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Does nissen fundoplication reduce risk of Barrett's? Does the surgery have any long term risks?

Does nissen fundoplication  reduce risk of Barrett's? 

Does the surgery have any long term risks?

Yes: the procedure is used to treat REFRACTORY GERD (poorly responsive to MEDICAL Treatment) The surgeon will describe possible complications of the surgery including bleeding, obstruction etc. Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Dr. Dan Lister
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Fundoplication (Definition)

A fundoplication is wrapping the top of the stomach (fundus) around and attaching it to itself. It can be a partial wrap (toupet fundoplication) or a complete wrap (nissen fundoplication). It is usually used to ...Read more


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After a nissen fundoplication takedown, should the normal esophagal motility priorto.Surgery return?

After a nissen fundoplication takedown, should the normal esophagal motility priorto.Surgery return?

Yes.: When performing a nissen fundoplication, the esophagus is only marginally affected. Therefore, following reversal your esophageal function should return to your pre-surgical state. This is best determined by a motility study. ...Read more

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Why are there mixed opinions on reversal of nissen fundoplication surgery? Is reversal safe, difficult?

It is more difficult: To undo a nissen fundoplcation than to do it. After creating a nissen fundoplcation, it gets really scarred in place. To take it down puts the distal esophagus and gastric fundus at risk for injury. The only reason to consider taking one down is intolerable gastric bloating with inability to burp or vomit afterwards. And you have to consider why the fundoplcation was done in the first place. ...Read more

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I know nausea can be treated but how common is nausea after nissen fundoplication surgery?

Same as before. : Your risk of nausea should be the same after surgery as it was before. I'm assuming you are worried about the inability to vomit after a nissen. I give my patient a prescription for anti nausea meds after surgery and tell them that if those don't take care of their nausea, to go to the er. If you haven't had surgery yet, there are several other surgical options that allow the patient to vomit. ...Read more

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Has anyone had both a gallbladder removed and also undergone nissen fundoplication surgery? How is the recovery process?

Has anyone had both a gallbladder removed and also undergone nissen fundoplication surgery? How is the recovery process?

Combining surgeries: Usually makes the surgery longer, causes more complications, increases healing time and increases the risk of bleeding or infection. As for healing - ask your surgeon usually at least 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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My daughter is 14 months and had a Nissen fundoplication and a few days after surgery she was great but now she is cranky and unhappy. Ideas please?

My daughter is 14 months and had a Nissen fundoplication and a few days after surgery she was great but now she is cranky and unhappy. Ideas please?

Nausea: can make a baby cranky after Nissen because she cannot vomit. Take her to her doctor to be sure there is nothing else wrong and if cleared ask to try an antinausea medication . Other possibilities include breakdown of the surgical procedure or a post operative complication so do not wait before seeing the doctor. ...Read more

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What are risks of fundoplication surgery on infants?

What are risks of  fundoplication surgery on infants?

Surgeons always: Discuss benefits vs. Risks of a procedure before parents sign a consent for surgery. Fundoplication is usually proposed if infant is not gaining weight, has esophagitis, is aspirating formula into the lungs, or neurologic problems cause feeding difficulty & a gastrostomy tube is needed, all of which are a much greater risk than surgery or anaesthesia. It's also considered when meds haven't worked. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about fundoplication surgery on infants?

Done for severe GER: All young infants have some gastroesophageal reflux; that's why they spit-up. At 4-6 months' age, the lower esophageal sphincter becomes more competent, and reflux usually subsides. If it continues and causes severe problems with the respiratory system (stopping breathing, recurrent pneumonia), poor nutrition, or direct esophageal complications (inflammation, stricture), surgery is considered. ...Read more