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couchtater
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   Posted 11/26/2009 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, Let me tell you about my last two days of travel to visit the only experienced surgeon in my state who does the EsophyX TIF.
We wake up at 5:30am. After a 5 hour drive down south we get to the great city of Albany. (Very hustle-bustle)

We find the hotel and check in. Go get some food and relax for 30 minutes.
I go to the doctor's office, very nice. They have the kindest receptionist. The nurses were friendly and relaxed. Then I meet the big man. He was so nice. He was shocked and flattered that I traveled so far to see him. He asked a ton of questions.

They scheduled me for an 8:00am EGD, so I had to be at the hospital next door by 7:00am. They told me to sleep well so I'll be well rested for the test.
That night at the motel everything happened to wake me up. Trucks rumbling by, my father and mother snoring in the next bed, and some idiot running up and down the halls banging on every door from 3 am to 5 am.
Well, that said, I didn't sleep well at all. I was so giddy from lack of sleep the next morning the nurse thought I was on something.
They took me to the check in room and had me put on a gown (brrrr... cold back). Took my blood pressure, pulse ox, and stuck in the dreaded IV. Surprise! It only hurt a little going in.
They took me into the operation suite hooked up a heart monitor and oxygen tube under my nose. (tickled) The time was 9:15 by now. I laid there talking with a very sweet and funny nurse who kept me company and relaxed. At about 9:30 here comes my doctor. They put a short tube in my mouth to guide the scope and give me the sedative.
The next thing I know I'm in the room and they are saying they had to stop and wait for the anithesologist (sp?). They said they couldn't knock me out enough to do the test and that I fought them!
I just wanted to sleep . So according to my parents who sat with me, I laid there a snored for the next three hours. When I was finally beginning to feel somewhat alert the antitheseologist came walking in. He said we're going to give you the "Micheal Jackson" drug so you can sleep through the test. (I thought that's what I've been doing!)
Well, I go back to the suite and get hooked up again. They roll me on my side. I hear a nurse say is this an upper and lower ? Thank goodness someone said nope upper .

I hear the doctor said my IV needed flushing. Then he complained it was it a bad place to work with. Someone said she's going. They put the short tube in my mouth and I'm gone.

I wake up quick in my room and the nurse says I have to wait 45 minutes before they dismiss me. They tell me to go to the doctor's office next door to talk to him about the results. I get dressed, get a wheelchair ride to the car, and go next door. I'm still feeling drugged and groggy. Thank goodness my father goes in the exam room with me to help me and ask questions.

Well, here's the results........
EsophyX- no, HH is too big.
Nissen- no, I'm not that bad off.
Hill 270- yes!

So, I'm scheduled for his special, modified Hill procedure on the 22nd of December. He said it will take him about 30 mins. to the surgery. He said he can do it this fast because he does them all the time.
He gave me a drawing of what he's going to do and photos of my HH and stomach.
I'm going to send these photos to kitt and ask if she can post them for me, because I have no idea how to do it.
He said I have polyps in my stomach from long term usage of PPIs. He thinks I was born with a defect in my diapharm(sp?) where it doesn't cup right to hold the top of my stomach in place thus causing my HH.

That's the end. Now to wait until the 22nd.

Joy

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   Posted 11/26/2009 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   

couchtater
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   Posted 11/26/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt.

The first picture is looking up at my esophagus from my stomach. White-ish place near the tube is my HH. I should be tight around the camera, but you can see how loose I am.

The second picture is the top view of my HH as you go into my stomach. Again I should be tighter.

The last photo is small polyps that has developed from my long term use of PPIs. I've been on them for almost nine years. Three years on maxium doses of 2 nexium and a zantac. He said he's seen them many times over the years. He said many doctors are not aware of the cause of them.

I'm not happy that I have to have the Hill, but he says I'll be healed from the operation after a week. He also said I could do easy tasks after two weeks. I'll have the same diet as the Nissen, though.

Well, I'm open to recipes for the first weeks. I want to stock up on the right things to eat and how much to eat. I'll soon be part of the "Wrapped Club". :)

Joy

stkitt
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   Posted 11/27/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy,

I found your information and pictures from your scope very informative and thank you for sharing with everyone here.



I am glad you are going to be joining the Wrapped Club so remember you will have a cheering squad to help you through your procedure and your recovery. I do hope this procedure will do the trick and you will soon be feeling much better.



Thank you for all the support you provide to the members here in this great forum.



Blessings,



Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 11/27/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Kitt.
I'm a little nervous now that the date is set. But after he described the surgery, I feel more relaxed about it being changed to to the Hill.

Joy

res0kkw
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   Posted 11/28/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations.



I hope for a speedy recovery and hope you feel better as you wait for your surgery.


yeah  

stkitt
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   Posted 11/28/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Joy, You can use one of those pictures for your Christmas Cards............LOL.  I know you are going to do awesome and you will feel better once you are wrapped and you heal.  I just feel this is the right thing for you.
 
You deserve a break so I am here to cheer you on.  I have you in my prayers too.
 
Hugs
Kitt

couchtater
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   Posted 11/28/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah. Maybe I'll use the stomach polyps one.

It could be used as warning of long term use of PPIs. I looked them up on the web and the Nexuim site. Nexium has it in small print that it could happen, but it's rare. Just my luck if it can happen, it will happen to me.

I've been figuring my budget for my next trip. I'm supposed to be there at 1:00pm on the 21st for pre-op tests and the operation is at 8:00 am on Tuesday. I have to be there no later than 6:30 for prep. They said I'll stay overnight and be dismissed on Wednesday morning. I'm going to stick around town for one more day just to be safe.
I've found a nice hotel for my parents who are traveling with me. I'll have to pay for the gas, motel, and food for them (they have limited income and can't afford it). I'm probably going to have to draw out some of my savings to pay for everything.

This has been an expensive year.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 11/29/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy -
Do NOT let them discharge you the next day! Bad idea!! At the very least stay in town a couple more days. Worst complications usually occur on day 4.

Hospitals want to get patients out asap because they don't make money after the procedures.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 11/29/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm planning on staying around until Thursday, atleast. If I need to stay longer I will. Believe me, I'm not leaving until I'm positive everythings okay.

Joy

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   Posted 11/29/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello
sweet Joy !!
I am thinking of you and will be praying for you as you undergo your procerdure !!
Everything will be fine I am sure !!
I loved your long post update!!
It was great!
Take care, talk to you soon!!!
love, Anne

couchtater
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   Posted 11/30/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Anne.
I'm hoping and praying for a quick and very little pain recovery.

Joy

dencha
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   Posted 11/30/2009 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy,
Don't worry about the surgery...you have a very experienced and accomplished surgeon, so you're in good hands. I was released the next day (noontime) after my Nissen surgery, and it wasn't a problem. The sooner you get out of the hospital, the better. Get away from all those infections, and well-meaning but way too busy nurses. I'm sure it's a good idea to stay in the general vicinity to be available if you have any little glitches.

Yes, Day 4 is a challenging one for many people--some little annoyances can start (that was when I got some thick saliva being produced, which was annoying, but nothing serious). I'm with Ann and Kitt...you'll do just fine, and we'll be here to cheer you on and welcome you as you become one of "The Wrapped"!

The Nissen diet isn't all that bad, either. In my case it was liquids in the hospital, soft food for 5 days, then whatever could be chewed to a liquid (which is many things) thereafter.
You'll do just fine, Joy! turn
We're here for you.
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 11/30/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
They told me it was the diet they recommend for their lap-band patients. I wish they had given me a copy so I could stock up on the right foods. My budget is kinda tight.

Joy
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