I recently had surgery for my hiatal hernia/acid reflux and thought I'd share my experience with you!
me: I'm a 25 year old male, 10 year history of heartburn and regurgitation, which slowly got worse and worse over time. I was having to watch what I ate, what time I ate, and make sure I had medicine nearby or else the acid reflux would give me some of the worst pains I've ever felt before. I had an upper GI endoscopy done in 2015 and was told by the Dr. that I had "just a little reflux" and was put on an acid reducing medication (PPI) and sent home.
I knew it was time to seek other options when the medicine faded over time and I started to have more severe symptoms of acid reflux (trouble breathing, sleep apnea, heartburn, abdominal pain, and anxiety), and I started to worry that I had cancer or something terrible.
Later that week I found a surgeon in Orlando, Florida that has since changed my life. His name is Dr. Farid Gharagozloo, and he is a world renown surgeon in the field of thoracic surgery and specializes in GERD and acid reflux. He is one of the first pioneers of robotic laproscopic surgery, and has done thousands of surgeries via the robot. I knew I was in good hands the moment I spoke to him and saw the 100s of awards that peppered his office walls.
He has revolutionized a procedure, called the Gastroesophageal Valvuloplasty that repairs hital hernias and fixes the valve that allows stomach acid and food to flow through. This operation is different than the nissen fundoplication, as the stomach is not wrapped and the esophagus is instead intercepted into the stomach at a 270 degree angle, replicating normal human anatomy. Common side effects of the Nissen Fundoplication are the inability to burp or vomit ever again, excessive gas, and in some cases the wrap comes undone over time.
I am now 7 days post op from the valvuloplasty and have already burped (a lot) and have been able to tolerate most soft foods without a problem!! I already feel a difference in my energy, and I feel that I have more air in my lungs when I breathe
I'm still in a lot of pain due to a chest tube needed in my case, but I'm walking 3-5 miles a day to eleviate the gas pains and taking medication for pain, anxiety and muscle spasms so not too bad. For me the anxiety was the worst part prior to surgery, I was so worked up the day of that I was sedated with medication before I even arrived at the hospital.
If anyone is looking to have their acid reflux problem fixed for good, or have their failed nissen fundoplications repaired, please please please visit Florida Hospital Celebration in Orlando, Florida, and have it done CORRECTLY! the link to the procedure and surgeon is below. The hospital staff was amazing and they did extremely well with controlling my pain levels.
my incision scars are so small they are already almost healed, and the only pain I have is leftover from having a chest tube inserted during surgery and for two days post op. If you are thinking about
this surgery but are nervous or scared to have it done - PLEASE don't let it get in the way of your wellbeing. My quality of life was so terrible prior to surgery that I would of done anything to have it fixed.
Thanks for listening and will continue posting updates about
Post Edited (Flboy32801) : 2/8/2017 7:32:12 AM (GMT-7)