From the article: Fundoplication Surgery
Knowing what you know now after your fundoplication surgery, what is the one thing that those about to have this surgery should do beforehand to make life easier later? Share With Others
- I have had 2 of these surgeries . One I had with the scope it came undone in 5 weeks and I was in worse shape than when I started . Then I had another one a few months later and they cut me open and undid the last surgery and redid it . That turned put good for about 7 years and now it is slipping, my stomach is herniated again, not to bad yet! But may have to get it done again and not looking forward to it.but I do believe it has saved me from cancer. And did make me feel so much better. Before it I felt sick all the time.
- —Guest Dorene
Do Not Wait Too Long
- I agree with Scott, in that it is better to have the surgery before the damage to the esophagus is too severe. I didn't have mine until I was no longer able to swallow food without choking & such. Even now after a few years I still have some difficulty swallowing. In order to get my medicine to go down I have to use food, crackers, peanuts, etc. Even then it is not always successful. As far as the reflux & heartburn, those are gone.
- —Guest JAMES
Don't put it off too long
- I had a Nisson-Fundoplication with highly specific vagotomy in 1991, using the open procedure. I am only now starting to have symptoms again, 19 years later. I only wish I had taken this step earlier. I don't suggest jumping to this without trying other non-surgical methods, but I didn't realize how much this was impacting my life and those around me until it was gone. What a relief ! Major surgery, with significant recovery, but well, well worth it. Don't be afraid to ask for a referral to a gastroenterologist.