  They won't stay down for me.  If I did take one, it would likely come up on the next bout of nausea, and I'd have no idea how much of the med was absorbed.
I've had three vomiting episodes in the past four years after my surgery. Each time I vomited once, then took the Compazine suppository and didn't vomit again. 
My guess is that you irritated your wrap and hernia repair, and what you're feeling as "reflux" is likely an irritated, inflamed esophagus.  The pain is likely the trauma of the vomiting and retching. 
My guess is that your wrap will heal and you'll be back to normal again.  This isn't an instant fix, though, and will take time and babying. Move back to soft foods for a while, and be sure to stay away from spice, acid, alcohol, and scratchy foods.
Be sure to get scripts for those nausea meds so you don't challenge your wrap this way again.  It's the repeated violent vomiting and retching that causes problems.  So make sure you've got the meds, so when you inevitably get another stomach bug, you'll have them at the ready.
Hang in there and be patient!  It'll take a little time to heal again.
Take care,
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Post Edited (dencha) : 10/29/2013 9:18:10 AM (GMT-6)

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