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   Posted 11/14/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
My name is Lisa and I am new to this website.  I have extreme GERD which has refluxed onto my bronchi, vocal chords and over my lungs resulting in shortness of breath.  Because of this and the intense treatment without relief for the past year they are moving forward to do the Lap Nissen Fundoplication Procedure. 
I am very nervous especially when I read about the recovery process.  I didn't know if anyone who has had this has also had a c-section because of the side effect gas pockets.  Two days after my emergency c-section I had gas pains that radiated from my shoulder (left) down to my stomach which were so bad they had to give me vicoden.  I was screaming and in a panic from the pain.  I am wondering if anyone who has had both of these procedures can tell me if one is like the other?
I am 29 years old and worried about what all could go wrong. I know I shouldn't think of these negative things but I do for whatever reason.

Thanks to anyone/everyone who can help!!!

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   Posted 11/14/2007 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   

No, I haven't had a C-section. However, I have had other abdominal surgeries where they pumped in the gas during the procedure. Each time was a bit different just like each procedure was a bit different. It's possible that you're going to have a different reaction for this surgery than the c-section because the situation and also the staff working on you will be different.

I'm assuming that after the c-section you laid down alot. If you were nursing, they may have been careful about what pain meds they gave you before you finally got the vicodin. After the Nissen if you can sit up and walk around a bit, you'll be able to get rid of the gas pockets easier than if you don't move and lay down. Plus you'll have stong pain killers right from the start - some of us had vicodin in the hospital and I had morphine.

Talk to your surgeon and tell them about your last experience. He/she may be able to tell you if they use more or less gas this time and what the difference is between the two procedures when it comes to how much CO2 they pump in. You're going to be uncomfortable with gas no matter what once you get home, but the end result is worth it. Some pain now is worth the relief of not having that acid wash over your bronchi and vocal cords.

The details of our recoveries should reassure you that each person is different. You may have some problems or you may sail right through - but that's the same no matter what you do in life. If you read the section entitled "post op laproscopic nissen/hiatal hernia repair" parts 1 and 2, you will see that all of us are glad we did the surgery and some can't wait to join the club and get it done. Don't be nervous after reading about our ups and downs - be confident that you are well-informed, have an idea what to expect and a few ideas of how to handle some of the situations that may arise, and then take any questions you still have to your surgeon. We didn't post to scare anyone, we posted to let others know as much as we could about what to expect. Now, no more negative thinking - it's positive thinking for you from this point forward.

Post Edited (HappilyWrapped) : 11/14/2007 5:35:48 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 11/14/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lisa:  I can tell you about this first hand since I have experienced both.  I have had a hysterectomy, 2 c-sections, and gallbladder removal throughout my life and the nissen/hiatal hernia procedure takes the cake as far as pain/recovery goes.  I don't know if age makes a difference as I am presently 44 years old and don't know if it gets harder the older we get?  I was 10 years younger when I had my hysterectomy (which was not done via the lap method but was cut open about a 8 inch incision because the Dr. said my fibroid uterus was the size of a 4 month pregnant woman).  Luckily, with the Nissen procedure I didn't have too much of a problem with the gas pockets but they made me get up and walk around quite frequently.  I spent 3 nights in the hospital and had a gastric tube from my nose into my stomach for 2 days and the pain medication they gave me was morphine and torridal along with reglan for nausea.  It was pretty tough and have at great length described my post-op experiences on the lap-nissen/hiatal hernia repair (same as HappilyWrapped mentioned).  Today is my 4th week annivesary and at this moment am still experiencing painful chest pain (it doesn't seem to go away).  I can't say for sure if it is the nissen/wrap or the hiatal hernia repair because I don't know it is just a dull chest pain that hurts and can feel very annoying.  Someone had asked about nausea and for me nausea was a problem and still is.  But, other people mentioned diarrhea which was no problem for me.  So, I am sure we will all have different experiences.  Good luck and hope this helps....Barbara......

post nissen girl
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   Posted 11/26/2007 1:26 AM (GMT -6)   
i had 3 c's and nisen fundoplication. gas pain post op about the same.
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