No surgery is safe. Surgery may be sucessful, but that doesn't make it safe.
My husband had this laproscopic surgery in 1999 to treat gerd and hiatal hgernia and continued to have all manner of complications, belching, hiccups, nausea, vomiting, acid reflux, pain, cramping, bowel problems, difficulty swallowing and breathing, cronic pain and fatigue, and diminishing "happiness". The surgery had to be redone non-laproscopically (he now has a foot long scar on his abdomen) in 2006. Apparently a step in the proceedure was not correctly the first time and his stomach had herniated through his diaphram.
He has continued to have complications since the second surgery. Everything listed above as well as having developed Dumping Syndrome, Gluten intolerance, and an inability to each much more than pureed foods. He can not bend nor place any pressure lighter than a shirt on his abdomen. He can not lay on his side. He cannot sleep through the night.
Oh, and all the meds designed to treat symptoms like nasuea or cramping tend to cause depression or anxiety. ANd all the meds to treat the pain cause nasuea and vomiting.
He is currently hospitalized for uncontrollable vomiting. His pain is unbearable.
This man did everything the doc ordered. He quit smoking and drinking. He eats a diet far healthier than most people could image. He is fit and works out to the best of his ability considering his constant stomach complications.
No one can tell us what is wrong with him. I suspect he has vagus nerve damage.
Please to anyone considering this surgery, pursue all other options. Spend more time on this internet looking into dietary treatments, manipulative therapies, and herbal medicines. This gentleman has found greater relief from herbal teas than from medications. Oh because of course medications cause stomach upset.
Spend more time looking into the complications that may result. Check out vagus nerve damage, and gateoparesis amoung others. Because even if they may be rare, you will not want to be one of the rare ones. I would wish this agony not upon mine enmy. Is agony safe? Hardly.