Partial Fundoplication coming up

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   Posted 12/14/2013 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   

I have scheduled a partial fundoplication for January, and would like to hear from some others who have had this done. I've found lots of people on here with the Nissen, but haven't seen much in the way of a partial. I had initially met with my surgeon to discuss the LINX, but after all the testing, that (and the Nissen) were out of the question due to a very poor motility in my esophogus.

I understand that some of the side effects are not as severe (or possibly not even present) with a partial wrap vs the Nissen. But, there are a couple of things I'm particularly worried about. First, I cough and clear my throat a lot right now, which I know is a direct result of the GERD. I am nervous about whether these things will persist after surgery, and if they will negatively impact my recovery time.

If anybody here has had a partial wrap, I'd love to hear about your experiences.

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   Posted 12/14/2013 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wes_CO

I had the partial (toupet ) on the 12th November.

I'm not sure that I can be much help as it's still early days for me.

I had the toupet because my surgeon prefers them because you can still burp after so are less likely to get bloat. I can confirm that I can burp and I have no issues with bloat.

I still have issues but I'm not sure if that's just the internal swelling/healing. I do feel that I have reflux still but I've found out that many feel this and it can pass with time.

Swallowing hasn't been too bad although sometimes it feels like I'm trying to swallow a football.

I've had chest pain and tightness - although that seems to have subsided a lot . I get pain in the area of my wrap but I guess this is just normal for now.

My reflux affected my tongue. It went white and tingly and feels "hairy" so far these symptoms haven't gone which makes me wonder if I still have reflux.

I stopped taking my ppi's after surgery but was getting lots of pains which I thought was heartburn and all the other symptoms that go along with it. I saw my surgeon who still believes it's worked and he told me to start taking my ppi's again but I'm not sure if it's helped.

So I can't tell you if it's worked it's just too early to say.

Do you know what causes your gerd is it a weak sphincter or do you have a hiatus hernia ?

I had a hiatus hernia which I believe caused all my problems so I had this repaired too.

Your right in that there are not too many people that have had the partial wrap. Barry on this forum had a 200 wrap due to motility problems his user name is Baza. You could get in touch with him and ask for his advise.

If there is anything else I can help with then just ask.


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   Posted 12/14/2013 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for your response. From what I understand the total recovery will take around 6 weeks, so maybe you're nearing the end of it.

I have a few problems that are causing the reflux. I do have a hernia, but also have a weak sphincter, as well as the motility issues. I actually had an EndoCinch done about 10 years ago, which helped for a while, but has deteriorated over time. This is what led me to looking into some new options.

What kind of diet have you been on post-surgery?

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   Posted 12/14/2013 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is a link to a wonderful and informative post by one of our members who had the partial wrap:
Just click on the link :-)
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   Posted 12/14/2013 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   

I followed my surgeons advise which was a liquid/sloppy diet for a few days and them to introduce other foods.

I still mainly follow this but I do occasionally try other foods. Yesterday I had a sandwich which was fine then an hour later I had another sandwich which was difficult to get down. No rhyme or reason to it ! Even a yoghurt can be difficult to swallow sometimes. I just never know.

I assume you've probably been through the restricted eating when you had the EndoClinch.


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   Posted 12/14/2013 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hiya Wes-Co, a partial fundoplication is the right way to go if you have motility problems. I had a undiagnosed motility problem and was given a 360 nissen and had a pretty rough time with it,i would say it was worse than my acid reflux.I had redo to 200 degree 7 weeks ago and the difference is fantastic as far a swallowing goes,still have a few issues yet,mainly bloating and odd pains here and there,not reflux pains though.
The linx would not suit a person with swallowing problems as good strong swallow is needed to open the magnetic beads.
You should definitely see an improvement in your symtoms after your surgery. Barry

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   Posted 12/15/2013 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome aboard.

Realistically expect the healing time to be more like 6 months to a year. Yes your incisions will be healed pretty well after 6 weeks and you may be able to eat quite a few different things, but it can take a few months before solid meats and soft bread is able to go down well.

This is major surgery and your insides will need time to heal. Even with a partial wrap the same basic things are done, they just don't wrap all the way around.Please read the nissen threads also so you have a real grasp of what the recovery process is. Most doctors really don't have a clue as to what it's really like since they haven't been through it.

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   Posted 12/15/2013 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for all the replies, this is some really great information. I read through the post from Maggie about her experience, which gave me some good ideas for what to eat afterwards. I know the recovery is going to take a while, so I will have to find some way to be super patient (not a characteristic of mine!).

Barry, I'm sorry to hear what you went through, but glad to see that I'm having the right thing done. I initially went to this particular surgeon becuase he's the only one in my state that does the LINX, but it turns out that he specializes in dismotility as well. He very rarely does the Nissen, and far more often does a partial wrap for his patients (or a TIF for that matter). I'm just grateful he's done all of the appropriate testing!
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