Nissen Fundoplication

Posted by tburnham @tburnham, Nov 1, 2021

I have a Nissen procedure scheduled for early December. I was really excited about it because I thought finally, my horrific GERD will be a thing of the past.
However, all I find online from people is that it literally destroyed their life and health.
Why would anyone get this done with such an awful outcome for so many people?
Anyone here have ANY positive outcome to share?

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@evanssandy34

They remove the wrap that is the cause of most problems, unless the surgeon cuts your vegus nerve. That you will not recover from and life long problems. Most surgeons will not reverse a Nissen Fundoplication and most insurance's will not pay for it. I have to fly from Idaho to Atlanta, where I found a surgeon that speciallizes in this and does 2 to 3 per week. I did not want someone that has done only one or 2. Good luck to you!

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How did you find the surgeon that specializes in this and how many he had done?

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@tburnham
I'm feeling the same way you did in November. Did you have your surgery done then in December? If so, did it turn out alright?

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@justann

How did you find the surgeon that specializes in this and how many he had done?

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I came to Mayo, thinking I had cancer (30lb weight loss) after having a GI specialist in my home state treat me unsuccessfully for years. Mayo GI dept had my prior scans and theirs which indicated half my stomach was above the diaphragm, there was some erosion, and referred me to a surgeon at Mayo at my request. The surgeon stated I had a grapefruit sized whole in my diaphragm allowing the stomach to move upward. Diagnosed on Friday and surgery was on a Monday. I flew home on Friday.

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My recovery hasn’t been perfect, but I’m better off and still believe gerd found it’s way into my lungs

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