worried my wrap has failed!

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gloopstar
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   Posted 10/31/2014 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All
I posted on here last week and had some great replies, just wondering if i could get some further advice..

I'm a 21 year old male who had the nissen wrap last december. i recovered well and was symptom free. The other week i was diagnosed with gastritis and perscribed lansoprazole x twice daily for a month, and was told it would clear up.
I'm still feeling sick and getting the burning sensation in my stomach and just above where my top incision was when i had my wrap.
I am really worried that my wrap has failed on me and its really upset me the last few days as i have gone so many months sympton free and thought i was free of the reflux! I have an awful feeling that my surgeon wont let me have the wrap again and thats if i would be considered for something like that.

Feeling very rubbish! I also have IBS which is in a flare up at the moment as well.

Thanks
Gloopstar

dencha
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   Posted 10/31/2014 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gloopstar,

I'm not a doctor, and haven't examined your individual case, but I can share my general opinions about what you're describing based on my own experiences, as well as those of various others who've stopped by the forum with worries like yours.

I continue to stand by my opinion that what you're experiencing isn't indicative of having a failed wrap. The GI tract is one connected system. What affects one part affects others. Your wrap was created out of your stomach, so if your stomach is inflamed, so is your wrap. If your IBS is flaring, my guess is you've got inflammation from top to bottom, and that inflammation is going to take lots of time and patience to heal.

Is it possible to get reflux after a Nissen surgery? Yes. Will it be as bad as it was prior to surgery? No. That said, if things get rip-roaring, you can experience a lot of symptoms that feel pretty close to what you experienced when things were bad pre-surgery. Still, it does NOT mean that all is lost and you're back to square one.

Getting this healed is going to take a long time and requires a lot of patience. You're going to need to be very controlled regarding your eating choices, and no cheating. Mild, bland foods, and only foods that can be chewed to a liquid. In addition, it's important to take your acid reducing meds consistently. If you're taking anything that you don't absolutely need to take, give your stomach a rest. Also, you might consider getting a script for Carafate Suspension if you don't already have it. I have a reactive stomach, and find it very helpful. I always keep it on hand. It really helps coat and protect the stomach/wrap/esophagus, and provides a lot of relief.

I am confident that you're jumping the gun with your worries about needing a redo. Relax. turn You can get this healed and get back to your old self. Have patience and trust!

Best wishes,
Denise

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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
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Post Edited (dencha) : 10/31/2014 6:45:48 PM (GMT-6)


gloopstar
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Date Joined Dec 2013
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   Posted 10/31/2014 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise
Thanks for the reply. Apologies that i have posted yet another topic related to the gasritis but it really has sent me into panic mode! should i maybe go back to the post nissen diet where i had the mushed foods??

Gloopstar

dencha
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   Posted 10/31/2014 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gloopstar,

Backing off of your eating is definitely a good idea. Still, you don't actually have to go back to blended foods, and soups alone. Your mouth and teeth can be your blender. If you take small bites and chew, chew, chew your food to a liquid/creamy consistency, you won't be swallowing anything that could be an irritant to your esophagus/wrap/stomach.

Strictly stick to mild, bland type foods. No spice, acid, alcohol, etc. No cheating, because it can set you back. Swallowing only smooth foods will keep you from scratching that very sensitive, inflamed tissue. Of course soups, etc, are an option, but you'll be amazed at how many things can be chewed to a liquid--crispy crackers, included. If you have to stick to bland foods, at least you can have a variety of textures. Don't swallow anything that doesn't chew to a complete liquid.

My GI doc advised me to to wait until my stomach felt "perfect" for two weeks, before introducing more challenging foods.

Just remember that healing GI tissue takes a long, long time to heal (at least that's my experience). Be very careful not to do anything that interfere with your progress. You can't eat too carefully. It's critical. Believe me, I wish it weren't so! But that's the way it is. There's no getting around the fact that this will take time and patience to heal. I had times where I struggled for several months before healing. Hopefully you'll do better!

Happy healing!
Denise

GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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