Hello, My name is Ashley. I 36 year old male that like so many have had the pleasure of having Fundoplication due to a hiatal hernia. At the time I was already in pretty good health. I weighed 225 pounds so a little overweight but not the driving reason for having this surgery.
I had horrible reflux all the time and had since I was about
18 years old. I had visisted many doctors over the years and they all did the same thing. They treated me with medication. I hated this because I wanted a fix and taking a pill for the rest of my life was not very appealing to me.
It wasn't until I began seeing an ENT for allerigies in December 2012 that he determined that a lot of my nasal trouble was due to the reflux... I had my surgery laproscopically January of 2013. The surgery went really well. in fact from January to early October 2013 having this surgery seemed to be a life changing event. I was feeling well, lost a lot of weight, was eating healthier, didn't have to take 40mg of Protonix twice a day... Life was great! My sinuses cleared up no more nagging coughing or clearing my throat. I was a new man!
One night in early November 2013 I had a pressure pain right below my lower sternum. It was bad enough that I was not able to sleep. I went back to my ENT which was the Doctor that referred me to the Bariatric Surgeon that did my fundo surgery. The ENT gave me some medication to help until I could see the operating surgeon and went ahead and ordered a Barrium Swallow which proved that I was refluxing again and was indeed symptomatic and had an inflamed esoph.
After getting an appointment and seeing the Bariatric surgeon that did my fundoplication and he reviewed the results of my barium swallow, you would have thought that I carried an infectious disease. He was great during my recovery... but on this visit he acted like he was annoyed that I came back to him with some concerns.
I wasn't upset if anything I thought that I had done something to damage the wrap. The surgeon referred me to a Gastro and pretty much pawned me off. This was very upsetting. Especially since I had several months of relief! I would have had the surgery again in a second!
I saw the Gastro and he wanted to schedule me for Endoscopy and said he thought that it could probably be controlled with medication. I thought, "Here we go again". I scheduled the procedure but in the interim, I went back to my ENT. My ENT is excellent! He asked me how I felt about
the entire situation before he offered his opinion.
I explained to him my concern that I am right back to where I was prior to having the surgery. I told him that I didn't mind having endoscopy again but the barium swallow proved that I am refluxing and I am having reflux again. My ENT agreed and did not approve of how the operating surgeon treated me by basically saying not my problem and passing me on.
I don't understand this attitude change? After he talked to me for 2 minutes he handed me a card and said he hoped the Gastro could help me. I was really happy with the results up to this point! My ENT said he would make it a point not to send him any more of his patients.
Obviously I will never know if he does or does not send any more fundo candidates to this surgeon but I hate to think that another patient would be treated the way I was. My ENT called another Bariatric surgeon while I was at his office and explained to him my case and told him what had happened. How I had been a success case and now was right back where I started. I have an appointment 12/2/13 to see this new surgeon.
He advised my ENT that I might have potentially damaged the wrap or maybe it had relaxed in which case a repair could be done. He did state that I might even be a candidate for non-cutting fundoplication if the wrap is in fact the problem. He also stated that he would be able to tell upon my office visit if the wrap had come lose or stretched... The way the cutless fundo was explained to me was that there are no incision externally like the 4 or 5 I had in the laproscopic procedure. Instead he said they go down your throat! Has anyone had this? I was never told about
this alternative method in the past? Curious to know anyones experinces with this?
Thanks for reading my fellow wrap bros and sisters!
Ashleyadded text breaks fir easier reading
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