Nissen procedure for Acid Relux

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Just had the procedure 15/02/2017 and I must say that the after effects are not half as bad as expected.

I have read many stories on here and I guess it depends on the person but the main thing is that you have to be positive before the procedure and go in expecting to be healed of that terrible acid that has caused you all sorts of hassles for so long. 

I am a 63yr maleand have suffered with reflux for years. It really got bad in 2012 and so I had the scopes from both sides to check for the big C. Fortunately nothing. I was concerned as my father had died from stomach cancer and had suffered with extreme acid all his life - don't know why he never did anything about it. His mother and sister also died from gastro related issues but I do not know what.

I was placed on the max doses of Ezomeprazole and Ranitidine after using Domperidone which was then banned. I also had the prescription only Gaviscon thick liquid. But when Aunty acid decided to say hello nothing worked.

The surgeon is Mr Adrian Harris and he is a great guy. I would highly recommend him and he operates in Hinchingbrooke Hospital Huntingdon.

The actual operation took over 3 hours as I had a huge Hiatus Hernia . I was in recovery for 2.5 hours and felt very very woozy on waking up. 

I stayed over noght and was discharged after lunch the next day when I could hold down soup and jelly. 

The worst is the stiffness and discomfort in the neck and shoulders from the gas they pump in. Then the abdominal muscles feel as if you ahd dome a thousand situps . But on dau 4 I am moving easliy and drinking my liquids in the form of special shakes (search for Slo drinks) and smoothies. Taking tablets whole and not having any hassles swallowing. Thinking that at this rate I could be on sloppy foods in another 3 days.

My outlook is good and I am so glad that I can now sleep on either side , without being propped up and KNOW that there is no acid coming up.

If you were considering this procedure, GO for it!

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    I'm 2 years down the line - and never regretted my fudoplication - I had a 270 degree - so was on sloppy foods the day after operation. The shoulder pain is bad - but doesn't last long - although there can be swelling around day 10 that can feel like reflux - that is just part of the healing process. I can pretty much eat or drink anything now - without reflux. Hope you recovery is swift and hassle free!

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    Hi,

    I had my operation in June last year, I was so worried about it right up until the needle went in, I agree the worst pain was in my shoulders from the gas, I took 7 weeks off work and started back on light duties.

    Now I'm eating more or less normally and I can have a couple of drinks without feeling acid reflux, it's such a weird feeling I've never experienced before as I've had reflux and acid most of my life,

    One the odd occasion now I get a little bit of nausea but it passes quickly and my scars are a tiny bit tender still, but compared to this time last year when I was taking 40mg nexium, 300mg of Ranitadine and lots of double advance gaviscon and still having symptoms after all that to now no medication only the very rare Ranitadine, I'm so glad I braved it and had the op.. 😁

    Regards

    Margaret

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      Great stuff Mags. I am also looking forward to the "normal" part of eating and drinking again without all the acid. Already I feel a huge differenc and that is only after 4 days!!!

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      Brilliant... Just take it slowly don't try and be brave and rush things, treat your stomach with cotton gloves, eat soft and slow. I even now have to remind myself to slow down as I've 80% I would say recovered eating too fast or too much can give me a bit of nausea.

      Being Irish I was able to celebrate St Patrick's day with a couple of guinness and a couple of hot whiskey and slept very well last night, last year I would have taken extra gaviscon and been awake most of the night feeling awful.. I love my new stomach... 😁

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      Hi.Did you get 24hour Ph Study and then operation? I have bad reflux everyday for over two years. Had Gastroscopy but nothing found. Getting 24hour Ph study in June but I really want them to find something to fix as can't socialise anymore. Was taking Nexium long term but now damaged kidneys so stopped. But need to get reflux sorted. Was waiting list long after Ph Study for operation? I am in Dublin. Don't have health cover for private hospitals.Only public.Attending Mater Hospital

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      Hi Carol,

      Yes I had the 24hr PH test and a manomarty test which tests your swallow function, then after the results of these tests came back it was advised I had the operation to prevent more problems in the future with damage to my oesophagus, lungs and voice box from acid..

      I. Was worried about the tests as it's a tube down the nose but it's actually nowhere near as bad as the camera down the throat.

      Good luck with everything.

      Regards

      Margaret

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