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gerdy76
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   Posted 2/8/2011 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi "wrapped club" I am new on this site; I currently waiting for my surgery which is scheduled for 03/08/11. am a bit scared from all the after effects of surgery. any information woul  be very useful. txs. confused

Ekirch
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   Posted 2/8/2011 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey gerdy, I just had mine 10 days ago and havent had any issues. there are however some horror stories out there. so dont read them ;)
Ed - Recent member of the wrapped club :)

gerdy76
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   Posted 2/8/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Ekirch
thanks for your reply :)
what would you say has been the most challenging thing after your surgery? and would you do it again if you had a choice?

Ekirch
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   Posted 2/8/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
well so far, worst part was the sneeze i had 5 day after surgery lol.. thought i was gonna pass out from the pain. diet hasnt been much due to the swelling i wasnt that hungry anyway. you will lose weight!!!! I have lost 12lbs in 10 days. almost down 8 more lbs and i will be down to where i should be. i have tried to eat about 6 times a day and drink 2 protien shakes at least to keep the calories up so i dont get drained to fast. I would say that was the biggest problem. that first week i was pretty tired because i am used to 2500 calories a day and was only getting about 800. overall i had a very good surgeon and i have had reflux only once in the last 10 days (my fault spicy gumbo soup.. bad idea uugghh) . so if it keeps getting better than yes i would have it again. biggest thing i noticed was the tightness in my chest has subsided when taking deep breaths.
Ed - Recent member of the wrapped club :)

gerdy76
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   Posted 2/8/2011 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks Eckirch  " biggest thing i noticed was the tightness in my chest has subsided when taking deep breaths." shocked

what do you mean tightness in your chest? I'm not too worries about the liquid diet and loosing weight would actually be a good thing LOL, but I've also heard on other sites that you loose tha ability to vomit, and if so is this forever?

Post Edited (gerdy76) : 2/8/2011 5:06:44 PM (GMT-7)


couchtater
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   Posted 2/8/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
The doctor does advise for us not to throw up due to possible wrap slippage. Most of us do carry around anti-nausea meds just in case.

I had gastroentroritis(sp?) a few weeks ago. Non-stop throwing up for about six hours. I'm scared mine might have slipped some. :(
I'm hoping it's just allergies causing coughing.
Joy

spike1010
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   Posted 2/9/2011 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gerdy,

I had my wrap done 8 days ago and am feeling quite good. No problems yet, some mnor irritation and still sore a bit so having to take the pain medicine as and when required but, overall I'm very pleased with my surgery. Don't worry you will be fine, seems a long time away august but it will go quickly. Take care

Ekirch
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   Posted 2/9/2011 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Gerdy, I was having acid asthma and had tightness in my chest when i would try and take deep breaths. since the surgery i havent had any of those. overall i feel pretty good.
Ed - Recent member of the wrapped club :)

gerdy76
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   Posted 2/9/2011 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks to all of you guys for all your helpful answers, I am so glad I found this forum. to me surgery seems so extreme but considering what am going through it sems like the right thing to do. I've had so many different tests done these past few months which makes me very confident that my Dr. is sure that surgery is right for me. I don't get bad heartburn all of the time but what happens to me is the acid in my stomach travels up my throat and is damaging my vocal chords I loose my voice most of the time and it also makes me very naseous so I can't really eat anything. my surgery is in about 3 weeks and will keep you guys posted. again thank you so much for your responses. turn

couchtater
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   Posted 2/9/2011 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
gerdy,
make sure your doctor does these tests:
barium swallow
EGD
pH test
Motility study (manometry)
Stomach emptying (to check for lower stomach valve issues)

Don't forget to prep for the after surgery diet and limitations.
Comfortable place to sleep (recliner is best or many pillows in bed).
Grabber to pick things off the floor you drop. You won't want to bend for about two weeks. Don't lift anything over five pounds for six weeks.
A small pillow to place over your stomach for coughs and sneezes.
Liquid foods for the first four weeks. Soft foods for the following two weeks. By then you'll be able to travel with ease.
I wish you a smooth recovery.
Joy

drgrcr
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   Posted 2/10/2011 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy, are you saying it was hard to lay down and sleep after your surgery?

Thanks Pat

pegster
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   Posted 2/10/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
hi,
had the surgery on the 7th. Stayed an extra night in hospital cuz I kept trying to vomit. right combination of meds worked great. Stayed in recovery for 8 hours with no pain. I can definitely burp and felt 100% better after passing some gas. Anti-nausea stuff really dried my mouth, so I took MANY sips of water, hence the belly full of gas. I'm obviously moving more at home, so more pain here. Have liquid Vicodin, which tastes terrible and takes 30-45 minutes to work. Had to laugh at the clear liquid diet-3 meals consisting of 2 juice boxes, 2 jellos, cup of tea and large bowl of broth. Who could eat that much right after surg? Best part--NO HEARTBURN!!

Ekirch
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   Posted 2/10/2011 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
pegster said...
hi,
had the surgery on the 7th. Stayed an extra night in hospital cuz I kept trying to vomit. right combination of meds worked great. Stayed in recovery for 8 hours with no pain. I can definitely burp and felt 100% better after passing some gas. Anti-nausea stuff really dried my mouth, so I took MANY sips of water, hence the belly full of gas. I'm obviously moving more at home, so more pain here. Have liquid Vicodin, which tastes terrible and takes 30-45 minutes to work. Had to laugh at the clear liquid diet-3 meals consisting of 2 juice boxes, 2 jellos, cup of tea and large bowl of broth. Who could eat that much right after surg? Best part--NO HEARTBURN!!


sounds like your doing well. and your right, i did not eat much for about 3 days. although i have not had anything close to naseau since the surgery. I guess it just depends on the person. I can still burb as well but nothing like i used to be able to. good luck with the healing process. turn

amandapanda82
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   Posted 2/11/2011 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi gerdy!!! You are going to be about 3 weeks ahead of me on the surgery, mine is 3/30/11. I will definitely be following you to see how things go! Wishing you lots of luck.
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