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What are the most common complications of a nissen fundoplication for gerd?

What are the most common complications of a nissen fundoplication for gerd?

EARLY or LATE?: Early complications include injury to the stomach, esophagus, or adjacent organs (spleen). Late complications may be due to the wrap being too tight (difficulty swallowing, gas-bloat syndrome) or too loose (persistent reflux). Rarely, nerve injury can lead to diarrhea and/or poor emptying of the stomach. ...Read more

Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease (gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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How long does it normally take to recover after having a nissen fundoplication for gerd?

How long does it normally take to recover after having a nissen fundoplication for gerd?

Few days to few wks: Recovery from nissen fundoplicatoin can be from a few days if done minimally-invasively with laparoscopy, or can take a few weeks if done with open laparotomy approach. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go through a nissen fundoplication for GERD after having a gall bladder removal done on me?

Is it okay to go through a nissen fundoplication for GERD after having a gall bladder removal done on me?

Yes: Yes. Once you have recovered from your gallbladder removal there is no reason why you can't have a fundoplication for reflux if your doctor feels a fundoplication is a good treatment for your reflux. ...Read more

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How does the nissen fundoplication reduce the symptoms of gerd?

How does the nissen fundoplication reduce the symptoms of gerd?

Multiple Ways: A nissen is wraping the loose upper portion of the stomach around the lower esophagus to reinforce the valve that is located there to prevent reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. It also works by bringing the lower esophagus into the abdominal cavity where pressure is greater, furthing reinforcing the valve. Also an hiatel hernia found at the time is repaired. ...Read more

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What tests should be run before considering a nissen fundoplication to manage severe, chronic gerd?

What tests should be run before considering a nissen fundoplication to manage severe, chronic gerd?

Several: The work up for surgery for gerd includes an exam by the surgeon, an upper endoscopy preferably by the surgeon, possibly a test to measure how much acid is coming up, and an esophageal manometry which tests the function of the esophagus. Sometimes an x-ray UGI is also done. ...Read more

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Is LINX System a better option for me than Nissen Fundoplication? If I have severe GERD LES (0, 3mHg)? Thanks

No: No Nissan fundoplication have a fifty years or more of success in spite being more invasive has better track record of success now done with laparoscope as out patient make it more appealing the surgery fix the problem of hernia and reflux at the same time any other alternative like LINX could prevent reflux for a short time and it does not have long record of success yet get second opinion ...Read more

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How does esophyx compare to nissen fundoplication in terms of efficacy and safety? I have bad GERD and laryngitis. Which should I do?

How does esophyx compare to nissen fundoplication in terms of efficacy and safety? I have bad GERD and laryngitis. Which should I do?

Both have pros&cons: Bad gerd with laryngitis that is poorly managed with meds makes you a candidate for either procedure.
Esophyx is endoscopic without scars but is newer, less studied& not indicated for big hiatal hernia.
Laparoscopic nissen fundoplication is the gold standard but it is a surgery/more expensive and makes it difficult to heave or burp.
They are both operator dependent & patient selection is key. ...Read more

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I'm 40 years old and had the fundoplication 15 years ago but it failed. What are the side affects of not taking GERD medication for over ten years?

Worst case...: ...Scenario - acid reflux leading to damage to the esophagus, progressing to esophageal cancer. You need to be followed regularly by a gastroenterologist to keep this from happening. ...Read more

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Can you recommend the Torax Linx device as a less invasive alternative to a Nissen Fundoplication for management of GERD?

Good early reposrts: New device but seems promising. Early report from LAC-USC in Los Angeles, CA endorse its use so far ...Read more

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I have had GERD for 12 years been on ppis since then. I am 32, 6' 175lbs. Considering nissen fundoplication to get off ppis and help with regurgitation. Tests are good but I am hesitant, any advice?

See below: Iyou live in austin texas, which has some of the best gastroenterologist in United States. I would suggest you check in with austin gastroenterology. And get a second opinion before you consider any surgery. Also, you need a workup for food allergy. I lot of patients who had nissen that still have gerd. Later to find out they had a food allergy. Wish you the best. ...Read more

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What bariatric procedure could I have with a hx of GERD @ 20 years W/gastritis. Treated with Nissen Fundoplication that failed after 2 years?

What bariatric procedure could I have with a hx of GERD @ 20 years W/gastritis. Treated with Nissen Fundoplication that failed after 2 years?

