It is true that the Nissen may require a redo at some point and ten years is a timeframe that is often mentioned. Some people require a redo sooner and some much later. It’s the hernia repair that is the problem. That’s what holds the wrap in place. My surgeon explained that, “Even water can wear down rock in time,” when I expressed concern that my asthmatic coughing would damage my wrap. I have concerns for the longevity of my own wrap because of that. Any kind of strain can put pressure on the repaired hernia.
In regards to the burping and vomiting issues, I am ten years post op, so have had a lot of experience. Depending on the tightness of your wrap, you may be able to burp—not belch at will right from the start—but your stomach can sneak out burps if it’s not too full. The fuller your stomach, the tighter your wrap. After a few years it’s generally possible to burp—but it’s generally in its own time—not your.
After a Nissen surgery you should avoid vomiting, as it can put undue strain on your wrap/hernia repair. I discovered that I can vomit, (some can’t) and have several times. It happened suddenly when I came down with stomach bugs. Each time I immediately used Compazine suppositories to avoid further vomiting. It is important to have anti nausea drugs on hand, just in case.
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