Esophageal Hernia Surgeon recommendations on East coat

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   Posted 7/10/2014 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Who had successful surgery with surgeon in MD/DC/VA area? My 77 yr old mom recently diagnosed and we are meeting with several before decision to have surgery. Please provide names of surgeons and if you had laparoscopic vs open procedure. Thank you!

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   Posted 7/10/2014 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   

I am 11 months out from my surgery. Several of us on the forum went to the Heartburn Institute in Lorton VA. I would say you need to ask a lot of questions from this doctor. He has an assistant rather than a doctor help him during surgery. I did not think of asking that question. I had laparoscopic surgery. There is a female surgeon who operates out of Johns Hopkins in Columbia MD.

Good Luck,


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   Posted 7/11/2014 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I went to the same surgeon as Michelle. I've actually had three surgeries done by him: TIF (I do not recommend; it failed for me) gallbladder removal, and a nissen fundoplication. So far my nissen has resolved my reflux issues and has held up just fine but....
I do not like the surgeon's PA. She's fairly young (probably around my age) and likely not very experienced beyond textbooks, and because of this I think she is not very open minded and doesn't seem to listen very well. As long as I can remember, my body has handled pain by vommitting, which is a big no-no after a nissen. I asked her for anti-nausea medication when she came the day after surgery, and she refused to give me a prescription. Sure enough, just a few days later, I was calling her to request a prescription be called in because I was nauseous. It was a pretty close call; I was sure I would throw up before my dad made it home from the pharmacy with the medication. Fortunately, that did not happen.
When I started eating normally again, I would get headaches if I ate more than about 3/4 cup of food. I brought this up at a follow-up to the PA and she told me that what I was experiencing was "anatomically impossible". Hmm. Okay. The headaches have since tapered off as my body gets back to normal.
Bottom line: I liked the surgeon (he actually treats you like an intelligent human being), but unless you want to insist on dealing only with him, you might want to go elsewhere. Side note: His office staff has always been incredibly nice to me, especially the nurse.

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   Posted 7/11/2014 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I will add to KitKat880's posting that the headaches are common. I have it periodically after eating a larger quantity of food. Evidently, according to the surgeon a lot of the procedure is around your spine. He has to "tie" down your stomach. Nausea is very common.

Check and see if you can get a handicap parking pass. It was hard for me to walk and this surgeon and his assistant denied me. The assistant even went as far as saying it was fraud. How is it fraud when you have major surgery? There is another general surgeon in Falls Church, Virginia by the name of Daniel Fortes. Check with him too.

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