Up to you: The kind of procesure you are going to need will be dicided on your weight, and how much you need to lose, and the other co-morbid problems you have you surgical history will make a difference but that challange is to the surgeon.
discuss your history with the surgeon, and you both decide what is the right thing for you. ...Read more

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Hi, I know it´s risk, but my question is. I want to know what will happen, if I go to fundoplication? . I have GERD 3mmhg and dysmotility of esophagus

Hi, I know it´s risk, but my question is. I want to know what will happen, if I go to fundoplication? . I have GERD 3mmhg and dysmotility of esophagus

Depends.: Surgery for gerd certainly can help symptoms, but as with any surgery, there can be complications and long-term side effects. Currently, surgery is recommended for gerd only if the patient is refractory to medical therapy. Have you had a good trial of anti-reflux medications? Did they work? These are questions that you will need to answer with your physician before considering any sort of surgery. ...Read more

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Does the stomach pain caused by my GERD go away after having a nissen fundoplication?

Does the stomach pain caused by my GERD go away after having a nissen fundoplication?

GERD usually. ..: ... Causes esophageal pain (heartburn) and not stomach pain. .. If stomach pain, then gerd may not be cause, and fundoplication may not fix this stomach pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about fundoplication surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease?

Making better valve: ... To keep stomach acid in stomach. The most common operation for gastroesophageal reflux (ger) performed in the us is a fundoplication in which the top of the stomach (fundus) is plicated or wrapped around the bottom of the swallowing tube (esophagus) to make a better valve there. It can either be a full- or partial-wrap. The operation can be done openly or laparoscopically. ...Read more

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I have severe gerd, uncontrolled by prescription + diet, causing crippling laryngitis for over a year. Should I consider fundoplication? This surgery scares me.

I have severe gerd, uncontrolled by prescription + diet, causing crippling laryngitis for over a year. Should I consider fundoplication? This surgery scares me.

Yes you should.: Patients with severe gerd with extra-esophageal manifestations not responding to intensive medical therapy and lifestyle changes should be considered for nissen fundoplication. In our days it is done laparoscopically and in good hands the surgery is safe and effective. I have good success rates with my patients who failed high dose ppis. ...Read more

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I have dysmotility of esophagus and GERD 3mmhg (scleroderma). Will be posibble to do fundoplication in the future if my esophagus will be ok? Thanks

I have dysmotility of esophagus and GERD 3mmhg (scleroderma). Will be posibble to do fundoplication in the future if my esophagus will be ok? Thanks

Not indicated: Esophageal dysmotility is usually a strong contraindication for consideration of fundoplication surgery, as that surgery may cause worsening symptoms or an obstruction. ...Read more

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23years old. Could be possible to undergo fundoplication of GERD 0, 3mmHg=LES if I have aperistalsis of all esophagus (distal, midd, proximal)? Thanks

23years old. Could be possible to undergo fundoplication of GERD 0, 3mmHg=LES if I have aperistalsis of all esophagus (distal, midd, proximal)? Thanks

Depends: If you have reflux, then this would be good- but if your esophagus isn't working because of no peristalsis this may not be advised. I would check with you GI physician ...Read more

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Which is the less bad option for a 12-year-old with GERD? Long term PPI or fundoplication? Vomiting returns when goes off PPI.

Which is the less bad option for a 12-year-old with GERD? Long term PPI or fundoplication? Vomiting returns when goes off PPI.

Hard to say: Gerd is a variable process and treatment includes dietary, behavioral, medication and surgical approaches. I don't know anyone who would operate on a kid that age that could be managed well by PPI's. That decision is better made by those who have more data on the past treatment and present status. ...Read more

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Crohns disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, barrett's esophagus, esophagitis. 2010 had a fundoplication. Why isn't it working anymore?

Crohns disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, barrett's esophagus, esophagitis. 2010 had a fundoplication. Why isn't it working anymore?

Many possibilities: See your surgeon and your gastroenterologist. The surgery may have failed, or your symptoms are not related to reflux. If you had barrett's esophagus, all the more reason to be seen by your physicians. ...Read more

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


Dr. Charles Cattano
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Heartburn (Definition)

A painful burning sensation in the esophagus, just below or behind the breastbone. The pain often rises in your chest and may radiate to ...Read more