I have had abdominal problems since I was a child and am now almost 50. 2 1/2 years ago I had a sigmoid colectomy due to diverticulitis. Since that time my heart burn has been getting worse (though something I have fought with for many years). Recently I have been aspirating in my sleep which has been happening a couple time per week. My MD has said I need a fundoplication and am currently going through the tests. Had an EGD with dilation last week ( which also showed a hiatal hernia) and going for upper GI and esophagus motility studies next Monday. I am nervous but anxious to get this over with.
Some questions I have
1) Where I had a colectomy a couple years ago (Laparoscopic) is it likely the MD will be able to do this procedure laparoscopic also or will I have to have the open procedure?
2) how long does the surgery take with the hiatal hernia repair included?
3) How long is the hospital stay (I have seen 2 to 5 days and would lie it to be as short as possible)?
4) about how long will be needed off from work (sedentary position)?
I am very nervous but also have to say waking up in the middle of the night aspirating is far more scary and also scares my wife. Any advice on what to expect and how I can prepare is greatly appreciated.