I am 27 years old and have been dealing with GERD for about
2 years now. My symptoms were severe bloating, waking up in the night choking on saliva or acid, or waking up extremely tired after a "full" night sleep and a sore throat.
After an ulcer and several scopes, a manometry test and a few other tests a few doctors recommended the Nissen. The original plan was to do a partial wrap but upon going under my surgeon realized I had a large haital hernia an an extremely damaged esophagus. They decided to do a full 360 wrap. The surgery was deemed a success and I went home a day later.
The reason I am writing this is because at 5 weeks out my symptoms are severely worse than prior to surgery. I have introduced a solid diet and am taking 40mg pentaprazole a day (per doc request) I am still being very strict avoiding my trigger foods/drinks and not eating 4-5 five hours before going to bed. While I have zero problems swallowing foods, I have burping spells up to 30 times a day with 5-10 burps per spell. I do have to force the burps slightly by taking large inhales and
opening my throat. I also feel strong heartburn upon my first few bights of food but it decreases as the meal progresses.
When I deviate from this strict diet (having one glass of tequila, or one slightly spicy lunch) I am waking up in the middle of the night like I am choking again. I have woken up exhausted almost every night since surgery. Prior to the surgery, deviating only slightly would not have lead to these results. I also regularly feel a gurgling in my throat after I swallow (something I also felt pre-surgery).
While I know this typically takes a long recover time I am worried that this wrap has had negative effects. My surgeon said that since my esophagus was so damaged it will take time to heal but how can acid still be coming up to my throat with such a secure wrap? What will a healed esophagus do differently?
Post Edited (Rudy Wilson) : 7/6/2020 4:02:34 PM (GMT-6)