I have been suffering from GERD/Hiatal Hernia now for about
10 years. I'm a 25 year old male and after being on PPI acid reducing medication for 10 years, I have finally found a surgeon that is going to fix my hernia. My symptoms include terrible acid reflux, sleep apnea, asthma, and I think my hoarseness. It's beginning to become unbearable and getting in the way of my everyday life. It's hard to fake not being in pain so I decided to find a permanent solution.
The main surgeries that have been around to fix GERD and acid reflux has been the Nissen and Toupet Fundoplication, but apparently there is a new revolutionary procedure that my surgeon performs, that has no ill side effects like the Nissen. The procedure is going to be done robotically (via the Da Vinci system), and will only need 5 small incisions (4 mm each). The Surgeon then will go in and recreate the stomach valve by putting the end of the esophagus into the stomach about
2 cm and suturing it to keep it in place. He will use sutures to keep everything in place and repair the hernia with no surgical mesh or stitching. The sutures are made of a simple sugar that supposedly bonds the cell's tissues together.
My question is: Has anyone had a Valvuloplasty procedure before or knows of anyone who has? It's hard comparing people's Nissen results to that of the valvuloplasty since they are completely different procedures; however, there is almost no literature whatsoever online concerning the Valvuloplasty.
My surgeon has mentioned that he has a 100% (yep i said it) success rate, and has had no recurrence of hernia or heartburn. I have about
8 days until my surgery and regardless of his success rate, I'm extremely nervous. I have been on Xanax periodically to help with this - but the sooner it comes the more worried I get.
I will keep you all posted on my recovery.
Post Edited (Flboy32801) : 1/24/2017 4:10:18 PM (GMT-7)