NF six months out

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KitKat880
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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 4/16/2014 9:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a nissen fundoplication six months ago and it has to be the best decision I have made regarding my reflux.
 
Since I haven't posted in a while, to recap I had the TIF in April 2013. In October 2013 I ended up in the ER because of a gallbladder attack. Even though I begged for anti-nausea meds, I was not given them until it was too late. I vomitted repeatedly and destroyed the TIF. Two weeks after my surgeon removed my gallbladder, I had the nissen done.
 
Before my surgeries, I relfuxed everything, even water, into my throat. My surgeon told me I was an ideal candidate for the TIF because I had only a small hiatal hernia. However, even before I destroyed it, the TIF was not ideal at all. I still was able to burp quite frequently and the burps would often bring reflux up to my throat.
 
Post NF, I still can burp, but the burps are small, infrequent, and involuntary. They occur most often when I gulp cold water down too fast. I can count on one hand the number of times I have refluxed in the past six months, which is less than I used to reflux each day. Recovery is not fun, but it's worth it. I did not find the recovery from the NF to be any more severe than TIF recovery.
 
If you are on the fence about having NF surgery, do your research, find an experienced surgeon, and be sure you have all of the necessary testing done in advance. Be as informed as you can. I have to admit that I was terrified of this procedure, which is why I chose the TIF first, and that's a decision I regret.
 
If you are leaning toward the TIF, note that it is not as "reversible" as you might think. Because of my fear of the NF, I wanted to have the Linx implanted after my TIF failed, but I could not, as the FDA does not allow the Linx to be implanted in anyone who has had prior esophageal surgery.
 
This forum has been a huge help to me, and I think my recoveries would have been so much worse if I wasn't able to read about the experiences of others. If you have questions about either procedure, I am happy to answer.

Post Edited (KitKat880) : 4/16/2014 1:24:54 PM (GMT-6)


Brianala
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Date Joined Apr 2014
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   Posted 4/16/2014 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for posting this! It's encouraging to hear the success stories. :)

I'm still in the decision making process, and it's nice to hear that it's not as scary as it seems.
Hiatal Hernia, Esophagitis, Gastritis, Dysautonomia
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