Nissen Fundoplication Surgery
Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:26 PM
Posted 27 November 2006 - 01:52 PM
I don't have any personal experience with this surgery, but here is some information on it from the Sclero website: Nissen Fundoplication.
I know of one member here who has had the procedure, so hopefully she will pipe in and tell you of her experience.
Do keep us posted on how the newest medication regime works for you.
Posted 27 November 2006 - 02:25 PM
My husband, Gene, had the Nissen surgery over two years ago. The surgery itself was complicated because they had to extend his esophagus with part of his stomach, so that he can have room for either a right or a left lung at transplant time (because they only give one lung for people over 60). And he has a large liver hemangioma which halted surgery while they thought that over.
Despite all that, he was out of the hospital within two days and back to work within a few weeks. He hasn't had a whit of heartburn since then. He is also still able to burp and such; it is a perfect Nissen to not have heartburn but still be able to burp, since that cures the problem without causing more of them.
I must say, he had a truly outstanding surgeon at a center that has an excellent track record with Nissen's. That is extremely important, because complications of a bad Nissen can be quite severe.
He doesn't have scleroderma; and he only had the surgery because he had to have his heartburn cured in order to be eligible for a lung transplant, because there are worse outcomes in lung transplant patients who have heartburn.
I have GERD but have it under control, at least for now, with diet and lifestyle changes since I have eliminated things that worsen or trigger it for me (see our page on GERD). It's definitely worthwhile to make all the lifestyle and medication changes necessary to try to get it under control before relenting on the surgery. And if you do have the surgery, my suggestion would be to screen very thoroughly for the best hospital and surgeon before letting anyone lay a finger on you.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 05:12 PM