Has anyone had half a Nissen Fundoplication or a 270 Fundoplication and had a positive outcome?

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I'm 25 years old and have suffered with a hiatus hernia and chronic GERD for 7 years now.

I've tried all the PPIs and they don't work for me. I was offered the Nissen Fundoplication- half wrap in September 2016, after researching this, I found that LINX looked much more appealing.

After a second 24 hour and manometry Ph test, the surgeon who does the LINX Operation at Salford Royal has decided that my gullet is too weak for the LINX Operation. I am having a further manometry test but with food to see if this shows that my gullet isn't as weak with food. However it's not looking good.

My second option is to go back to the idea of the Nissen as I can't live on medication anymore as it doesn't work for me at all and the acid I have can be horrendous.

I've not seen many positive reviews of the Nissen and it's very off putting and worrying as I'm still quite young to have this type of op to have it go wrong. Is there anyone out there that can share a positive review?

I'd be very greatful for any advice or information, thank you.

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    Hi Stacey,

    It's worrying that negative reports of Nissen alwyas semm to surface easier than positive ones - even though, as reported in a follow up survey of patients who had received it 20 years ago, "90 % of patients are happy to have had LF" .

    I had the Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication 9 years ago and it was the best thing I ever did. I'd suffered all my life with reflux (- recalling incidences from when I was 3 years old! (I'm now 69. )

    I had been on PPIs for 15 years, increasing to very high dose of 80mg omeprazole daily. However, PPIs reduce acid not reflux.

    Unfortunately, my wrap came loose after 5 hours violent retching due to norovirus, and I had to have it repaired 3 years ago. The reflux symptoms are gone and I don't need medication.

    There was a previous post on this forum about Nissen experiences where a number of recipients shared their positive reviews.

    I, personally, have a number of reservations about Linx - but it works for some. One of the major concerns (and one admited by Torax medical who manufactue and market it) is of erosion and migration so it is important the integrity of the adventia (outer walls of the oesophagus) is sufficient.

    Hope all goes well,

    Regards, Chris.

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    Hi Stacey.

    I had a 270 wrap done, while the surgeon was doing the op they did the 360 and decided it was too tight for me so undone it and just gave me a 270 all in the one op.

    So far so good I think, I don't have the awful burning anymore but I do still have phlegm and some pain which I'm guessing is just my scars still healing as it was only June I had it done. I'm having a lump sensation in my throat too and a bit of a sore throat but not all of the time, I'm guessing as I didn't have the full wrap there is a tiny bit of reflux going on but a lot less than before.

    Good luck to you.

    Regards

    Margaret

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    Hi Stacey.  My short answer is go get it done ASAP but be sure you get a laparoscopic surgeon with plenty of experience.  Your life will be hugely improved.

    I suffered from GERD for 3 decades and that caused Barrett's Esophagus which took 5 burning sessions over 4 yrs to get removed.  Once I was finally free of that, I had the fundoplication surgery.  That was 3 yrs ago and I now eat anything I want with no fear of reflux.  Last reflux I had was the day before the surgery. The only side effects have been some belching but that's trivial.  There's a whole world full of great foods that I can now try without fear of acid reflux.  Bring on the spicy spaghetti sauce, I'm ready!

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      Hi Ron

      It's always great to read other success stories.

      I had my operation June last year..

      I took my last Nexium on the morning of the op.. I have had a few Ranitadine over the year while my stomach settled into its new life. I had a barium swallow a few weeks ago and it was all clear.. I still have a lot of gas north and south, and a little bit of tenderness around scars but on the whole I feel 98% better than before op.

      I've got this odd pain in my side below my ribs and it goes round to my back and belly, I had scan and no stones were seen. I've taken some buscapan for ibs and it clears it a bit so I'm thinking it may be trapped wind..

      Regards

      Margaret

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    I was due to have the Linx done on 4.1.2018. However, when the surgeon operated he found that my hernia was 8cm, my oesophagus short and the LOS too weak to support it. So they did the 270 fundoplication instead. So far my recovery has been good, apart from being on pureed food for up to 6 weeks!

    Knowing what they found, I am glad that I had this operation.

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      As a PS, the operation failed after 6 weeks! Apparently my diaphragm was to weak to hold the multitude if stitches required, so putting a mesh or further surgery is not an option.

      I also left hospital with a diathermy burn to my right thigh, full thickness, and a UTI which is still recurring one year later, so in hindsight maybe not the best decision.

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    I had this procedure done twice in a matter of days in April 2017 so after 9 months post op my quality of life has gone , house bound as well due to dumping syndrome ,chronic pancreatitis, prediabetes , possible Vegas nerve damage , gastroenterologist can’t do nothing for me they said .my local gp has referred me to the QE hospital Birmingham  to see a specialist that should be fun still waiting to get an appointment it’s been 3 months so far ,can’t see them curing me either  . So about a positive review  thou   It’s been a nightmare I wouldn’t have had it done if I know it was going to end up like this .
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    hi stacey, I've only just joined this forum, but for years i suffered with bad reflux so much so there wasn't much i could do around the house or even just sitting down without severe pain and acid affecting me. Nightimes were the biggest problem even when propped up i would wake up choking, coughing sometimes vomiting so much that it was affecting my breathing. when walking talking i would be breathless wheezing, i felt so depressed. Anyway i could go on and on. So i was offered a Nissan fundoplicat ion, this was one operation i was very nervous of, ive had a few ops but this one i didnt fancy. In the end i decided to go for it if it just helped my breathing that would be a bonus. Now im 4weeks in and ive not had any symptoms from the day after my op. My breathing is much better my reflux has gone, dont get me wrong after your op y our tender ,eating is is ok but diet is boring but you cant eat much any way at first. my recovery is ongoing but it was the best thing i have ever done. p.s. I had a half wrap or toupet, hope this helps anybody whos hinking about it.

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      Hi nobby

      I had my op two and a half years ago. Yes eating is slow and little but as time goes on you will be able to eat more. I'm almost eating as much as I used to before op but still need to keep watch on amount and eating slowly.. I can enjoy a glass or two of wine too and lay down on bed with no acid.. Best decision I've ever made.. No meds since op.. Best wishes to you for your onward recovery 🙂

      Regards

      Margaret

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