I started my own topic because there are so many people with a failed or bad side effects from the Nissen wrap procedure. There are others who have a hiatal hernia (HH) and are considering the Nissen wrap. I had another procedure with Dr Farid Gharagozloo in Celebration Florida, which you should consider. If you are able, see him for a consultation. You can call or email his office with questions (email address in in link). He is located in Florida and he discharges you to home after surgery. I do not work for the office nor am I a representative of the office. The operation was fairly easy to heal from as compared to the Nissen wrap which can take up to a year to heal from. I want to share my experiences and others with you.
Dr. Gee does a takedown of the Nissen procedure and the valvuloplasty. I saw an individual in the waiting room who underwent this procedure. She had difficulty swallowing food after her Nissen and could she expel gas. She was in a tremendous amount of pain and very uncomfortable (was the wrap too tight?). The procedure was accomplished through a incision in her back and, even though she must have been in a tremendous amount of pain, she was content with her outcome. After my discussion with her I knew, even before I met the doctor, that this was the operation for me.
For those who haven’t had previous surgery, through six small incisions in your stomach, Dr. Gee performs valvuloplasty with Vicryl patch of the hiatal hernia. He has done the procedure since 2000, and has been in Florida for over a year where he has done over 500 procedures and we have no long lasting side effects. He has documented his procedure and there is lots of information online. I had the surgery one year ago and I am doing well now. I did have some inflammation in my esophagus and stomach postoperatively, but it is resolving. We have no side effects with gas, belching or difficulty eating food. He sends out questionnaires to all patients postoperatively so he know how we all are doing.
During the procedure, a valve is created between the stomach and esophagus. which
opens and closes as you eat. I should say he recreates the valve that was there before the HH, which is a more natural procedure. The HH is closed with a Vicryl patch. The patch and any sutures he uses eventually dissolve. He does not wrap the stomach around the esophagus.
You won’t find many of us online because we are doing fine. I can eat whatever I want. Dr. Gee has no failures. He did mention that one person lifted before the prescribed six weeks and the HH re
opened. If you see Dr. Gee, please post an update. If people come on this site they post, then drop off so it is difficulty for others to see how well we are doing. Someone mentioned to me that there could be happy people with the Nissen wrap so they aren’t online either. He may have a point but the incidence of complications and failures are greater.
Here are some resources; In the GERD forum, there are several of us who have had the surgery and it is under “7 Days Post Op - Hiatal Hernia/Gerd Surgery” and “hiatal hernia repair without the wrap?”. On FB there is a site for people with Nissen issues and it is called “Nissen Fundoplication Takedown”. There are 435 members and they all have problems with their wraps. Some have even had a takedown. There are many Nissen wrap postings in this forum. Take a look at them.
Online resources publications for your review.
YouTube presentation of the procedure: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c-stGNeQy6M
Study of patients who underwent procedure:
If you go to see Dr. Gee, please post an update.
Yellow, you have been posting about
this particular dr for a couple of months. You have stated you are not affiliated with this dr in any way. The admin prefers that we do not put drs info in posts as you have. You can enable your email address in your profile & any if anyone is interested in your dr they can contact you via email. Glad to read you are doing well.
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