trouble swallowing after nisen surgery

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   Posted 12/5/2017 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a short and floppy wrap done back in march of this year, due to a motility disorder. I was feeling better for awhile and 6 months after surgery I was having trouble swallowing again, and having a tightness in my throat. I have had 4 dilations done with little success and another mammoetry test done with shows my upper les is tight now, and everything looks good where the wrap was done. I have been going to see my doctor on a regular basis. He thinks putting me on Zoloft will help but very nervous about taking a anti depressant. He said if that doesn't help he will have to take the wrap down and make it a partial. But he said I would get my reflux back, which I had bad before surgery. just confused on what to do I am tired of feeling miserable.

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   Posted 12/6/2017 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
There's no reason to be nervous about taking an antidepressant, and it's worth a try. Motility issues in conjunction with a Nissen can be tricky. Before I would let him take the wrap down, I would seek a second opinion.

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   Posted 12/6/2017 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
totally agree, with what Sharonz said. I am 2 years out, and still with certain foods, can have some trouble. as an added bonus, after this op, I developed esophageal spasm, which is treatable with meds. and I never, have anything cold to drink, while eating. as for the meds, take them. I needed help getting thru this. I was a very healthy, athletic person before. I was blessed with this. this is a tough recovery. I don't think, anyone walks away clean from this. so take what you need. and try not to, let it steal your life. good luck.

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   Posted 12/7/2017 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I wouldn't be in a hurry to do anything after only 6 months. This isn't a surgery that fixes something instantly and you're better like magic. Some people do recover fast, but it took me and many others a year or even 2 to feel normal, or "new normal."

If you had any problem swallowing before the surgery it doesn't go away. I get issues triggered from eating something dry like beef. 8 years out. But I had a poor swallow before the surgery.

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   Posted 12/7/2017 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I strongly caution you to refrain from taking Zoloft. Zoloft is mostly a placebo that makes no real difference for most people. Doctors that often jump to prescribing anti-depressants are not considering better options. I was prescribed Zoloft, and took it for two years in combination with PPI's, mainly Prevacid. The combination wrought havoc on my digestive system, especially the lining of my intestines. I have now had the TIF procedure, and have been weaned off all medication. I do think anti-depressants in some cases can help, but Zoloft is an old drug that has been over prescribed for decades. I hope you find the answers, but just because the doctor prescribes it, does not mean its the best option for your health. Best of wishes.

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   Posted 12/7/2017 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses. I will try taking the Zoloft because I don't have any other options my surgeon said he will see me back in march. Just miserable never feeling normal, food always sticking and throat being tight. Most days I just wonder what I can do.
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