Posted 8/10/2020 4:10 AM (GMT -7)
Welcome to the Healing Well Forum. First, I would tell you that surgery should be a last resort as it is major abdominal surgery and comes with a sometimes lengthy and difficult recovery. That being said, I suffered from GERD for most of my adult life and had surgery at 53 years of age and it was a complete success. Before having surgery, you need to have multiple tests such as a barium swallow, an EGD, 24-hour pH testing, and manometry to test for swallowing function. Is there any way that you can control your swallowing of air, or have you tried anti gas (simethicone) medication? If one PPI doesn't work for you, there are a lot of other ones available that may work for you. Protonix was the one that worked best for me. Before you consider surgery, seek a second opinion as it's always good when contemplating surgery. In my situation, I had a full wrap. My surgeon explained to me that I would lose the ability to vomit and also would not be able to belch like I had in the past. Everyone's recovery is different, and it may come with small setbacks along the way. I didn't feel much better until around 6 months, and the new me around 1 year. I also still experience waves of nausea for no reason (very common), and carry a prescription of Zofran with me always. When you do speak to a surgeon, make sure he explains to you about the surgery, limited diet, and recovery. There are many people here on the Board that had no idea what their recovery would be like because their surgeon didn't take the time to discuss what is involved with the NIssen Fundoplication surgery, or whatever type of surgery you choose. Also, check with your insurance. Make sure you are aware of any copays and deductibles that you may have. Some hospitals now require them to be paid upfront before surgery. These are all small things that you should consider.