Nissen fundoplication redo after 2 1/2 years

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Pennyoc
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   Posted 7/4/2014 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
You all helped me so much prior to and after my last surgery. It went amazingly well and truly felt I had a new lease on life. I am still taking Protonix twice a day and a Ranitidine at bedtime but have been following up with dr since. when I had my EDG scope last year Dr wanted to repeat it in 6 months as he felt wrap was coming undone. Shortly after that I started having a lot problems swallowing, diagnosed as severe dysphagia and when edg was repeated last month he then ordered an Upper GI and then a CT scan of chest and abdomen, all of which were seen by my surgeon as well as gastroentologist and primary dr. Now I am scheduled for a complete redo of N F this coming week. Stomach Dr says I am reflux symptom free because of medicine he has me on but that my esophagus lining and stomach lining are swollen and ulceration of esophagus is worse than ever. To date all biopsies have been negative. These two doctors work very closely when it comes to test results and such. What surprises me this time is that while surgeon does his re wrap the stomach Dr will be in the OR doing an EDG at the same time. I think I am more scared this time around than I was the first time. Any input on redo's out there ?

dencha
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   Posted 7/5/2014 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pennyoc,

Sorry to hear your wrap didn't hold up. I expect the GI doc wants to do the endoscopy while you're under sedation, rather than put you through another procedure at a different time. The condition of your stomach sounds pretty bad, so there's no doubt the GI doc wants to help ensure the procedure is perfect and will hold this time. I wonder if the GI/endoscopy will help the surgeon in creating the wrap with the healthiest part of the stomach, since there are so many issues. I'm probably wrong about that, but it seems to make some sense to me.

I assume your surgeon is one that is highly experienced in doing Nissens and redos. That's the most important piece of the puzzle. This surgery is tricky (as you well know), and it's really important to have the best person doing it.

Often surgeons have an anesthesiologist hold a bougie spacer in place to ensure the proper tension of the wrap, but perhaps because of the problems you're having, he/she wants to have the GI doc there to make sure everything is absolutely perfect.

I'll be thinking of you next week, and sending best wishes for a great outcome! Be sure to post and let us know how you're doing.

Wishing you the very best,
Denise

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