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MNChick
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   Posted 3/16/2010 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   

I was just wondering if anyone can offer some help.  I have an appointment scheduled for the motility test and ph test in two weeks, and I’ve already been told more than likely I will need to have the surgery, but can any one tell me how long it will take after this test that surgery can be done?  I’m starting to get cranky because no matter what I do or eat bothers me, I’ve been on ppi’s for 5 years and on a stronger dose now and nothing works.

 

Also can anyone tell me how you go about researching surgeons?  I know Mark from MN said he was researching them, but I tried goggling but not sure I’m doing that correctly.  Thanks for anyone’s help!


couchtater
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   Posted 3/16/2010 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HW.
I had my surgery about 6 months after my motility test and a year after my ph test. But my surgeon insisted on meeting me after each test for a discussion and he was always booked for months.

I just started typing in local surgeons' names and calling them about their experience. I also looked up newspaper articles about them to see if they were locally praised.

Joy

my7pinecones
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   Posted 3/16/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome,

I'm glad you've joined with us. Hope we can be of help to you. I recently had the motility test and was given the results while still at the hospital. Scheduling surgery after tests and treatment is decided is only a matter of matching schedules...hospital, surgeon, you. I'm likely to schedule in two weeks.

I don't know about the ph test. Doctors already know I'm out of sync so the test isn't needed to confirm anything. Our forum members likely can help you with qualified surgeons in your area (or your need to travel to a good one). It is important, in my opinion, that you KNOW that the surgeon you will use has completed many (100s+) of the procedure that you might need. You don't want to be part of the learning curve. I have recently been referred to different surgeons who have done over a 1000 and each told me they could not confidently do the repair that I needed, but referred me to the ones who could. I appreciate that up front honesty.

I've often asked surgical nurses at various hospitals, "who does this" and "whose the best at it?" I've never had disagreement from the nurses...they know...nor have I ever had any unwilling to give details both pro/con. Also you can check with the ACS (American College of Surgeons) and American Association of Gastroenterologists.

Hope you get answers fast!!

Best of luck to you!!

MNChick
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   Posted 3/16/2010 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks my7pinecones.  To hear that you maybe having it in two weeks is good news to me.  I guess my thinking has been if I have to have it, I'd rather have it sooner than later.  I don't just want to jump in and have any surgeon though either.  I've been dealing with this gerd for 5 years but its been really bad the past 5 months or so.  Yes, they told me that I would have the results of the motility test before I have the ph test started, and I was told my ph test is going to be done with out taking me off my meds.  (I've read on here others have had to go off there meds for 2 weeks before)  Yes I agree with you I don't want to be with a surgeon who hasn't done many of these, I'm guessing they will have some recommendations but I'd like to start looking around as well.  That's great to hear that they are up front and honest with you!!  Thanks for the tip, I'll look into those places you suggested.   

Alcie
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   Posted 3/16/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
MNChick
Better to wait to get a good surgeon than to rush to surgery. I put up with GERD for 25 years. I was in a bad wreck with my stomach pushed up into my chest and still had to jump through hoops for 4 1/2 months of torture test after torture test before I could get surgery.

I was ready to jump to a different surgeon, but my GI said put up with it because mine was the best. And after the surgery I believe him.

Ask your GI who has the best results.
Alcie
 
 


MinnesotaMark
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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry MNChick--have been travelling a lot.

Best Minnesota Laproscopic Surgeons I have found so far based on education, operation hours, laproscopic experience, and number of laproscopic nissen procedures performed and experience in doing Nissen revisional surgeries (redos).

Claude Deschamps, M.D. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/mayo/research/staff/deschamps_c.cfm

Dr. Howard M. McCollister Minnesota Insititute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
http://www.mimismn.org/pages/page_48_7.htm

Dr. Timothy LeMieur Minnesota Insititute of Minimally Invasive Surgery
http://www.mimismn.org/pages/page_48_6.htm

Also have the bead on a doctor at the UofM and one at Abbott Northwestern--both in Minneapolis.
I do not have all the information to my satisfaction to post information yet-but will when I do.

Expanding search into Chicagoland:

Constantine T. Frantzides M.D., PhD, F.A.C.S.
http://www.laparoscopicexperts.com/our_team.html

Note to Moderator: these are links to surgeon webistes based on my primary research. I have no vested interest and am not soliciting, advertising, promoting, or fundraising. Just sharing what might be helpful information to some in this forum.

Thanks,
MM
 
Edit: Thanks MM and as I am a Minnesotan too I recognized several of your resources. 
 
Kitt

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 3/31/2010 11:33:02 AM (GMT-6)


MinnesotaMark
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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh- and to answer your question about how to reasearch. I called and called and called. Talked to mostly nurses, some patient referrals. Nurses were great--they completely sympatize with someone trying to educate themselves about the surgeons. Surprisingly candid. MM

my7pinecones
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   Posted 3/17/2010 4:32 AM (GMT -6)   
MM I'm glad your experience has been like mine regarding nurses. I agree, even though you may be miserable, it is important to have all recommended tests and a surgeon you have confidence in before you schedule surgery, should it be needed. I've been in this process for many months and still haven't scheduled surgery, even though I am seriously considering it.

MNChick
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   Posted 3/17/2010 6:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Mark-

No worries what so ever!  Trust me I know how busy and hectic life can get.  Thank you SOOOO much for that information.  I will look into them as well as some others.  I saw there was a place in Maple Grove and was thinking about calling there and checking them out as well.  If I hear of any others I will share with you as well.  Again, I can't thank you enough for this.  I want to make sure I have a surgeon who has lots of experience with these.  Hope you have a great day!


stkitt
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   Posted 3/31/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there, this was posted in a different forum by one of our awesome moderators:


"A great website to find a good doctor is www.ratemds.com I have used this off and on over the years to find good doctors. They are rated by the star system, 5 being the best."



Here is a direct link for you: http://www.ratemds.com/



Take care,



Kitt
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