Posted 10/4/2017 7:37 AM (GMT -7)
If you decide to have a second opinion, go to my surgeon in Celebration, Florida who does a takedown of the Nissen wrap and does a robotic assisted gastroesophageal valvuloplasty. Essentially Dr. Gee puts your anatomy the way it should be. He takes the esophagus and puts it back into your stomach. At the same time,he creates a valve between your esophagus and stomach which opens and closes when you eat. He then closes the hiatal hernia with a Vicryl mesh, which is absorbed into the body. Any sutures that he uses are also absorbed also. I saw an individual with the take-down and she had an incision in her back. She was very happy with her status because she couldn't swallow after her Nissen wrap. My incisions are 6 small incisions, but I haven't had surgery previously. I am on a FB site called Nissen procedure takedown. Lots of people have very bad complications with this procedure. I and many others have had no side effects and we can eat what what we want. I feel better than I have in years. Dr Gee has been in Florida for a year and has done over 500 procedures. He is currently writing a paper on his experience. This is not a new procedure because he has been doing it since 2000.
I've run across several people who have had the procedure and all are doing fine. We all had postoperative inflammation which eventually goes away. I feel great. I am one year postop. I still am on PPI's because I had lots of stress during my postoperative period, but lots of people are off medication. You can look up his procedure and outcome online. He is a published author. If you decide to have the surgery and If you are out of state, you leave after you get released from the hospital and come back for a follow up appointment.
Here are some links.
There are several of us on the healing forum which is called "Hiatal hernia repair with the wrap".
Dr Gee's full name is Farid Gharagozloo, MD
Here here is a link for information and email address
Good luck. This is a tough problem. If you decide to go ahead and have the surgery, please post in the hiatal hernia. ... forum to let everyone know how you are doing.