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Acid Reflux & Nissen Fundoplication

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  • Posted By: Real_eyes08
  • April 6, 2008
  • 02:38 AM

Hello, this is my first post on this website, so not sure how it all works.
My story, where do I start?
I'm 22 and suffered with acid reflux for many years, my Asthma was affeced badly and always seemed to have chest infections. I tried and tested various acid suppressors/PPI's etc. After seeing a Gastroenterologist and having all the neccessary tests (pH,Gastroscopy Barium x-ray) the Dr told me I had severe reflux and Hiatus Hernia, I was put on a waiting list for a Laprascopic Nissen Fundoplication & H.Hernia repair.
I had the operation in September 2007, apart from developing fluid on one Lung, chest infection and a wound infection, the surgery went well.
Apart from swallowing difficulty when eating hard/lumpy foods like meat etc, Finally, after many years I was acid free. Approximately 3 months post op, I was lying in bed one evening and started experiencing acid and a burning/pain in the centre/epigastric region. Since then, I've experienced many of my symptoms I had prior to surgery, i.e. the ability to belch, regurgitation etc.
I explained all this to my surgeon, he then arranged for me to have a Barium x-ray and a Gastroscopy to see what is going on inside.
I had these test done last month and due to see the surgeon in 2 weeks for results.
Following the Barium x-ray, the nurse briefly told me that there was hernia, but didn't say how big and the piece of bread they got me to swallow wasn't going down, it was sticking.
And all I know from the Gastroscopy, is that theres a slippage of the Cardia.
This brings me to the reason I'm hear posting this. I want to know if anyone can tell me what "Slippage of the Cardia" means?
Any advice welcome.
Thanks.
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  • I don't have an answer for you, but I wanted to let you know I can sympathize with you. My son is 2 1/2 yrs old and had his nissen done when he was 4 weeks old (when he had a feeding tube placed.) The pediatric surgeon said that he automatically does a nissen when he sets a g-tube for children under 1 yr of age since reflux is such a common issue with in that age group. Since then my son has had a horrid gagging/retching problem. It has gotten better - I guess you could say. It has gone from mild on and off all throughout the day episodes to very forceful ones typically just in the morning or when he is very upset. We have been to see everyone from an ENT to a ped. GI specialist to the surgeon looking for help. All we've got is "he'll grow out of it". The surgeon swears that the nissen is just fine. I hope you get the answers and relief you are looking for.
    heavyheart 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hey friend, why dont you try yoga ,,, u need PRANAYAM --- i have acid reflux and i feel 95% better ever since i started doing yoga ,, u need breathing exercises known as PRANAYAM ,,, try googling "ramdev Yoga from india"God Bless!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't have an answer for you, but I wanted to let you know I can sympathize with you. My son is 2 1/2 yrs old and had his nissen done when he was 4 weeks old (when he had a feeding tube placed.) The pediatric surgeon said that he automatically does a nissen when he sets a g-tube for children under 1 yr of age since reflux is such a common issue with in that age group. Since then my son has had a horrid gagging/retching problem. It has gotten better - I guess you could say. It has gone from mild on and off all throughout the day episodes to very forceful ones typically just in the morning or when he is very upset. We have been to see everyone from an ENT to a ped. GI specialist to the surgeon looking for help. All we've got is "he'll grow out of it". The surgeon swears that the nissen is just fine. I hope you get the answers and relief you are looking for. Thanks for your comment and sorry to hear your son is suffering, And at such a young age too. My symptoms I suppose started from birth, as my mum use to tell me that I always sicked my feeds back up and was regularly taking me back & forth to the GP in hope to get some answers, but nothing was done, other than changing the milk formula a few times but this didn't work. As I grew older, I remember being sick and reching quite often and pains in stomach etc. It took until I reached 12/13 for the GP to say it was reflux, but even then nothing was done other than prescriptions for PPI's. Its just been such a long agonising journey and it doesn't seem to be over yet!I wish all the best of luck, with whatever treatment your son has.
    Real_eyes08 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't have an answer for you, but I wanted to let you know I can sympathize with you. My son is 2 1/2 yrs old and had his nissen done when he was 4 weeks old (when he had a feeding tube placed.) The pediatric surgeon said that he automatically does a nissen when he sets a g-tube for children under 1 yr of age since reflux is such a common issue with in that age group. Since then my son has had a horrid gagging/retching problem. It has gotten better - I guess you could say. It has gone from mild on and off all throughout the day episodes to very forceful ones typically just in the morning or when he is very upset. We have been to see everyone from an ENT to a ped. GI specialist to the surgeon looking for help. All we've got is "he'll grow out of it". The surgeon swears that the nissen is just fine. I hope you get the answers and relief you are looking for. :eek: Thanks for your comment. Sorry to hear your son is still suffering, especially at a young age too. I guess my problems strated from birth too, as my mum has said to me that I always sicked my feeds back up and always kept her awake during the night. Nothing was done when I was baby, but when I reached 12/13, my mum was scared for me becuase I was always sick and was given different medicines to take. And now, even though I've finally had the operation, my long and agonising journey doesn't seem to over yet.But thanks for your support, I wish you goodluck in whatever treatment your son has next.Thanks.
    Real_eyes08 10 Replies Flag this Response
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