Feeling defeated, Nissen is gone!

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amo
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   Posted 11/20/2013 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my routine upper endoscopy yesterday and the doctor said my Nissen Fundo wrap was completely undone! I decided to get the Fundoplication done 5 years ago after having GERD for 17 years and finding out I had a small segment of Barrett's. After healing from the surgery I felt so great and was always recommending the surgery to others who had severe GERD. During my 5 years with the wrap I had viruses/food poisoning? The first time I could not vomit, just dry heaves. This last time I had dry heaves at first and then vomiting.
So where do I go from here. I asked the gastroenterologist and he said he would not have the surgery again and just take PPIs., he said most people Barrett's esophagus does not turn into cancer.

Thanks for listening,
Amo

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/20/2013 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that you should speak with your original surgeon or a new GI/Bariatric/general surgeon who does Nissens and ask for their opinion. I think that if the nissen really helped you, and something happened to it, then its worth looking into having it fixed.

Medication only helps the Acid, not the reflux. If your LES is shot and you are refluxing again, chances are another Nissen is what will solve your problem. Obviously a qualified surgeon who does a lot of Nissen repairs will be able to help you the most. Make sure they have done nissen redos!
Stephanie
Lap*Nissen*Fundo 8/2013
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Migraines, Anxiety, PCOS

amo
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   Posted 11/20/2013 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Stephanie. My LES does not work at all. I have chest pain, but don't really feel much in my throat like I used to. I think my husband thinks, why have it redone if it will just come apart again when you do get sick and vomit. I would like to know how many people have it redone or just goes back on meds that don't help much. My sliding hernia is back also.
Thanks again!
Mechelle,

asthma,GERD,Barrett's esophagus,chronic hip pain, depression,MCTD.

StephanieJean
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   Posted 11/20/2013 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you every carry around nausea meds with you? I have tons of them just in case and I feel like I would be so scared I would just run to the hospital if I ever felt like vomiting, its my biggest fear with a nissen.

I think its worthwhile for you to talk to a surgeon. They might want you to redo the 24hr ph monitoring to see whats really going on.

Diaas2
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   Posted 11/20/2013 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It is possible to redo an nissen. I've been told many times, especially by my surgeon, that it can be done.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/21/2013 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
amo

Since you had good results with the wrap, DO IT AGAIN! I too am wondering if you have anti nausea meds on hand? With a wrap you really should have them on hand to stop any nausea.

My LES doesn't close at all and I have had a wrap tore apart. I had my last redo 29 months ago and will have it done again if needed in the future.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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amo
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   Posted 11/21/2013 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of your advice , Stephanie, Diass2, & Bill. I kept some anti nausea drugs with me at first after my wrap but stopped keeping them with me after about a year. I cant believe how depressed it is making me feel. I will get an appointment with my previous surgeon.
Mechelle,

asthma,GERD,Barrett's esophagus,chronic hip pain, depression,MCTD.

stkitt
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   Posted 11/21/2013 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
amo,
 
Ouch, I am sorry to read of your problems but you have been advised by some of the best.  Bill has much experience with redos and even though the thought of repeat surgery is not pleasant it may be the right thing for you to do.
 
You had great luck with the original wrap.  Advocate for yourself and you should be OK.
 
I have  antiemetic medicine and my biggest sin is to leave it at home as I never know when I might need it.
 
Keep on talking with us,
Kitt
 
 
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



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