Redo fundoplication

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cowboy22
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   Posted 4/30/2010 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all Im sceduled for a redo from 180to a 270partial wrap in a month june10th.Top surgeon who specilises in redos.Lookin forward to it lol...                                                 

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/1/2010 1:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Brian-
You know we all will be praying they are successful. Try to stay relaxed until then. As I told you before, I think you have found the right surgeon for the job!

Take care,
Bill

mam1298
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   Posted 5/1/2010 6:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck to you!
Nissen Fundaplication 3/1/2010


dencha
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   Posted 5/1/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,
Glad to hear you're moving forward. Somebody who specializes in redo surgery is exactly the right person to do the job. Stay with us, and we'll cheer you on before, during and after!
Hope all is well and you're feeling comfortable with your decision. It sounds good to me!
Take care and hang in there. Try not to worry from now until June 10th. It won't change a thing, and will just make everything harder.
Hope everything "down under" is well. Thanks for letting us know what's happening.
Denise

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/2/2010 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
thanx all:) Im back almost mentally now BUT sick of sicking up 50 times a day and acid taste.Surgeon is a professor and does 4 redos a yr  and 40 procedures sent from around nz.Wish it was today just to get this out the way .thanks for your support....

stkitt
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   Posted 5/2/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,

I know the waiting is hard but know we are all here suppoting you and as I have found that time does go by quickly, June 10th will be here before you know it.



Wishing you the best,



Kitt

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/2/2010 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt:).Need to keep busy untill then to keep mind off things.Hello all we had our first frost this morn(we dont get many a yr) so winter is startin to set in and I will be thinkin of you all barsking in sunshine!

couchtater
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   Posted 5/2/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Brian, I would love to be cool right now. I'm trying to save some money by turning my thermostat to 75°. I feel like I am burning up. My house feels like it's 90 degrees.
Good luck on your surgery.

joy

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/3/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy.Yes its either too hot or too cold .we are just right at the moment its 18 to 20deg during the day which is quite nice..Im reeeeeealy scared this time and not 100percent sure im goin to be fixed.Just worried about the gas bloat and then wanting wrap to be taken down .Just worried about something that hasnt happened yet!!

couchtater
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   Posted 5/3/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Anxiety about upcoming events is like walking up to a wall with a hole in it and trying to decide whether to put your hand in there or not. You never know what's going to happen unless you stick your hand in it.
Ask the doc to make sure that he gets all the gas out before he closes you up. This will help a lot with the gas bloat. Meanwhile keep yourself distracted.

Joy

dencha
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   Posted 5/4/2010 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,
You're having a 270 wrap, which is less likely to cause gas bloating. It's a looser wrap than the traditional Nissen procedure. You know you can't go on the way you are, so this step is a very positive one. Once you've made the decision to move forward (towards a positive change in the quality of your life) what's the point of worrying? You've carefully selected your surgeon, and that's the most important piece of the equation. Here's a quote for you to repeat to yourself daily:

I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance.
Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal --
and soon they'll forget my number. ~Edith Armstrong

Keep positive thoughts in your mind...you can't think of negative and positive things at the same time. Will the worry help you at all? It won't change the outcome of your surgery one bit. They'll just ruin you chance of a good day today!!

Enjoy the nice frosty weather!
Thinking of you...
Denise

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/4/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise and Joy:))))).Such positive words of hope.Yes so true I went  out for a game of golf this evening and bought a can of coke and a small packet of crisps and by the end of the 9 holes i was vomiting  this out around 5 times !!!.So thats not quality at all.I am a born worrier it runs in the family.My surgeon has flown around the country teaching this procedure so i couldnt be in safer hands also he said the 360deg wrap is basically gold standard but he does 270 for less side effects.He also said email me any questions regarding procedure and he is NOT pushy even saying  no pressure i can change my mind just email him.Im giving myself a 3 yes 3 month restricted activity window this time .He said 2 I said 3 he patted me on the back.I wrecked the original fundo by NOT adhering to physical activity shedule.Im feeling like a new man after 2 weeks so i vigorously mow lawns,wash car with rag 100 miles an hour that night acid food regurg!.Ive learned my lesson and will baby this new wrap like runnin in a new engine .How are you Denise How are you going.Please let me know.Goodnyte all its 12.30am here.....

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 5/4/2010 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
hi cowboy 22 its mookie here remember me lol . did you have fundo same time as me ? 23rd dec 09 sorry you not well keep your chin up though you have it done day after my 50th birthday will be thinking of you i will be in corfu feeling crap to with all the alcohol yeah take care
Michelle
Nissen 23/12/09


cowboy22
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   Posted 5/5/2010 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mookie awesome to hear you are doin ok.:)))))))))))

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/6/2010 7:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Countin down the days lol.Have family comin over this wend so that will be nice.Life is good right now lookin for a positive change!Hope you are all well.fire is goin gettin cooler at nights now.Im in the  process of buying a yacht a trailer sailor.My goal is to sail to the pacific islands nxt year!Always loved the sea..Take care all....

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/12/2010 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Go the cost today 17k all up...

stkitt
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   Posted 5/12/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Brian,


Glad to hear you are keeping busy and remember to stay in the moment. Don't let the "what if?" thoughts take over. When your fears have the best of you, it is easy to feel that things will not get any better. Remember this is not true, just your mind playing tricks on you.



