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Posted by Torey Lyons on October 22, 2000 at 22:18:08:

In Reply to: Re: Nissen Fundoplication posted by Karie on October 07, 2000 at 22:09:28:

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: : : : Hi,
: : : : I have had that done and I am glad but if you don't need it don't get it. You are unable to vomit or burp and you get stomach gas alot.
: : : : I had to have it done becaues i have barretts and I need to have an endoscopy every two years to
: : : : check the spots in my stomach.
: : : : If you can control it another way do that

: : : : : Thanks.

: : :
: : : : Thanks for your response, Sammie. I am hesitant about not having the surgery because of the fear of Barretts. Did you have a long recovery? How long ago did you have the surgery? My surgeon says that in time the wrap will relax. Have you found this to be the case?

: : : Thanks again!

: : My recovery was not too bad I had the surgery four years ago in June and yes it has relaxed some
: : ask your surgeon if he reccommends that a person who has barretts and has had the surgery should also still have prilosec twice a day?
: : I lost alot of weight when i had my surgery because of eating and then when i did start eating solid foods it was really hard because of the gas problem so i took gas X and that worked alittle but I am glad i had it done and sounds like maybe you should also have this done so you don't get barretts I need a endoscopy once every two years now because of my barretts
: : Good luck to you and please keep in touch with me on this ok
: : Sammie

: Hi my name is Karie. I am 18 years old and had an open nissen fundoplication done in Aug of 99. I was born with achalasia and have had many surgeries since. I needed the funoplication because of barretts and also of Gerd. I am still getting the symptons like I did before the surgery. I can't swallow and I have heartburn. I would definately look into the surgery before you get it. It took a long time for me to recover and doesn't seem worth it.

My name is Torey Lyons. I am 16 and had the surgery done a little over a year ago, due to Barretts. I had a very, very difficult recovery. I weighed 163 pounds, and dropped to 116 in a little over 2 weeks because of not being able to eat, which lead to some discomforting tubes in my stomach until I gained more weight. 9 times out of 10 you arent able to vomit after the surgery, however i was the 10th time and couldnt vomit at first, but then boy could i vomit! Its like when you put your thumb on the top of a hose to restrict the passage way and the water goes flying out... you get the idea. My recovery was a pain in the butt. I was in and out of the hospital for months, averaging one week in and one week out. I've always been somewhat of a quick healer, but i went through hell and back trying to get better. Is it worth it? well, i dont have acid reflux or ulcers anymore, but i still have barretts. Its hard to decide if it was worth it or not. I can run now, and i coudlnt before. So i suppose it was. But it was a bit easy to go into depression after the Nissen. Just be warned. if you have any other questions, please feel free to e-mail me at [email protected]

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