Considering NF, but need your input

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   Posted 3/25/2014 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 64 year old female. I am overweight, but I do watch what I eat and go to the gym at least 3 times a week. I have used 20 mg omeprozal for 10 years. It does a pretty good job of controlling the pain, but after an endoscopy they found many polyps. (Some believe there is a correlation between the longtime use of med. with polyps). One of the polyps did have mild dysphasia. I had a second endoscopy to remove the 19 polyps. They were all benign. I do have burping most of the time, hoarseness, sinus problems and flatulence. My question is since the omeprazole manages my pain most of the time, is the surgery worth it to fix the other symptoms. I have had three major abdominal surgeries so they can't do laparoscopic surgery that way. They suggested going in through the chest, but said they won't know until they get in there whether they can get through or not. I appreciate your experiences and thoughtful considerations regarding my specific situation.

P.s. My sensor score was 48. I haven't heard the results of my swallow test yet, but do notice some recent trouble swallowing.

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   Posted 3/25/2014 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I should have mentioned that I also have a hiatal hernia.

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   Posted 3/25/2014 2:21 PM (GMT -6)

Mnlady , Here's study on polyps.. Welcome to our Forum. Others, more knowledgeable, will be responding to your questions.
Wish you better soon.

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   Posted 3/25/2014 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, MN.

Personally, I'd rather have open abdominal surgery than getting my ribs spread for chest. I had lap Nissen - 5 hours because it was a giant paraesophageal hernia on top of a mostly non-functioning LES. My roommate had just had a different surgery through the ribs. My surgery was very serious, but she was in at least double the pain I was in. I could walk to the bathroom after a couple of days and she couldn't. She'd had her ribs wired back into place, which I think would be noticeable forever.

I wouldn't push the surgery too soon. What do they way about recurring polyps? Were yours in the fundus, the part of the stomach they use for the wrap? I presume you meant to write dysplasia.

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   Posted 3/25/2014 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I have had the nissen done lap and open. I have also had a thoracotomy (through ribs) for an esophagus tear.

I would go for the regular open surgery. I had my easiest recovery that way. I am still suffering from nerve pain in my ribs after the thoracotomy and the whole left side of my belly is numb from it. I have 3 ribs that didn't re attach and are floating.

Through the ribs would be my last choice. I had 4 stomach are surgeries before I had my open nissen.

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   Posted 3/28/2014 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
After reading many of the posts on this stir, I have decided to proceed with the Nissen. I have many of the symptoms others mention that I never realized might be related. I have severe sinus and throat issues. I have continuous belching and bile that seems to sit in the back of my throat. I have no sense of smell anymore, I wonder if that is related... I will see my surgeon next Wed. I will let him know that if he can't get through the abdomen laparoscopically, then to go ahead and open me up. I appreciate your input.
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