- 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.