Esophagal motility and nissan fundoplication

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   Posted 5/13/2014 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Today, I had a barium swallow but I had to eat a digestive biscuit . I know I have had swallowing problems due to gerd but the biscuit got stuck and even though I swallowed several times didn't go down. In the end, I washed it down so some water and it was fine. The radiologist advised to make sure I drank water with each meal, which I usually do.

I just wanted to know if anybody who has motility problems has had a nissan fundoplication and does it work for you.

I have had this problem for more than 2 years and it stemmed from a time when my stomach had bloating issues every time I ate anything and I had an immense pressure in my chest after eating and what I know now to be non acidic reflux. I also felt full after a couple of mouthfuls and lost 1.2 stone within a month and I had a terrible cough for a whole month. Although my problems now aren't as bad as the initial onset, I have gerd and a history of fundal gastritis together with swallowing issues and abdominal pressure .. I have had an endoscopy, ph/mannometry test and barium swallow twice in two years. I am waiting for my consultant to approve the operation .

I am sure that I have a hiatal hernia or due to the immense abdominal pressure some of my organs have migrated upwards or have become loose causing these swallowing problems.

Thanks for any insight


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   Posted 5/14/2014 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jamosca,
So sorry to hear of your problems, it does sound as though you are having motility difficulties, did this show on any prior manometry that you have had?

I would think that a reputable. Consultant will send you for another manometry before even considering you for a nissen, with people who have motility problems they have to be careful they do not make it worse.

That is not to say its impossible to have surgery, they just have to be sure it's the best treatment for you. Have you looked at endostim it seems a better treatment for those with motility problems.

All the best,


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   Posted 5/14/2014 4:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have had 2 manometry, the first was showing minimal swallowing problems and a year later the condition had worsened, but I go through phases of it bring ok. Physically, I don't feel like I have swallowing problems as I can pretty much eat most of the time . I know that my symptoms have been playing up recently as the tests last year showed minimal problems so I sure there is something loose inside which needs to be secured down and swallowing should resume ok

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   Posted 5/14/2014 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya jamosca, I have motility problems,only 50% of my esophagus is working and ive had a partial fundoplication. Im doing great now with no reflux and off all medication! Barry

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   Posted 5/14/2014 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I dont think you can have a full NF with motility problems but they do partial ones. I remember some people on this board have had them with success.
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   Posted 5/14/2014 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jamosca I had full NF in2001 and was fine for 9 years, then I developed bad heartburn and taste. Lots of tests followed I've been told I have moderately severe motility issues. My Consultant tells me he can do a partial fundo if I want. Seeing him next week to discuss. This seems to be the norm. Take care Rita

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   Posted 5/14/2014 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your support just waiting for my letter from my consultant to come through and then see what he says .
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