I am too.. a Florida girl that is.. I am in the middle about
3 hours from Tampa.. right on the Big Lake... I can not tell you what Tampa General is about
, but I can tell you that you are welcome to come here to ask us anything you like.. someone will always get back to you and have an answer. I had my surgery done on the east coast and I was really more interested in how much experience my surgeon had performing this procedure. I am 62 years old and I had my surgery for hiatal hernia and Nissen Fundoplication on April 1 this year. I did not have a catheter or an NG tube that I remember. So if I had one it was removed before I went to my room from recovery. Also, as far as the BMI (I assume this is body mass index correct me if I am wrong), I have no knowledge of a doctor requiring a certain BMI as a prerequisite for surgery. You most likely will lose weight after the surgery. Most, not all, doctors have you on a full liquid diet for the first 2-3 weeks after surgery. Full liquid means chunks not desirable.. most here utilize a blender for most food during this period and find that they are quite satisfied. Some are able to go back to eating most foods within 3-4 weeks. It just depends on the doctor and how well your surgery goes and what your body can tolerate. At my age, I would so do this surgery again if it was necessary. I regained my life after this surgery. I am so grateful for this forum also. I was able to come here and make friends and they listened and responded and made me welcome. I asked questions and they answered.. there are few restrictions as far as questions go here. Throwing up all the way to diarrhea is not prohibited. We have all experienced that and worse and we know the people who come here need answers and a friend to talk to...
As James Taylor said...You've got a friend!!!!!
Stay with us and ask us all the things that you want to know but didn't' ask your doctor or ask us the things you should ask your doctor.. we can give you an indication of what you need to know before and after surgery...
Reach for the Sunshine... Rainbows will follow