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TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/9/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
Please continue on with this.  I see this topic is getting a lot of conversation, and I'd like you guys to continue helping eachother.  Please see the above links if you need more information on this.  There is plenty going on in here.
 
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   Posted 1/11/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to everyone who has had NF surgery...

I have a question about your ages. Could you all respond and let us know what your ages are. I'm asking because I am 61 and have had severe GERD since October, 2006. My GI doc told me that they don't usually do the surgery on older people like me. I'm in really good shape physically except for GERD and IBS-C, so that surprised me.

I'm taking 80 mg of Nexium a day, and now it's now working as well as it used to, so I supplement with Zantac or Pepcid and orange peel extract. I'm getting sick of taking so much medicine everyday and would really like to have the surgery. Starting to experience side effects like ringing in my ears all the time. Also, taking this much medicine just makes my IBS-C so much worse. I just can't see taking this much medicine for the rest of my life.

What do you all think?

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   Posted 1/13/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello lilly...I am sure some people will be along to share their answers with you. This is a hot topic...so I am sure if you are patient, people will be along!!!

Hope you get the answers you are looking for!
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doghouse
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   Posted 1/13/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Here's my theory...ask why they are suggesting not to have it. Is it because it may only "last" ten years, the expense, they don't want you to spend the money, or they think you should just be happy with taking meds....if those are the reasons and you want to go ahead with it, I say go for it- it's your body and your quality of life. If it's because they've had bad reactions doing a nissen in someone your age or terrible complications then I would say no. I think you need to prod them for more information as to why they are for or against the procedure in someone who is 61.

Like I said, I am 34 and scheduled for the 29th and will be more than happy to share my experience on the board.

TammyGrl0528
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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
doghouse...I am glad you are going to share your experience on the board. WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST...keep us updated!
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Bo Peep
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   Posted 1/22/2008 4:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there. I am 44 and waiting for a date for my Nissen (which should be in the next couple of weeks). I take Pariet 20mg twice a day and Nexium every couple of days. Because of my allergic reactions to all the PPIs surgery seemed the best way forward and my surgeon has said that I am the ideal candidate. I will let everyone know how I get on and will be following doghouse's experience with interest.

Elaine


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   Posted 1/22/2008 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Bo Peep, please do keep us updated! We are here for you...

Wishing you all the best!
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oldpoopie
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   Posted 1/22/2008 10:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Just had my surgery yesterday. Still trying to get used to being in pain. At first in the hospital, I really didnt feel that bad, so didnt have any morphine after recovery. The nurses kept on coming over asking how I was and if I was sure I didnt want any pain meds... Really I didnt have much pain, certainly no more than bad bouts of reflux or gastritis. Now that I'm home though, and moving around, ooof. After lying down for so long, its tough to stand up straight, but laying down is hurting my back!!! ugh. Whats everyone's experience in the first few days after surgery?

Bo Peep
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   Posted 1/23/2008 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi oldpoopie. Wow you were out of hospital quick! My surgeon told me I would be in for 2 nights. Do you have someone to run around for you? I have signed my husband up for that job (along with my 2 kids)! Is sitting any more comfortable than lying down?
Elaine


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   Posted 1/23/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
ya, my dad flew out from NJ. Also my wife took 2 days off work. I think I'm starting to see some of the gas pain folks have described. ugh. Took a shower today. That was nice. I had a brief bout of nausea this am, but it passed before I took anything.
-Justin

doghouse
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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I am counting down my days until my surgery....it's on the 29th. I was told I'll be in the hospital 1 night, 23 hours total unless something unexpected happens. Sounds like where I live it's a "drop kick you out the door if all is well" procedure. My surgery is scheduled for noon so maybe that's why I'm only staying the one night. I was also told the gas pain from what they use to "blow" you up for the procedure is just like when you get your gallbladder out and when I had that done I think the pains lasted about 4 days.

oldpoopie
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   Posted 1/23/2008 11:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I knew I was in capabal laproscopic hands. My surgeon is pioneering "natrual orifice surgery"
He has developed techniques where he can remove a gall bladder thru your mouth. No external cuts means faster recovery and less chance for infection. At any rate, I figured if he can do that, twisting my gut up with 5 holes would be a piece of cake.

oldpoopie
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   Posted 1/24/2008 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I thougt I'd mention, I had significant discomfort from the breathing tube post surgery. They gave me cepacol sore throat drops at the hospital, and I've continued to use them at home. They are oral anesthetic/anelgesic losenges, and while they take the sore throat pain away, I think they also help with the stomach pain too. After all, when you swallow the anesthetic, it passes by all those areas too. At any rate, they seem to help me a noticable bit.

