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Fundoplication Surgery for a Hiatal Hernia

Share Your Story: What Made You Decide to Have Fundoplication Surgery?

By cowtex

Updated September 21, 2010

When Did You Have Your Fundoplication Surgery?

July 30, 2010 -- Laprascopic Nissen Fundoplication.

What Made You Decide to Have Fundoplication Surgery?

Had progressed from Prilosec to Nexium to Protonix to Dexilant. Heartburn so bad I'd wake up several times during the night and often have to throw up to get rid of the problem. Swallowing problems were getting more frequent and almost impossible to resolve. Hiatal hernia had gotten progressively larger over 10 years. GI doc said either continue with the med the rest of my life and possibly "outgrow" the meds, or have surgery.

Surgeon highly recommended from GI doc. Also found out 2 co-workers had him for surgery and spoke of how good he is.

Surgeon ran series of tests before considering me for surgery.

What Were You Not prepared For with This Surgery?

Surgeon was very thorough. He ran a manomety, upper GI (to determine size of hernia), gastric emptying, an endoscopy.

He said the manometry test was the crucial test. It measures the pressures in the throat when swallowing. He said it determines how tightly to wrap the stomach around the esophagus. Said w/o this test the surgery might make the situation worse.

I'm sooooo glad I had the surgery!!! No more heartburn, swallowing difficulties, etc. I can eat what I want, when I want and not worry that it will talk back to me later.

The first two days in the hospital, only pain was when I had to roll over to get out of bed. Stopped taking pain med 2 days after coming home. (Surgery involved 5 small laprascopic incisions.)

Once the stitches were out, I could bend normally and was gradually put back on regular diet.

I was back to work in 2 weeks. Was out doing gardening and yard work over Labor Day weekend. Feel back to normal.

Wish now I'd had the surgery ages ago. It's made such a positive difference in my life!!

Lessons Learned

  • Any surgery carries risks.
  • The liquid diet for the first 10 days wasn't as bad as I'd anticipated. I stocked up on soups, applesauce, made some tapioca pre-surgery, yogurt, and lots of ingredients for smoothies. I didn't feel deprived at all.
  • My surgeon prepared me very well ... so no surprises with the surgery.
  • Sorry some of you have not had the positive experience I had. (Again, I'm very glad I had the surgery.) I highly recommend my surgeon.
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