It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Acid Reflux / GERD Message Board

Successful Surgery

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-17-2010, 04:48 PM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle
Posts: 1
zoogal HB User
Wink Successful Surgery

Successful surgery

Hi. I want to share the news of my successful surgery. I am a 71 year old woman. I had severe acid reflux which led to Barrett’s Esophagus. Over the years, the reflux got worse and my medication (Protonix) wasn’t working well. I’ve had a number of episodes of waking up at night with my mouth full of acid which burned my mouth and throat. I knew I had a hiatal hernia and a barium x-ray showed that 2/3 of my stomach was in my chest. I decided to look into having surgery.

I get all my medical care at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. I went through two tests to determine if I was a good candidate for surgery. The first was a manometry test which showed my esophagus was working normally. The second was a dual probe 24-hour pH monitoring. This test was uncomfortable because during the days leading up to the test, I had to gradually stop taking any meds for acid reflux. On the day of the test, I could take no meds at all. I had to keep a diary of when I had reflux, which turned out to be nearly the whole time. The test results showed a DeMeester score of 79.9, which is very high. “Normal” is below 14.7. I was told that I was a good candidate for surgery.

My surgeon was Carlos Pellegrini. I had laparoscopic surgery (with five incisions for the instruments) to repair my hiatal hernia and a Nissen fundoplication. A mesh made of pig tissue was used to reinforce the repair around the hiatus. The surgery took about 4 hours.

The surgery was done on Tuesday morning and I left the hospital 24 hours later. I experienced minimal discomfort in the hospital. At home, my recovery was rapid and I only felt a little pain from the incisions. I was on a liquid diet for 2 days, and then a diet of soft food. At my check up 2 weeks after surgery, I was told I could resume a normal diet. I carefully followed the restrictions on physical activity for 6 weeks (no lifting, no strenuous exercise, even no vacuuming). I’ve had no complications at all.

It has been over two months since the surgery. The acid reflux is completely gone. I also have asthma and before the surgery, often had episodes of coughing. Asthma and acid reflux are often related and I’m happy to report that I no longer have coughing. I still have asthma, but it isn’t as severe.

If you are considering surgery, I hope my success story will offer you encouragement.

The Following User Says Thank You to zoogal For This Useful Post:
kycejo (10-25-2012)
Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 03-17-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 118
abbydabbydew HB User
Re: Successful Surgery

Thanks for sharing, zoogal. I'm nowhere near needing surgery (yet), but I enjoyed hearing your story. Sometimes this board is characterized by much doom and gloom about reflux, so it's nice to hear a success story once in a while.

Old 03-17-2010, 08:25 PM   #3
MountainReader's Avatar
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Out West
Posts: 4,023
MountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB UserMountainReader HB User
Re: Successful Surgery

Hi Zoogal,

I'm only in my 30's, but your symptoms sound a lot like mine used to be. I had severe "silent" reflux that no longer responded to treatment. The reflux caused a chronic cough and also flared my asthma which caused a chronic cough. I had surgery in October 2008. Immediately I noticed a difference. My symptoms were gone when I woke after surgery. I've had a return of cough this last winter, but I think it was mainly just classic asthma. Waiting for test results to confirm it isn't reflux. Anyway, I'd go through the surgery again in a heartbeat. My asthma had gotten so severe that it had become lifethreatening You are adding food back quicker than I did though. Please be careful with the meats and breads. It is very uncomfortable to have food stuck above the wrap.

Take care,

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Anyone Ever Had A Successful Back Operation? TroyM32 Back Problems 14 01-08-2011 09:11 PM
Successful back surgery? jenj770 Back Problems 6 08-26-2009 08:45 PM
Are there ANY successful surgeries for those with Degenerative Disc Disease??? bigblue92 Back Problems 27 01-09-2009 04:30 PM
Tennis Elbow Surgery-How Successful?????? blueygirl1 Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 0 04-08-2007 08:12 AM
Has anyone had successful back fusion coyote girl Back Problems 21 05-29-2006 11:29 PM
IVF Successful??? wanna-b-free Infertility 9 04-30-2005 04:26 PM
Fusion was 100 percent successful susan_a22 Back Problems 9 05-19-2004 05:20 PM
Successful Reconstructive Breast Surgery *Waylin* Cosmetic / Plastic Surgery 3 05-16-2003 09:35 PM
Has anyone ever known anyone who had successful TMJ surgery? Joyce2 TMJ Disorder -TemporoMandibular Joint 7 11-10-2002 08:25 PM

acid reflux, hiatal hernia, nissen fundoplication, seattle

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:36 PM.

Site owned and operated by™
© 1998-2018™ All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!