I have had a hiatus hernia for many years and GORD. A gastroscopy three months ago showed Grade C oesophagitis, 6cm sliding hiatus hernia and diverticulosis. I have taken Lanzoprazole (one or two 15mg daily) for about 10 years. Following gall bladder removal last year I also have bouts of bile reflux. My meds were increased to 60mg Lanzoprazole for a few months, then 300mg Ranitidine was added after my first gastroscopy and a month's course of Sucralfrate 20mls daily. I then had an appointment with the gastro surgeon who recommended nissen fundoplication surgery. She explained some of the issues that may arise post surgery, including those that may not be temporary. I was referred for manometry and pH monitoring tests. I had to stop all meds for the week before the procedure and I had so much projectile vomiting that after four days I ended up in A&E with confusion and dehydration and was put on a drip. Had the manometry this week but I was so sick that the catheter came out when I got home and vomited violently. That was four days ago and I was told to go back on the meds until another appointment could be arranged, fortunately the sickness stopped quite quickly after the first few doses. I had a follow up gastroscopy today and was told that the increased meds that I've been on for the last few months have not resulted in any change to my oesophagus (although the consultant did say there was a marginal improvement but it was still Grade C). I have started using self help measures - wedge pillow and modifying my diet which is working well. I need to lose about a stone in weight and am focussing on that now. I was really disappointed that in the 12 weeks between the two gastroscopies there has been no significant improvement. I feel that I am heading for the nissen procedure, although I had hoped to avoid this.
Can anyone share any experiences of nissen fundoplication surgery? I would be really grateful to know what issues people have had after surgery, particularly long term problems.