Sharon has offered great advice. Surgery is a last resort, but can be a life saver and improve your quality of life. You will need to do a lot of testing to discover whether you need the surgery and if you'd be a good candidate for a Nissen.
A lot of the negative information/side effects you have read about
are simply part of the recovery, which, as Sharon said, is challenging. I have never found surgeons to be very forthcoming about
the challenges. This forum is a great place to get information about
what to expect and receive support as you recover. Here's a link to a recovery journal I posted many years ago.https://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=4097753
Hopefully it will give you an idea of one person's experience and some inkling of what you might be dealing with.
Take it slowly and learn all you can. Don't jump into anything, but on the other hand, don't suffer needlessly. I was a mess for four years as I worked up the courage to get the surgery. In the end, I decided I didn't have any choice but to see if it would help me, and it did.Take care,
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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