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babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/12/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
It went well. My dr showed me pics of where the wrap is and it is still open almost an inch when it should be closed. He said I need to go to a different surgeon because my first two nissens were not done correctly. So a third is probably in my near future. He took a biopsy and I should get the results next week, not sure what it's for though. He gave me a new med called Dexilant. I've never heard of it. Has anyone else tried it? I have to wait 2-3 weeks for my insurance to approve it so it will be a while. I'm not sure if this reflux is causing all of my nausea but I'll see what he says about that next week. I really want to smack my surgeon right now. LOL The recoveries from the first two nissens wasn't bad but I really don't want to get it done a third time!

ETA: He also said I have a small hiatal hernia now. Why wasn't that seen before during the surgeries or my previous scopes?
Michelle

~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

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ZhyKitty
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   Posted 11/12/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
They're looking for Barretts and such I bet. I had a biopsy as well when they did my last scope.

I hope you are able to find a good surgeon to wrap you correctly this time and fix your hh.

A good surgeon makes all the difference in the world.

Wishing you the best....perhaps the 3rd time will be the charm! : )

Cat

couchtater
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   Posted 11/12/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Didn't Bill have to have it done three times?
Did the same doctor do both surgery?
Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/12/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes Joy the same surgeon did both. I'm going to get a referral to a better surgeon I hope! There are very few gastric surgeons in this area.
Michelle

~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

Alcie
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   Posted 11/12/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle
What state are you in? Maybe someone will have a recommendation for a good surgeon for a re-do. There are 3 here in Pittsburgh who have good reputations.
Alcie
 
 

babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/12/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Im in Wisconsin. I don't have the funds to travel very far though. I'm going to make an appt with my GI to discuss his findings more in depth since I was kind of out of it. I'm going to do some research and see if I can find another surgeon but not sure if I can find out how many nissens they have done.
Michelle

~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/12/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
This is what I found when I tried to look up gastric surgeons in Wisconsin. The second surgeon is the one that did my wraps. http://www.midwestbariatrics.com/info/surgical_staff.asp
Michelle

~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

couchtater
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   Posted 11/12/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Go to the Columbia St. Mary's Mikwaukee website and look at their staff. They have a lot of gastric surgeons on staff.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 11/13/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,
Sorry to hear the bad news. It's definitely time to find a new surgeon. If you have a medical center within driving distance, that would be a good option. You could also broaden your search to a thoracic surgeon who specializes in esophageal surgery. I'm seeing one now to explore whether or not I need a redo (my asthma is kicking up). He has done over 1000 fundos and over 200 revisions. He also does many other very complex esophageal procedures, so he's very experienced.

I wonder of those centers have money (like a scholarship) to help people like you who can't afford the travel. It's a thought.

Good luck with your surgeon search!
Hang in there,
Denise

nofun
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   Posted 11/13/2010 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,

Another place that has alot of surgeons is Froedtert Hospital. That is where I went to get a second opinion. They have specialists in every field. They also do the Davinci robotic assisted surgery. They say it's quicker healing time and it's very precise.

Also I have been put on Dexilant and for me anyway it is working just fine, it works so good I sometimes forget about the reflux. I was taking Protonix 40mg twice a day and didn't work half as good as this. I hope it works well for you.

Good luck finding a new surgeon.

Judy

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   Posted 11/13/2010 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Michelle-
how far are you from Chicago? I had my redo done at Loyola and highly recommend the surgeon who did mine. I didn't give the surgeon who did my original one wrong a second chance. I asked another surgeon I trusted to do it and he recommended I go see this surgeon at Loyola because he specializes in this. If it isn't to far email me and I can give you his name and number.

Take care,
Bill
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purplemonkey
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   Posted 11/14/2010 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking dexilant for about a month it didnt do much for me will be seeing my doctor thursday and try another PPI until something works. Good Luck and I hope it works for you.

babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/14/2010 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill, Chicago is about 3-4 hours away. I'm assuming I would have to meet with him before he does anything so it would be at least 2 trips down.
Michelle

~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~
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