Nissen Fundoplication

Posted by Lindabeth421 @lindabeth421, Jul 5, 2011

I am a Mayo Clinic patient (past or current).
Your interests: LAPAROSCOPIC NISSEN FUNDOPLICATION Your experience as a Mayo Clinic patient (if applicable): Today is one week since surgery at the Jacksonville Clinic. It was a positive experience, in that the care was excellent. Now home in Boca Raton, I am 7 hours by car from my doctors. Although I have a local doctor at home, I feel the need to connect with others who have had this surgery. Anything else about yourself: The main symptom I suffered with was chronic cough. I also have been diagnosed with Asthma. Last summer I became a patient at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO, a hospital that specializes in Respiratory disease. I was diagnosed with Bronchiectosis, probably caused by GERD. I had been on the GERD diet, proton pump inhibitors, inhalers, antibiotics, cough meds, the works. Turning over every leaf possible, I was led to the Mayo Clinic. Somewhat cynical about the outcome, I chose to have the surgery. This week has been difficult. I experienced low grade fever, and belching every few seconds for hours on the fifth day out. This has finally stopped and I am now on soft foods, really I’m clinging to blended still. I would like to hear from others that have had this surgery.

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Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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Hi,
I’m about 2 weeks out at the point. Although soft food is protocol at the end of the first week, I am just beginning very soft and slight blended now. For almost two weeks, all I could tolerate were liquids, like broth or ices. The docs said this was normal and that I was probably inflamed. I had no nausea, but a lot of bloating and discomfort. I have not seen my coughing improved, although my boyfriend says it sounds different. I have had no sudden night chocking,and yes, I have stopped the PPI. They gave no other meds other than for nausea. On a good note, I’ve lost about 12 pounds, but I’ve been lacking the nutrition needed to heal. I have an appointment with the surgeon next Wednesday and will get a better understanding of where I am at with my recovery.
Good luck, and let me know what you decide to do.
Linda

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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Thanks for sharing.

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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I had laproscopic nissen fundaplicatipn as part of hiatal hernia repair. That was in Aug 2008. My primary reason for the surgery was internal bleeding fron ulcers in essophogus. Prior to the surgery I had a chronic cough. That has been completely cured. I was on PPI prior to surgery, then taken off. No problems with that. I was nauseous for a Long time. The Dr.would not give me a medicine for that. He said take ginger. Eating small meals helped. Good luck and I hope your are feeling better.

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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Thank you very much for sharing.
I understand that the surgery worked out for you although it seems that it took a long time (about a year??) to get over the nausea.

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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Well, the surgery corrected the cough, theGERD, and the hernia, but the nausea was caused by dumping syndrome. This is a reoccurring problem which causes episodes of hypoglycemia. Even today!

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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Thanks for the clarification.
I just read about dumping syndrome in the Mayo clinic website.
It seems that it could be related to the fundoapplication. Does that sound reasonable in your case?
I have also read that one should look for a surgeon who has performed the fundoapplication in many patients. Do you have any advice about how to go about it
without being rude?

Thanks

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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Yes, I am sure it is a result of surgery, and probably the Nissen fundaplacation. Dr.s have expalined it can be becaause nerves are servered in relocationg stomach from it’s herniated position above the diaphram. My surgeon was very experienced with laproscopic surgery and the Nissen procedure. Although he is very experienced Johns Hopkins Hospital is a teaching hospital,they use doctors who are in training , so I am sure they “practiced “on me. I had two top doctors reccommended to me. Maybe I should have selected the one who worked at the non-teaching hospital. I would certainly ask around and also see if they even mention dumping syndrome as a possible negative outcome. My surgeon did not tell me this was a possibility,. In fact never sugggested the possibility after I told him of my reoccuring symptoms, which are quite classic for late dumping syndrome. Also, afterward I spoke to someone who had the same operation, but had negative outcomes, he problem was diffuculty eating and she is very restricted on what foods she can tolerate. I hope this is helpful.

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I mentioned this in another post, but here goes again. Myself, my sister and brother had all sorts of breathing issues when we lived in Oklahoma, where we were all born. My parents asked the doctor what to do: he said move to Hobbs, New Mexico. It is high, like a mile high, and dry. We did, and none of us had breathing issues again that I recall. Now I do again–because I live in Ohio. Back to New Mexico soon!

