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nissen fundoplication

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Has anyone got any experience of this? My 4 year old son has been advised he has this operation done in the next 8 weeks, he on an extensive amount of medication for reflux and asthma, he does have various other medical conditions that are being dealt with, he has had a PH study and barium meal done.

I've been reading up on it (maybe not a good idea) but the after effects of the op is terrifying :-/

How long is the recovery time? Are they in a lot of pain after? How do they start eating again? Sorry for sounding so stupid but there is lots of conflicting information out there and his pead just said he strongly advises he has the operation and we are to think about it and see the surgeon next week.

ladycelestial Mon 22-Apr-13 22:35:48

I've had this operation myself. It was actually ok and I was back at work after three weeks. I had some pain after, but not that much. They give you pain killers. I had drinks straight after the op, and then quite quickly onto soups and shakes. Then, onto soft foods, like yoghurts and mashed potatoes. If he really needs this op, then it's for the best and it's not really major surgery. Good luck with everything.

buzzgirly Tue 30-Apr-13 07:18:55

My dd had this done when she was 10 weeks, she had huge problems with silent reflux and choking. Although she was tiny, she recovered well and we have not any problems since - she is now 4. Hope this helps.

tangledupinpoo Tue 30-Apr-13 12:35:08

My DS was considered for this when he was 16 months, and then again at 2. He was due to have a gastrostomy placed at the same time, and the surgeon was adamant that he should have a fundoplication, based on results of the pH probe, and later, endoscopy.

DS's gastro was similarly adamant that he shouldn't have it, and that it could be treated by drugs.

It was quite hard being in the middle of two professionals with completely different opinions and having to make a decision.

He didn't have it, and DS was put on a super-high dose of Omeprazole. 30mg when he was, I think 9kg in weight, so really very high.

It worked. (DS had previously been on a 10 mg dose, plus Domperidone, which we thought never did very much.)

He is now down to 20 mg a day, and is roughly 17 kg, aged nearly 6. (He has other medical issues.)

But your son sounds different in that he is older, and the reflux seems to be affecting his breathing?

KindleMum Tue 30-Apr-13 12:46:04

I had it done in my thirties and I wish I'd been offered it as a child. It was life-changing. I was warned that it's important to ensure you get a surgeon who has done loads of them as it's important to get the tie just right - too tight and you'll have problems, too loose and it won't work.

I was up and about within a couple of hours, drinking and on yoghurt the same day, soft foods the next day. Slight pain for a day or two. I haven't taken any meds since, not even a Rennie.

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