I was wondering what your personal observation has been with nissen fundoplications in children, and the long-term success rate. It seems that some doctors say it's wonderful, very few risks, long-term success in controlling reflux. Others say that it is only successful part of the time and the complications are often worse than the initial reflux.
Is there an age when it is more successful than at other ages? I have heard that it's not as successful in infants because of rapid growth.
I am NOT looking for medical advice-- that's what the doctor is for-- but I am just looking for your own persona observations and experiences as nurses. My child has reflux and a gtube and no history of aspiration so we have held off on the fundo for now and the doctors support this for the most part. She is doing just fine with slow bolus feeds. There may be a time when I would be advised to consent to this and I just want to know from "insiders" what the results of this surgery usually are.