I have read your post and I understand where you are coming from, but I had a very successful Nissen Fundo done earlier this year and now I don't need to worry about my Barret's so much. I'll go for surveillance endoscopies 1-2 years apart, but my symptoms have improved and I don't have to take 80mg Nexium a day since I've had the operation.
I had a lot of tests done and seen a lot of Specialists before I agreed to the operation and that definitely makes a big difference in the outcome.
As fundoplicationshurt reminds us, no surgery is without risk. Cutting the Vagus nerve was one of my biggest worries and I certainly asked the surgeon prior to engaging him to do my Nissen Fundo work if he had any history about cutting the Vagus Nerve. He had done over 100 procedures with no Vagus Nerve issues, and like Smiley, it was a hugely successful procedure. That said, when I had another emergency surgery to repair a bowel blockage, that possibility was presented to me prior to the surgery. When I had a pacemaker inserted I was alerted that the leads from the pacer into the heart sometimes creates goofy symptoms. Prior to my heart bypass surgery, the Vagus Nerve issue came up as a possible complication.
I feel it is a risk/reward situation when we agree to invasive surgeries. In my case, the presence of a Barrett's Esophagus diagnosed trumped the less that 100 to 1 chance of cutting the Vagus nerve. Studies show over 90% of patients who have the NF procedure consider the procedure successful, but certainly, any time we agree to either holistic or invasive procedures, we make a choice and have to accept the consequences.
I agree with fundoplicationshurt completely, there is a risk... but developing an active cancer because of Barrett's pre-cancer tipped the balance for me to having the NF, and in my case it was a good choice.
I have suffered so much emotional stress from my first surgery and the doc trying to tell me I was ok. I dealt with it for almost a year before I made a 7 hour trip to Cleveland Clinic to see a Dr. Thomas Rice who in his words said my surgery was ONE WEIRD MESS!! He took it all down and put it back and said it was so messed up most surgeons would have just taken it out. I was stuck on a feeding tube for 10 weeks , have been through 3 major stretch procedures and can finally get some foods down like oatmeal ,etc. However I lost 50 lbs and 35 inches, and still even when I get food down , it goes straight through. Nothing wrong with my colon so they think the first Doctor damaged my nerves during his messed up surgery and I may be stuck with that for life . I live off Ensure now to stay as well as I can but go back on Feb 4th for another evaluation from Dr. Rice to see if he can make it better or I live like I am as long as I can or stuck with a feeding tube for life. It stinks and the first doctor make it sound like a piece of cake. I can only say I wish I had went to Cleveland first, Dr. Rice told me this surgery should NEVER be done laposcopic!! It is way to major so how are these DR.s getting away with this??
I have suffered so much emotional stress from my first surgery July 2011 and the doc trying to tell me I was ok. I went back to him two weeks after the surgery and tried to tell him something was wrong. I dealt with it for almost a year before I made a 7 hour trip to Cleveland Clinic and had it taken down and put back in July 2012. The surgeon there in his own words said my surgery was ONE WEIRD MESS!! He said it was so messed up most surgeons would have just taken it out. I was stuck on a feeding tube for 10 weeks , have been through 3 major stretch procedures and can finally get some foods down like oatmeal ,etc. However I lost 50 lbs and 35 inches, and still even when I get food down , it goes straight through and I have no control of my bowels. Nothing wrong with my colon so they think the first Doctor damaged my nerves during his messed up surgery and I may be stuck with that for life . I live off Ensure now to stay as well as I can but go back on Feb 4th for another evaluation from my Cleveland doctor to see if he can make it better or I live like I am as long as I can or stuck with a feeding tube for life. It stinks and the first doctor make it sound like a piece of cake. I can only say I wish I had went to Cleveland first, I was told me this surgery should NEVER be done laposcopic!! It is way to major so how are these DR.s getting away with this??
Hello, my story is very similar yours. I had frequent heartburn (4yrs) and was diagnosed with Gerd. I took PPI's that worked well (when I took them) but it became worse and I had my Gastro Doc perform an Endoscope that revealed an 4-5 cm Hiatal hernia. He also performed an upper GI that confirmed that it was an "Sliding Hiatal hernia". He then performed an Esophageal manometry that revealed good esophageal pressures but the Sliding Hiatal hernia was causing a small sliding stomach like sack that was stuck in my chest cavity (when I laid down) that left my LES open that cause acid erosion. Once we had all the info we decided to have the Hiatai hernia repaired (without the mesh) and I was told that a 360 degree fundoplication was needed to stop further possible Hiatal hernias and that it would fix all my Gerd symptoms. I had the surgery In Jan 2013 and had the common side effects (no burping, no vomitting, IBS, gas and flatuation). At six weeks post op I started have extreme pain in the area of the fundoplication. It felt like I was being stabbed with a knife. I was doubled over and nothing would relieve my pain. I went to the emergency room and the performed a drink swallow test that revealed nothing. Then my Doc ordered a CT scan and I also requested an ultra sound of my liver and gallbladder area because the pain also radiated to my right side. The results where my gallbladder was extremely diseased (gallstones, sludge, lesions and ready to pop). He then performed emergency surgery to pull the gallbladder. I had eight more attacks (in a two week period) after surgery and discover my body was rejecting the fundoplication. I went to my surgeon and requested the removal (release) of the fundoplication and he performed the release surgery in march 2013. I AM 100% BETTER!!! It was the best thing that I ever did!!! I am feeling great and I believe that the fundoplication surgery was not needed but the Hiatal hernia repair & gallbladder was my problem all along. The fundoplication surgery is an out-dated procedure and should not be performed. Our natural body anatomy is the way God intended it to be and in my case my body rejected it. Trading one symptom (heartburn/Gerd) for six symptoms was worse!!! Please do your research first and ask question!!! Do not just take the word of your Doctor!!! Doctors PRACTICE medicine!!! The operative word here is PRACTICE!!! God Bless!!! Good Luck!!! Get it reversed ASAP!!!
Can I ask where in Victoria did you get yor NF done. I am booked for my operation next friday 10.05.13 and i am in Victoria and I have got to say I did feel reasonably comfortable about the choice to have the op but reading these posts and info on the net I am now feeling very anxious.
I really hope it gets better for you.
I have been on meds for 4 years and often wake up choking from the reflux and acid in my throat - meds have had no impact. I also have a h/hernia that will be fixed during operation but given the trust I have placed in my doctor, maybe I need to discuss a partial fundo (I was not aware of such a thing) which worries me given the talking about lack of information provided by doctors.
Maybe I am just getting worried because its so close but maybe I need more info, I just cant keep choking on my own body acid either. Wht to do???