5 months after Fundoplication re-do, update

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   Posted 11/6/2017 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a laparoscopic Fundoplication re-do in June of an open surgery I had at 2 years old (33 now). At some point it came undone and I started getting extreme acid reflux symptoms as well as massive bouts of anxiety starting mid 2016 and continually worsening until I got the procedure.

Before I got the surgery I did a lot of research on this forum, and despite some negative reviews, it was instrumental in me deciding to go ahead and do it, despite the risks of a re-do. I promised myself I'd return the favor and provide an update after 5-6 months.

The surgery itself was relatively routine, but I had major adhesions from my original one that needed to be removed. This caused the procedure to take almost 6 hours and put me at higher risk of damaging the Vargus nerve.

I'm completely back to normal except for occasional sleeping difficulty and occasional discomfort/mild pain at the main surgery site. I think this is mostly pulling and tugging of forming scar tissue. It's always exacerbated after going to the gym (which I returned to after 2.5 months, albeit very casually) but it's never majorly painful. I used to have asthma, which has all but disappeared after the surgery, except for occasional wheezing. The anxiety that got very bad in 2016/early 2017 has returned to normal as well.

It really was a gradual recovery. After 6 weeks I felt decent, most of the time, but got frustrated when it felt like recovery had stalled/not improved for the next 6 weeks (I'd get random pain/breathing difficulty/unsettled feeling from food). In the last two months I notice that I had surgery less and less often, and at this point only when I exercise do I really even notice at all. In another 6 months I expect to be 100% back to normal.

For reference, I had my surgery done at Northwestern University in Chicago (I'm located close and it's one of the higher ranked departments) after a lot of research.

Hopefully this can be of help to someone.

Post Edited (kkat83) : 11/6/2017 1:00:02 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/7/2017 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Great post kkat83. Thanks for sharing your experience.
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