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I had that surgery 11 years ago but now I’m wondering if it came undone because I have really been suffering with acid reflux and heartburn.Also backache and hurting shoulders. I have went off my hormone pills and I’m wondering if that’s what has made it so bad. Also have had very bad cough for a long time and doctors can’t say why. When I cough real hard it makes me short of breath. Anyone else have this same problem. I have read that not enough acid asks the same as to much. I am trying to drink 4oz. water with 1 Tab. Bragg’s Apple Cider vinegar and it seems to help the heartburn so if so they say that proves that I don’t produce enough acid which can happen as we get older. I feel very bloated and full in fact I feel better before I eat than after.I kind of feel my stomach is heavy on the right side.

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@luisaismael

Hi
I would like to know about your post surgery.
I understand that you are on soft food while your body adjust to the surgical procedure and I have a few questions.
Have your respiratory condition improved?
Have you stopped taking the PPIs that are usually part of the GERD treatment?
Are you taking new medicines to accelerate the recovery from surgery?
Thanks and hope you are doing well.

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ndrome. To this day I still have it. Good luck

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I also had this surgery done for GERD, That part went great. But I also got the Dumping Syndrome because of having it done. I had the surgery done a year a go. and to this day, I start going to the bathroom about a 30 min, after I eat.Good luck in your recorvery.

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@SherryD

Seven years ago I had a nissen fundoplication done by a great surgeon here in San Antonio,Texas. I had a very large hiatal hernia. The wrap has come undone and there is another hernia. I have visited with the same two surgeons that did the original surgery. At the time (seven years ago) I was told that the surgery could never be repeated and if I wanted to ever consider gastric bypass, it would not be possible. These doctors are surgeons at a bariatric clinic and this is the types of surgeries they do every day. During my visit last week, I was told a repair surgery was necessary and once they get in my abdominal area, if the stomach and herniated areas are in really bad shape, I would need gastric bypass as a last resort. I am almost 62 years old and about 25 pounds over weight. I am scared to death and the thought of something going wrong leaves me in great fear. Have any of you ever had the repair done? The surgery was not a walk in the park, but I have a very high tolerance for pain. The discomfort isn’t a concern, but something going wrong is.

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Hi @SherryD,
Welcome to Connect. I can imagine your concern. You may be interested in connecting with @tgirl. She posted a while back on this discussion thread https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/gastroparesis-27d658/ about going for a nissen fundoplication. Hopefully by tagging her on this discussion she will receive an email notification and return to share her experiences with you.

Did you tell the surgeons that 7 years ago they said a gastric bypass would not be possible? Do they feel there is less risk now? What are your options?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @SherryD,
Welcome to Connect. I can imagine your concern. You may be interested in connecting with @tgirl. She posted a while back on this discussion thread https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/gastroparesis-27d658/ about going for a nissen fundoplication. Hopefully by tagging her on this discussion she will receive an email notification and return to share her experiences with you.

Did you tell the surgeons that 7 years ago they said a gastric bypass would not be possible? Do they feel there is less risk now? What are your options?

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Thank you for your response. Yes, I mentioned the conversation we had
seven years ago. They said many advancements have been made. The part of
the wrap that has come undone gets stuck in the opening of the diaphragm
and it feels like I am having a heart attack and have shortness of
breath. I have had a heart cath and stress tests before and all is well.
I just want to make an educated and well informed decision.


Sherry Ann Rothe Davenport

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@SherryD

Seven years ago I had a nissen fundoplication done by a great surgeon here in San Antonio,Texas. I had a very large hiatal hernia. The wrap has come undone and there is another hernia. I have visited with the same two surgeons that did the original surgery. At the time (seven years ago) I was told that the surgery could never be repeated and if I wanted to ever consider gastric bypass, it would not be possible. These doctors are surgeons at a bariatric clinic and this is the types of surgeries they do every day. During my visit last week, I was told a repair surgery was necessary and once they get in my abdominal area, if the stomach and herniated areas are in really bad shape, I would need gastric bypass as a last resort. I am almost 62 years old and about 25 pounds over weight. I am scared to death and the thought of something going wrong leaves me in great fear. Have any of you ever had the repair done? The surgery was not a walk in the park, but I have a very high tolerance for pain. The discomfort isn’t a concern, but something going wrong is.

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I applaud your efforts to get information to make an educated and well informed decision. I would too. If you search for “nissen” or “gastric bypass” in the search bar above, you’ll find quite a few messages where people are talking about these procedures. If you find a conversation or person you would like to connect with, simply post a message to that discussion and they will get a notification that a new message has been posted. Furthermore, if you add the @ sign before a member’s username in your message, they will get an email of the new message. I hope we can pair you will other people with similar circumstances.
Colleen
Community Director

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