Surgery success rate

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friendlygal
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   Posted 7/28/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I am soooo tired of suffering.  I have been out of work all summer and my throat just gets worse and worse.
 
I do not want to wait until I have barret's esophagus to get the operation!!  If you have had the operation or know someone well who has had it, could you please tell me how they are doing now that they have had it??
 
Also, does one have to continue with the PPIs after the operation??

Another Day
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   Posted 7/28/2007 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I did have the lap Nissen and a hiatal hernia repair in 2005.  The main reason I went ahead and had it done was because I have severe asthma and my physicians thought that the GERD was triggering some of my asthma attacks.  I do feel my surgery was successful, but I do still have to take Nexium.  I have found this is pretty common.  If you have any other questions, I would be glad to try to answer them for you.
 
Take care!
 
Carla

Epilepsy, severe adult onset asthma, allergies, GERD, hypothyroidism


friendlygal
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   Posted 7/28/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
another day, so you still need Nexium for heartburn but your asthma is better??  thanks for your response...

Another Day
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   Posted 7/29/2007 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Friendly, The reflux is also much better.  Mine was pretty bad.  When they did the PH probe, the acid was coming all the way back up into my throat.  If I had not had it done, my esophagus would have had some pretty serious damage to it.  Now, I don't feel like I have a sewer backing up in my throat. 
 
Has your physician suggested a PH probe yet?  They usually do this before they do the surgery since this is a surgery they don't take lightly.  I also had a hiatal hernia repair at the same time.  Unfortunately because of my asthma, I guess during a bout of bronchitis not too long after surgery, I tore it and I now have a sliding hiatal hernia which I plan to keep.
 
I spent time at Vanderbilt University Hospital last summer where I found out that I also have epilepsy.  I asked several of the doctors there about having had the lap Nissen and still having to take the Nexium and they all said that was pretty normal.
 
If you have any more questions, just let me know.
 
Take care!
 
Carla

Epilepsy, severe adult onset asthma, allergies, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism


ebonyrae
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   Posted 8/3/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I had the operation 6 weeks ago and it has worked for me. I had a few problems with reflux for the first 3-4 weeks and thought it hadn't worked, but for the past 2-3 weeks I have been great. No more reflux, no more chest pains. I have stopped the Somac. It has worked for me.Ebonyrae
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