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bigecase
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   Posted 3/9/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I had the Esophyx Tif surgery on Feb, 16 2010.  Jury is still out on if I feel like it worked for me.  I was vomiting in recovery so right after surgery was bad.  I had spasms for the first week every few minutes.  They did not last but few seconds, but very uncomfortable.  My surgeon had me on clear liquids 5 days prior and 2 days after surgery.  I was able to do full liquid for next week.  Lost 20 pounds, which I needed to lose. Two weeks after surgery I was able to eat soft foods.  I have not been able to eat but a few spoonfuls of anything.  I get full really fast.    The burping and gas has been horrible.  It has been three weeks since my surgery and I am finally beginning to feel a little better.  I have morning nausea nearly every day.  Some days I can eat but that full feeling may stay and I can not eat the next day. 
 
I have been on GERD meds for 11 years.  I want so bad for this to be the answer to my pain.  I am hoping and praying I will continue to see improvements.
 
Would love to hear from anyone else who has had this surgery and how they are feeling.

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dencha
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   Posted 3/10/2010 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi bigecase,
I had the Nissen surgery, not the Esophyx, but I can speak to the feeling of fullness, as I'm confident that it is the same with both surgeries. My surgeon informed me that the feeling of fullness is due to swelling, that mimics fullness. Once the swelling goes down, you'll be able to tolerate more and more food.
Three weeks isn't a long time...it'll take you a few months to get completely back to eating normally. Things will improve gradually as you progress through the next weeks.
Best wishes for a great outcome! Welcome to Healing Well!
Denise

bigecase
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   Posted 3/10/2010 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the positive feed back.  I am looking forward to better days. 

couchtater
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   Posted 3/10/2010 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Relax and listen to your body. Eat when you feel like it. Try drinking some meal replacements to help prevent nutrition loss on those "full" days. Keep your meals small (4 ozs) and frequent.

Stick around and ask questions.

Joy

bigecase
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   Posted 3/10/2010 9:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy. You hit the nail on the head. I need to relax. I have been real nervous through this.

Also, I will be sticking around. I am so glad to have a place to talk about what I am going through and find out it is common.

One question I do have is "how do I control all the burping?" Seems like it is all the time. Thanks again.

tracks83
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   Posted 3/10/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey bigecase,
Hope all is well. Please keep us up to date. Today I went to see my GI and he thinks the esophyx would be a better option for my particular case. How many esophyx procedures has your doctor performed before you? Mine told me he has done 20 with no problems. I'm not sure if 20 is enough. I am scheduled for a motility test and ph probe for the 12th of April. Not looking forward to that. Did you get the motility test done? How bad was it?
Im sure you'll get better. I just wish more people had this procedure performed.

Tom

bigecase
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   Posted 3/11/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I am not sure how many he has done. I actually read article in paper about the surgery last year that he had performed.. This person was very pleased. This doctor also had the local tv news in the operating room while doing this surgery. I feel like he has done many. He is in Flowood Ms. I have friends that say he is the best surgeon ever. He did cancer surgery for him.

He ordered the Esophagus Mammontry (noodle down the nose ha). It wasn't too bad, but I do not wish to ever have again. I had endoscopy in 2007 and he said there was no need to do another.

I hope your test are not too bad and you get answers soon.

Tracey

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   Posted 3/11/2010 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tracey,
They do the motility test to see if your swallowing reflex is normal and strong.  In addition, they have to do it before the PH monitor, because it will give them the measurements they need to place the PH probe (unless you had an endoscopy and the doc had the foresight to write down the measurements).
 
I had it done, and while it's not like going on vacation, it's not all that horrible.  You will see other posts that are very upsetting, but don't let them worry you.  The most important thing is to work with your technician.  You'll need to help swallow the tube, then once it's there, they''ll ask you to swallow a small amount of water on command.
 
You'll want to swallow in between, because of your natural inclination to swallow when you feel something in your stomach.  If you can close your eyes and visualize a peaceful place, and do relaxation breathing--slowly in to the count of 4, and out to the count of four--it will make the whole process easier.  There will be a technician to talk you through it, and if he/she is good it will help you relax.
 
They need to wait a certain amount of time between swallows, so your swallowing reflex can reset.  They need recordings of clean swallows that will show your swallowing abilities.  In addition the motility test can test the strength of your LES.
 
Good luck with all your tests!  Relax and don't get yourself worked up and nervous about them.  You'll get through them just fine.
Glad you've joined us!
Denise
 
 

dencha
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   Posted 3/11/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Correction...you'll naturally want to swallow when you feel something in your THROAT, not stomach!  OOPS!yeah

steveninomaha
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   Posted 3/11/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Bigcase,


Good luck to you with your recovery. I hope the procedure gives you long lasting relief. I do hope in your case right now it is swelling from the operation that will decrease soon.