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   Posted 1/25/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
sillylilly said...
Hello to everyone who has had NF surgery...

I have a question about your ages. Could you all respond and let us know what your ages are. I'm asking because I am 61 and have had severe GERD since October, 2006. My GI doc told me that they don't usually do the surgery on older people like me. I'm in really good shape physically except for GERD and IBS-C, so that surprised me.

I'm taking 80 mg of Nexium a day, and now it's now working as well as it used to, so I supplement with Zantac or Pepcid and orange peel extract. I'm getting sick of taking so much medicine everyday and would really like to have the surgery. Starting to experience side effects like ringing in my ears all the time. Also, taking this much medicine just makes my IBS-C so much worse. I just can't see taking this much medicine for the rest of my life.

What do you all think?
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doghouse
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   Posted 1/26/2008 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
4 more days until my surgery, had my pre-surgical screening today. They are still telling me they plan for one stay and out the door the next morning if all goes well.

HappilyWrapped
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   Posted 1/26/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Doghouse,

Best wishes for the 29th. As you've read, everyone's procedure, outcome and recovery is as individual as each person. So my hope is for the best possible outcome for you.

Good luck!

oldpoopie
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   Posted 1/26/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
If you dont feel capable of going home, insist on staying another day! Keep in mind you'll likely heal faster and be more comfortable at home.

Bo Peep
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   Posted 1/27/2008 3:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. I am really mad! My surgery has been postponed as they can't find any nursing staff to stay on and assist (I am in the UK and going privately). It looks like it will be at least another month (when I should have had it done 28 Jan. at the latest)! My surgeon is hopping mad! The health care in this country is hopeless! mad   sad
Elaine


oldpoopie
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   Posted 1/27/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
lol. Tell that to Michael Moore

doghouse
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   Posted 1/27/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe man!! That sucks!! If you are like me you've been playing the hurry up and wait game....I think my head would explode if they postponed my surgery another month at this time.

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   Posted 1/28/2008 3:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Don't even get me started on that oldpoopie! Good luck tomorrow doghouse! I'll be thinking of you! cool
Elaine


outtllaw
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   Posted 1/29/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is a good video of Fundo sugery. http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=wLx0ejd261Q

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   Posted 1/30/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi everybody

After putting my surgery off from November till this past monday, I am back home Post OP!  I had a 2 night stay. They were afraid I was coming down with Strep, since my husband has it, so they kept me for good measure.

I have to say how irritated I was with the nursing staff. It's like NONE of them knew ANYTHING about my procedure. I was given straws to drink with, asked if I had thrown up, or felt like throwing up, and then was given a hard time when they came to give me 2 darvocet pills for pain!  It was a good thing I knew what I could and couldn't do! PLUS, someone from the respiratory dept came to see me and had me use the breathing test, then told me to COUGH! I told them my dr. told me to try not to cough and that I wasn't going to. Ugh.

So, I am home. My doctor, a trauma surgeon, wasn't going to give me anything for my nausea. Needless to say, after telling him, all I usually have to do, is just look at a toilet and I can get sick, finally gave me a rx. YEAH!

So I am home. I have a LOT of pain in my chest. I also had a hiatal hernia repair, that was so big, he had to use a film patch to fix my diaphragm. He said my chest pain is mainly from my diaphragm. My belly feels very full, and I can't take anything but sips of juice/water/hot tea. I have had a bit of cream of chicken soup, some jello and pudding. I can eat about 2 tablespoons, if that. Then I just feel full and not happy. I did smash a 1 1/2 banana and ate that. It tasted yummy!

 My daughter comes home from day care in a few hours and I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE HER. I'm hoping she is OK with my not picking her up or playing with her like I usually do.?!?!

How is everyone else doing?
***~Alli~***


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   Posted 1/30/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Alli. Things will get better. I had mine done on the 21st. While I've lost about 6lbs, I'm doing really well. Very little pain now. I still have trouble with solids though. I ate a small portion of french fries just a few minutes ago. Chewed like crazy, over the course of an hour, and it was still uncomfortable. Getting better though.

My doc told me not to eat banana, as its very sticky and tough to get down.
-Justin

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   Posted 1/30/2008 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Alycarr00:

I'm so happy for you that you finally had your surgery.

Now we have to hear from Doghouse.
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