Just had Laparoscopic Fundoplication

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Had Fundoplication operation on 4.2.08. Symptoms first appeared 4 years or so ago - acid reflux, tiredness, nausea / general unwellness. Things like bending over after eating or spicy foods, caffeine, wine, chocolate all made things worse.

Took 12 months+ to diagnose via 24 hour pH test (which showed slightly raised acid levels) and endoscopy (which was clear).

Lanzoprazole sorted out the acid problems but consultant recommended Fundoplication at some stage as condition would probably only get worse and long term dependency on proton inhibitors a concern.

Went ahead with the op beginning of Feb and was not as bad as feared.

Hiatus hernia type repair as well as the Fundoplication apparently.

Op on Monday afternoon, home Tuesday morning! Back to work within a couple of weeks and down the gym also.

Reflux gone, no medication so far (after a month). Eating is tricky due to internal swelling take c.6 weeks to go down. Still not got that feeling of \"wellbeing\" but hopefully that will come in time.

Interested in others experiences of recovering from the operation??

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    Hi Nick,I bet your glad thats over with hope your feeling 100% soon,did the opertion take long?was it keyhole?ive been suffering for nearly 3 years now first they thought it was pollops then a nasal drip and after nerly 2 years sent me to see another specialist where i had the camera on 3 visits,ph testing,barium meal swallow,scans,axrays and various other tests,i was starting to think thats it im stuck taking 12 tablets a day for the rest of my life,i was told i had severe acid reflux but that was being controlled by the tablets my main worry was the constant coughing which left me with pains in my chest and heaving and everyone at work always thought i had something which you could catch so wouldn't come near me,now finaly they are willing to operate if that what i want so of course i said yes,i hve now been put on the waiting list which i have been told will be about 3 months.
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    Operation took around 2 hours, key hole, so now 4 weeks later just left with very small scars which will hopefully almost completely disappear in time!

    The actual post=op period wasn't as bad as I thought - main fear was the unknown!

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    This is to Jeanette.I have been suffering with acid reflux for years and do have a hiatus hernia.I have had numerous gastroscopies and also a 24 hr PH acidity test(never again!!),a Barium swallow(did not show reflux!!) and now have got to have a Bravo test done to get me those results.I am so frustrated because i feel the consultant does NOT believe i have reflux AND now severe nausea 24/7. I would like to share the experience wiith you and if you had the last test,how did you get on?? I am going to eat everything that aggravates me...i do not care,just feel its best that they should see it how it is.I really do want the op but getting nowhere fast....please reply!! sad
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    I have had the niseen operation on tuesday all seemed fine came home on wed but today sat woke up early hours with acid and pain again had to go to the doctors told to take my nexium tablets again he said it might be due to constipation so taking laxatives as well. Did you have any problems after the op I thought this was goining to cure it but it seems as bad as ever. look forward to hearing from you.

    PAULA

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    Hi Paula,

    I had Op on 6th November. Not sure how normal it is but I too have had what feels like acid again, my tongues also tingling. I spoke to a guy I know who had op last year and he said he had it too and once the swelling etc had settled and he was eating normally again it all seemed to go.....fingers crossed!

    It does get you down thoguh as you feel you've gone through it all for nothing! How are you eating etc?

    Bye for now

    Mandy

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