Nissen Fundopilation three years later

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Metta
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   Posted 5/29/2006 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi this is the first time I have written on this board.  I had the nissen fund. procedure three years ago and my heartburn is about 90% gone.  I was just wondering if anyone else had the procedure and if their doctors told them how long it will last?  Also can you drink carbonated beverages ever again?
Thanks!

BobbyT10
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   Posted 5/29/2006 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Metta,

Have you tried drinking carbonated beverages? Do you drink alcohol? Eat Fatty/Spicy Foods?

How much "normality" is restored to your life after this procedure?

Thanks for any insight

harperspaceuk
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   Posted 5/30/2006 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
where did you undergo surgery? are you based in the US? whas it a full nissen? what was the post pain like? Thanks Lee

Metta
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   Posted 6/2/2006 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissen five months after my gallbladder was removed so I am not a true source for symptoms after.  The gallbladder surgery has left me with a lot of indigestion problems. 
My heartburn is like I said around 90% gone.  I can get a flair up but no where near what it used to be if I eat spaghetti (unless it was prepared and the acid was reduced.) 
My procedure was done in California.  I guess I am not sure what a full nissen is, so sorry I can't respond to this.  I had it done laproscopically and I was out in two days.  My scars were still fresh from the gallbladder surgery so I looked like I was in a knife fight.  I ate and still eat small meals but I am not deprived.  On occasion and especially during the first year I would forget and eat at my normal rate and I would have the feeling like I was choking and I would have to run to the bathroom to throw-up.  The weird thing is is that after this procedure you don't throw-up the normal way.  You are just getting rid of what you just ingested before it hits the stomach.   The most miserable day of my life was when I had the flu and my body wanted to throw-up but all I could do was dry heaves.  Sorry-gross but true. 
I have not had any carbonated beverages for 3 years.  I am afraid to introduce the gas into my system. 

lauper
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   Posted 6/11/2006 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.
THE NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION 9 DAYS AGE(LAPARSCOPICALLY). THE DR SAID IT WENT WELL. I had a hiatel hernia/GERD for 3 years and the PPI's stopped working. I stayed in the hospital 1 night, had fluids for 1 day and then soft runny foods for a week. For a couple days, I had a lot of gas, especially at first very painful in chest and shoulders, but that passed. My incision sites are healing nicely, but I always feel bloated and full even when I haven't eaten anything. I've lost a couple pounds, but can't button my pants. It hurts to use stomach muscles to hold it in.
 
It is uncomfortable when I feel like burping; a little comes out but you have to kinda just swallow the rest and it hurts a little. The worst part is feeling sligtly queasy and I'm worried maybe the surgery didn't correct my GERD? What if I have another problem like gall bladder? I see the surgeon tomorrow for follow up. I'm going crazy home from work but get so tired doing the smallest things around the house, I don't think I could get through a whole day of work yet. I am also
 
I HAD queasy when driving in a car and wonder how and when I will ever be able to exercise again. I trid eating chicken and veggies last night and it want down fine, but when I tried eating cold left-over chicken today, I got spasms in the esophagus that hurt badly and made me afraid. They went away after a minute ot 2 after I tried relaxing and taking some deep breaths. My Dr told me to not try anything too hot or cold or sodas, bread or meat for a while.
 
I am still taking 1 Protonix a day but hope to be off that soon. My Dr didn't want to give me any nausea meds to keep on hand at home; he said everyone's different and we'll see if I need it. I am worried that if/when I do need it, it'll be too late to call the Dr for it.  I've never felt like vomiting, but DOES ANYONE FEEL QUEASY AFTER THE SURGERY LIKE ME???
 
Thanks, Cindy

Jbrat
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   Posted 6/14/2006 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissan Wrap in 2002. So far it has been great. I still take the nexium, but only at night. I do drink pop. Of course one of the side efeccts is lots of gas. The surgeon was right on that one.  No real lady like but what can you do?? eyes I eat what I want, and probably shouldn't but I am human.
 
I would recommend it for anyone needing it done. I spent 3 months sleeping in a recliner chiar before my surgery. Boy, did my bed feel great once I got back into it.
 
Current medications, when I take all of them: Accolate, Albuterol, Atrovent, Celexa, Flexeril, Floriner, Fosamax, Lasix, Librax, Lidoderm patches, Locacet 10 mg. Micardis, Micro-K, Nexium, Potassium CL, Prednisone, Premarin, Zocor, Calcium w. Vit. D, Vit. D, Centrum A-Z, Stoll Softener.
 
I have Addison's Disease, from the prolonged steroid use, GERD, oster-arthritis, osteoporis, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, ruptured disks in back, fractures in back and feet, and GOd knows what else I will end up with.


theBug
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   Posted 6/19/2006 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am a new member.  I am considering the Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication surgery, and would like to ask those members who have had it done what they think about it, how they did, would you do it again? confused

Jbrat
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   Posted 6/19/2006 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a great response to the Nissan Wrap.  It does make you have more gas. I can drink sodas, I eat what I want. I had to be on a very soft diet right after the surgery for about 6 weeks.  It consisted of puddings, jello, nothing that you had to chew or crunch. 
 