I would be interested in your recovery and if the EsophyX procedure procedure works. I have considered doing the procedure myself, but the surgeon I had a consultation with had yet to perform one yet. No way was I going to be his first patient!

I see that there is another procedure being tested right now that is similiar to EsophyX. It is from a company called Medigus. They have an endoscope that mimics a laporscopic fundoplication surgery.

Good luck! Keep us posted with your recovery.

Steve

bigecase
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   Posted 3/11/2010 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Felt much better today. Not much pain at all. Even burping was not quite as much today.

I think my surgeon has done lots of Esophyx surgeries. The lady that had the article in paper was very pleased with it. She said best thing for her. My follow up is in two weeks so I will see if I can find out.

Thanks for everyones thoughts. It is nice talking to people with the same problems and questions.

Tracey

couchtater
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   Posted 3/11/2010 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Gas-x helps with the gas. I use the strips.

Joy

bigecase
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   Posted 3/11/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I will pick some up tomorrow!! Thanks

PH Fan
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   Posted 3/12/2010 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Question,Do I need to see a GI doctor too get approval for surgery or just get in touch with a surgeon that does the Esophyx?

bigecase
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   Posted 3/12/2010 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I went straight to the surgeon. I did not need a referral. He will have you go and have the test that are needed prior to surgery.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/12/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI did the tests needed and I found my own surgeon.

Joy

bigecase
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   Posted 3/13/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
This has been a great day. Feel so much better this weekend. Still a little tired. Everything seems better. Just wish the swelling would go down. I am sure that is coming soon though.

Tracey

couchtater
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   Posted 3/13/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Give it time. It took almost three weeks for me to go down.

Joy

bigecase
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   Posted 3/23/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi
I had my 5 week follow up on Monday. He prescirbed Carafate for me to help with the burning in the throat. He says that should coat and help the healing process. I do not have to return to him unless I have any more troubles. Feeling really good these days.

Tracey

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   Posted 3/23/2010 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi bigecase,
So glad to hear you're doing well.  I find carafate to be a tremendous help when I'm having irritation of the esophagus or stomach.  I was treating myself with Maalox and one dose of Carafate was a tremendous relief.  My GI doc says it's not absorbed into the body, so it's pretty much side-effect free (short of constipation, which hasn't ever bothered me, but I do drink a lot of water).
 
The only problem with Carafate is that you have to time it. 
No meds within 2 hours (difficulty with absorption)
One hour before meals
2-3 hours after meals
 
That said, it's really worth it, because it helps a lot.
Again, glad to hear your recovery is going well.
Take care,
Denise
 

kzoomama
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   Posted 3/26/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I just joined today. I have had GERD for 7 1/2 years. I take 4 Aciphex daily plus one 300 mg. Zantac before bed!!! I was diagnosed with Barrett's last year. It is non-dysplasia. I am very interested in the EsophyX procedure. I am meeting with the surgeon on April 8 for a consultation. My G.I. doctor, however, is very cautious about this procedure. I think he wants me to wait until it has been around a little longer. He would probably rather see me do the Nissen Fundoplication for that reason. Because of the Barrett's and the need for high doses of medication, I don't want to wait much longer. My question is does anyone know if people with Barrett's can have this procedure? Also, I don't have any weight to lose. Does anyone know if that is an issue for having the procedure? Thanks.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/26/2010 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost 20 lbs from my surgery. I had the Hill procedure. I wanted the Esophyx tif but my surgeon said my HH was too enlarged and it would pull my stomach up into my chest if I had it done.
He did a modified Hill procedure on me. He said it was his own special method of the Hill. He took the floppy part of my stomach and wrapped it 270 degrees around my esophagus.
I wanted the EsophyX because I was scared of the Nissen and didn't want to be cut open. I was so happy to know it was only going to be five tiny holes (1 inch long) and the recovery was very easy.
I think I heard somewhere if you have barrett's it's not possible. (Correct me if I'm wrong, anybody)

Joy

kzoomama
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   Posted 3/26/2010 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I am not familiar with the Hill procedure.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I had never heard of it before either. But I can swallow very easily and burp. I no longer have my pre-surgery symptoms.

Joy

bigecase
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   Posted 3/26/2010 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very pleased with my results from Esophyx surgery.  I seem to be getting better each week.  It has been almost 6 weeks. 
 
He told me to wait 12 weeks before having caffiene, carbonated drinks and alcohol.  Anyone know why no caffiene for 12 weeks?  Also missing my diet dr. pepper!
 
I got my EOB from insurance company.  The hospital charge was 35, 800.  The ineligible was 27, 500.  This was quiet a shock for me.  Insurance paid 6500. 
 
Tracey
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