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   Posted 2/24/2014 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I had surgery for GERD and a small hiatal hernia back in late Sept. I was told it was a loose wrap and I'm worried it was too lose. I had the surgery when no medicine prevented reflux. I had even tried combinations of multiple medicines. The surgery seemed to have gone real well, but in Dec, my symptoms came back. I got on here and it was suggested that I had just overdone it for the hollidays and to take it easy on what I ate. I did and started taking Zantac again, once a day. The symptoms went away and everything was fine. I don't want to be on Zantac (or any other meds) the rest of my life so I stopped the Zantac three days ago. Tonight I made chicken smothered burittios and the symptoms are back with a vengence. I took my Zantac but for tonight it's not working. Gonna start back on it in the morning.

I was wonderng if anyone else whose had the surgery has had sypmtoms return. I'm pretty well healed at 5 months. I know it can take up to a year, but I shouldn't be having symptoms. I plan to see the doc again in the next week or two but would like to hear what everyone has to say. I'm feeling pretty sick right now. Am I just doomed to be taking antacids the rest of my life?

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Nissen 09/25/13

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   Posted 2/24/2014 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I am post NF one year in about 15 more days. I am sure my results are atypical. I had a HH repair and a full floppy at Keesler AFB hospital. I had been on Nexium for years with good results as far as the control of acid when I watched my diet and ate my major meal early in the day. If I didn't, I had nightly silent reflux. I did all of the mechanical things--elevating the head of the bed, etc. but still woke up coughing-up reflux and choking. I finally had a serious lung abcess and decided to see if there was any alternative. After all of the tests and in view of the lung problems, the Air Force doctors almost required me to have the operation. They said if I didn't I could be denied all treatment at military facilities.

I studied all approaches to the operation on the internet and other sources. I used the archives of HealingWell and other Websites and read every question and answer in those files that related to my problem. I really became an amature expert in the digestive system as related to our problems. So I went into it well prepared...and I was still scared. I even asked the Doctor if they could do the HH repair without the wrap. They told me that they wouldn't do it that way due to their establihsed proceedures.

Anyway, through a lot of prayer, and confidence in my doctors, I went into the operating room relaxed and confident. Five hours later I woke up and haven't had one incident of reflux since then. I haven't used any Nexium or antiacids since then and within three weeks I was back on my normal schedule. I can now eat anything and sleep through the night. My problems are minor compared to many people. They are:

1. I don't really get hunger pangs so I don't know when I need to eat. So, I am somewhat dependent on eating when someone else is hungry or eating by the clock--breakfasttime, lunchtime and dinnertime.

2. Even worse, I don't know when I am full. If I eat single portions and then quit I am satisfied. However, if other people continue to eat, they expect me to be sociable and continue also. This first became a problem last Christmas. We don't have a sit-down dinner at Christmas. We have an open house where the family drops in with covered dishes and desserts and we eat continuously all afternoon as people come and go. So, I overdid it and it got painful. Overeating seems to effect my Vagus nerve in the abdomen and I get pressure and pain in my chest and aching all the way up both sides of my neck. By the time I recognized the problem I was miserable. The same is true if we go to a buffet. Everyone else goes back for seconds or more. They assume that since I am done eating, I am anxious to leave--(this is especially true for my wife). It takes hours to get rid of the pressure. If I could vomit, I would.

I know that this doesn't answer your questions but I know that it takes time to recover. Hopefully your problem is a passing thing and your recovery will continue with only minor setbacks.

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   Posted 2/25/2014 2:51 AM (GMT -6)   

I too am going to give you an answer yuo son't want to hear, but here goes.

I have talked with many people who have had some major setbacks around 3 to 5 months and once they get close to the year mark things have slowly gotten much better.

I like to remind people this recovery is a marathon and it can be a long drawn out tough one at that, but well worth it in the end. You really can't know for sure it hasn't worked or if you will need ant acids until you have fully healed and that's the 1 year mark. Well unless you have a failure such as the wrap coming apart or slipping that is.

I have no idea why, but for some reason it seems in the 1st 6 to 8 months or so the wrap can get irritated easily and it nay take quite a bit longer to settle down than in the earlier stages to calm down. If any food is sitting at the wrap for what ever reason it can really get things irritated and feel like reflux or worse. It's also not uncommon to still use ant acids for the 1st year after surgery.

We just had someone come back a month or so ago and gave a 1 year update and said their symptoms they were having around 5 or 6 months had went away and they were symptom free now.

Stay strong and give your body time to heal.

Take care,
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