It was the easiest surgery I have ever had.  I did stay in the hospital an extra day because I had a fever, but I did great.  I wish you well. :-)
Current medications, when I take all of them: Accolate, Albuterol, Atrovent, Celexa, Flexeril, Floriner, Fosamax, Lasix, Librax, Lidoderm patches, Locacet 10 mg. Micardis, Micro-K, Nexium, Potassium CL, Prednisone, Premarin, Zocor, Calcium w. Vit. D, Vit. D, Centrum A-Z, Stoll Softener.
 
I have Addison's Disease, from the prolonged steroid use, GERD, oster-arthritis, osteoporis, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, ruptured disks in back, fractures in back and feet, and GOd knows what else I will end up with.


stressed
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   Posted 7/10/2006 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
:-) I had the surgery about two years ago. Had a bad gallbladder and the surgeon knew about my Gerd so he offered to fix it while he was in there. Going through the 24 hour ph study prior to surgery was not fun. The surgery wasn't too bad but the bloating afterwards was pretty bad. Eating was limited to liquid and soft foods for a while, but got better. My shoulders hurt for weeks afterwards. about two months or so after surgery, the pain behind my breastbone returned. The surgeon thought maybe I aggrivated the area becasue I exercise a lot. It went away, then about 1 year after the surgery the pain came back, the same pain that the Gallbladder and Acid Reflux surgery was supposed to cure. We went through all the tests again including barium swallow, upper GI sonogram, endocopy, and the ph study. Everything looked fine, his work on my esophogus and upper stomach was in tact, and the ph study showed absolutely no acid problem. Go figure. It went away in a couple of weeks.

It's been close to two years now, and last week my GERD came back. I'm pretty sure its acid because it has started to bother my voice box. I have a bubble in my throat, pain, and burning in my chest. Stress has been a real problem lately so maybe that brought it on. I was also taking motrin fairly regularly for TMJ pain, was up to 3 large cups of coffea each morning, and plenty of chocalate, and other tasty food. I guess even after the surgery I can't get away with that.

Two 40 mg of Nexium each day hasn't seemed to help. I've noticed that I sort of dwell on the GERD all day and my wife sais I seem distant. It is pretty weird and it seems my mood affects the GERD and visa versa.

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/12/2006 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I had it done in October of 2000 and it only lasted a year. I lost the majority of my paristalsys of the esophagus so have to swallow many time to get food down. There is also pooling in my esophagus and regurgitaion of the stomach fluids. Now I am at the point of meds dont' work any more. It is awful. I have reflux every night. I can't eat or drink hardly anything. Not even Nexium is helping. Has anyone had the wrap undone halfway because that was suggested in January of 2003 but at that point I said no way to any more surgery because I had my gallbladder out and then had the Nissan wrap done 3 months later. I look forward to hearing if anyone has had it done . Have any of you had a half wrap done? Maybe that's why yours is working. I had a full wrap. Barb

My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
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tinkerbell000
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   Posted 8/12/2006 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
How do you know if you are a candiadate for surgery? I have gerd for almost 3 years and was diagnosed about 6 monthes ago.  I have tried all the medications and none of them are working.  I had an endoscope and the doctor saw nothing.  However, i had a 48 hour ph test done and it showed significant acid reflux in my esph.  I had my gallbladder checked ant that is fine.  In 1 week i am going a stomach emptying study to see if i need meds for that.  My Gi has not mentioned surgery but would i be a candiate? thanks

pandacrazy
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   Posted 8/12/2006 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
What kind of tests did they do on the gallbladder? Make sure that they don't just write that off because it doesn't have stones because mine had no stones and they ruled that out and then ended up 3 months later after much suffering on my part doing a test to look at how it functions and mine was awful. The surgeon said it was the worse one he has ever taken out. I had 24 hour non stop heartburn for 3 months before they took that out. They kept thinking it was my acid reflux.
 
This surgery is not a cure all for everyone. Mine only lasted one year and my stomach doc says 1-2 years is the norm for that to last. It also has side effects that are left from it. Alot of gas. Loss of parystalsis of the esophagus which I was one of the unlucky ones to get and it is not fun. I don't know what they are going to do now because nothing is working now as far as meds. Barb



My laundry list of diseases include IBS, UC, GERD, Asthma, Alergies, CAD, Fibromyalgia, TMJ and a deteriorating disk in lower back. 
 
Meds Nexium, Carafate, Singulair, Advair, Proventil inhaler, Plavix, Benadryl, Natural progesterone cream, Optimal digest, Chloridiazepoxide/clidinium caps
 
Proud Mother of a US Marine Seargent & a future fire fighter!
 
Proud grandma of Isabella Rose, and furry grandson's Kayu, Gizmo & Stewie!

Post Edited (pandacrazy) : 8/12/2006 10:06:02 AM (GMT-6)

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