Hello all, new here and getting poked on prodded on the 12th.

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/11/2009 4:30 AM (GMT -6)   
  I ran across these forums trying to find the results on the Bravo test, what is good and not so good.  Then was really interested in glad to find peoples stories about their surgeries and everything.  This past month for me has been busy with lots of the GERD tests.  about 5 years ago I went in and diagnosed with GERD.  Had an endoscopy and everything and was put on all the PPI's.  Then I didn't have insurance for a while and just bought the Prilosec OTC and didn't go back.  Now since I've been able to go back to a doctor and be covered they have done the motility, another endoscopy, and the Bravo.  I was told I had Class D esophagitis, my Bravo test number was really high, and I have low pressure in the LES and UES.  Taking PPI's did help with being able to deal with heartburn, but what really sucked was getting woken up while sleeping choking because I had aspirated.
  This past week I went in and talked with a surgeon and he talked me about the results of those tests and talked to me about the Nissen.  He had a cancellation of a surgery on the 12th, so I am going in then.  I am excited about not having to worry about all this stuff anymore and aspirating.  I'm getting worried now though cause it will be my first surgery other than getting tonsils taken out a couple years ago.  Hopefully things will go well.  I'm not too worried about anything going wrong in surgery, my surgeon is the best in my state and I hear that some people even come out of state to see him.  It's just wondering how well things will be with the recovery, starting another semester of school, and then transferring to a different position at my job in 2 weeks.  I'll just see how things work out.
  Thanks for the good reads and motivation from some of the posts.  I've spent some time on here tonight reading about everyone since I've found the site. 

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 1/11/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Yomi and welcome. You've come to the right place for support and information. You've made the decision to have this Nissen based on your history, test results and faith in your Doctors; a very reasonable and wise approach. Lets see if we can help you with the rest.

I was very concerned about the surgery; it is involved and not the least minor! It seems, based on discussions here, that the younger you are, the easier and shorter your recovery will be. Saying that, I don't want you to think this is a walk in the park either! Will you have someone staying with you when you return from the hospital? When does school start and how long do you think you'll have off (in total) before the new job starts as well?

If you can, speak to someone in your surgeons office about recovery; what do they want you to eat and for how long; what kind of lifting restrictions are there (weight limits and time)? ask for a prescription for anti-nausea meds (phenergan and zofran) to have on hand...from my experience, phenergan makes me sleepy and zofran is stronger....

You should expect to have pain (sometimes significant) in your shoulder; this is caused by the gas they use to inflate your abdomen so that they can clearly visualize and work around the organs in your abdomen. Chewable gas-x helps to get rid of that, but walking a lot and time are big players in that picture too.

Make sure you ask for help or clarification on anything from your Dr., but also from this forum; the people here are great! Let us know how you're doing and god luck!


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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey thanks for your reply Janice.

Agewise, I'm 31. I'm hoping that it won't be too hard. This past year and a half I had to make a huge career change due to my boss dying of cancer. I was an executive assistant and IT director for a company and I thought that I'd be doing that there the rest of my life and I kind of quit going to school. Then the company went out of business and I couldn't find a job making what I was making with no degree... so I've started over. My daughter was born 7 weeks premature 2 years ago and because of the experience we had with the nurses and everyone that helped in the newborn ICU I was really interested in health care.

Now I'm in school and gonna finish up my bachelors and then try and get accepted into PA school. School starts tomorrow, I let my professors know that I'm gonna miss the first day, probably the second, and then try to come to class on Wednesday. I don't want to start behind in class, specially chemistry. My doctor said school wouldn't be a problem, just that I would be tired and sore. And it's not an all day thing, it is only like 2 hours a day.

I have to eat a full liquid diet for the first two weeks, and then go with softs and stuff from there. Absolutely no soda for over a month cry . Hehe, I had to go to the store this past week and get a little more soda than I normally have been drinking so I can drink all I can before I go without... Then I might as well stay off it, if I have to go a month without it.

I will have to ask about lifting and weight limits tomorrow. My new position that I'm going to be getting is actually going to be as a nurses aid in the operating room. I think the most I would be doing is pushing patients in bed and transferring to recovery and whatnot. I know to ask for help and there are more than one aid to help out if it is a little hard.

I work now on the med surg floor and see a lot of patients after surgeries. My mind is just drawing a blank on the Nissen surgeries. I know I've had a patient before that had one but don't remember what it was like for him in the hospital. Do get a lot of Appendectomies, but that is something totally different and not as bad I think. I'm just getting worried about it how it will be since it's just a day away.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum.

So your surgery is the 12th which is tomorrow if I have my dates correct.  You have truly come to the right place and you may notice that many people post a thread on their recovery which is awesome for the members that are looking at having the procedure done.

Janice is so right, the members are the ones with the knowledge.  I have GERD but not had any surgery.

I will be thinking of you and saying a prayer or two for you to have a successful surgery and a good recovery.

Again welcome to HealingWell.

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   Posted 1/11/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck Yomi!! Prayers and thoughts will be with you.
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