One day at a time my friend.



The weather here is warm and the apple blossoms are blooming.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/12/2010 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt :-) :-) :-) Enjoy your summer:)))))

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/12/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone please help me I wasnt that bad before the op and got pushed into it and was in a worse position(my fault) and dont want to be in an even  WORSE position with a redo!!!.but im regur food and acid daily now.Its all been a downhill rollercoaster just worried its goin to keep goin .Thought about contacting surg.Im VERY happy with the surg experience.Will the gas bloat be a major prob.Dont know if I can do this again .head has been a mess for neally a year and just dont want to go from the fryin pan in2 the fire..Sorry for this negative thinking just a monkey on my back at the moment...Are the side effects goin to be that bad that i wish i had of stayed the way i am now! Should I go for a takedown enevn though highly experienced surgeon does not recomend this.Any thought please.Bill you have been through some of this your thoughts would be appreciated too thanks you so much people....

couchtater
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   Posted 5/12/2010 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, breathe....
They are not doing a full wrap on you. A partial wrap is not as bad. I had a 270 and I feel fine.

My GI was saying I don't really think it would help you, because you all you do is cough.

He was wrong.

Go through with it. I remember you talking about your symptoms before the surgery. You had some major problems. I wouldn't want to go back to before.

Joy

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/13/2010 1:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy:)Just now im recovering mentally just dont want to redo and be a backet case again.dont want to  ( not banging head against floor why did i do this op,not in a and e,not sleeping,feelings of suicide etc etc)..before surgery I was regurg food NO acid.Thanks for your input im just not feeling fuzzy about all of this .Take care all

couchtater
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   Posted 5/13/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I can understand your feelings "once bitten, twice shy".

You're scare this will turn out the same.

Hang in there.

Joy

dencha
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   Posted 5/17/2010 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,
You're becoming your own worst enemy here, my friend. You went to a skilled and experienced surgery who did NOT recommend that you have a take down. In fact, as you relayed, he advised AGAINST it. You had your first surgery because food was refluxing into your esophagus, right? That means that your LES valve was not working correctly. Taking the wrap down would not do anything to change that.

It's not like if you had done nothing your life would be perfect. You were a perfect candidate for the surgery, as you fit the description of a person who will be helped by it. That's why they "rushed" you towards it. They were confident that it was the correct path to take.

So...try to relax and think positive thoughts. It's not going to do any good to worry and fret over something that hasn't happened. Your description of what you've suffered make it clear that you need the surgery. Try to stay in the "now" and stop projecting trouble into the future.

Relax and help your body prepare for the surgery...get yourself healthy and ready to sail the seas!
Stay with us for support and information! We'll do our best to help you through.
Sounds like a plan.
Take care,
Denise

cowboy22
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   Posted 5/28/2010 4:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All.Thanks denise.Yes i understand what you are sayin Denise. Redo Surgery June 10th.The surgeon wants me to email or ring him pre surgery any questions so far none.Just want to get this over with and get on with my life.Cant wait to hold a meal in and stop this volume reflux!!!.Take care all and heal well...

dencha
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   Posted 5/28/2010 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brian,
I know how hard all this is. I wish it were easier and more dependable. There aren't any guarantees to any of us. My wrap is generally doing what it's supposed to do. I think it's a little out of whack--maybe with all the coughing one stitch came loose--who knows (this is just my guess...never confirmed. As far as the barium swallow goes, everything looked just fine. The only issue was the retained barium that stayed in the esophagus--the only time my GI doc had ever seen this) It's both a little loose and a little tight. Leave it to me.

However I'm not getting any food reflux, and the bile reflux is intermittent and not all that bothersome. The Carafate suspension I take, protects my esophagus from the bile. I agree with my GI doc--don't do anything right now. As long as it's working pretty well, leave well enough alone. My lungs continue to be healthy--even in the face of very high pollen levels and allergies. That's my definition of success in my case. Is my stomach perfect? No. Was it perfect before surgery? No. That said, I can deal with the little quirks as long as it doesn't get worse.

You're so lucky to have been able to find an excellent, experienced surgeon. At this point, you have two choices--continue living with horrible reflux, or get the surgery and hope for the best of all outcomes. When I chose surgery, I knew about all the risks. I also knew that it might or might not control my asthma. I took a leap of faith and gave it a try. I had no other options, according to my doc and allergist. The GI doc was never so sure that it was the right course to take.

And it worked! It did exactly what I'd hoped. My sensitive and reactive stomach makes things a little more uncomfortable--for example, I ate lots of celery the night before last and irritated the wrap. So I'm dealing with an irritated wrap for a couple of days. Oh well...I have a choice...eat celery and suffer, or don't eat the celery!

So relax, enjoy the time you have between now and the surgery date. Stay in the positive, and expect the best. The more positive you are going in, the better you'll handle the recovery. Try not to get impatient during those first few weeks. There will be better days ahead.

We're here for you! That's what this forum is all about. These wonderful people and their positive attitudes helped me make a very difficult decision. Afterward, they helped me through my recovery.
We'll do the same for you! Hang in there, Brian.
Take care,
Denise turn
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