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Sammi67
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   Posted 6/8/2011 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
So here's the deal. The surgeon was very well versed with this type of surgery. Yay! He told me that he wouldn't put me back through a manometry. He is having me do the barium upper GI next Monday. I am 43 and he said he has very rarely seen someone my age with swallowing problems usually older adults.

He went into detail of how he will work on the hiatal hernia first then showed me the 360 wrap. He said he does a loose wrap always because people do tend to have problems burping. He said he usually sees the patience post-op one time (unless there are some sort of problems) then again is 6 months and he doesn't usually ever see them again. He said about every other year he might have to go back in on a patient thats wrap sutures have loosened up, but it is rare.

It will be an Outpatient laproscopic surgery at our surgery center here in town. I will go home the same day, which amazed me. He said he'd give me diet instructions etc before going home on surgery day. He really feels like I will benefit from it.

I told him about having to have a hysterectomy as well and he said try to hold off on that surgery for about 8-12 weeks. So that's where we are at. Now give me all the advise you can muster do's and don'ts!! That's what I'm here for.

couchtater
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   Posted 6/8/2011 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations!
Make sure you have a comfortable "healing space" set up at home. Pillows, blanket, and entertantment.
No lifting anything over five pounds for six weeks and then gradually add five pounds a week after that.
No bending over for at least two weeks- you'll regret it (Ouch!)
Make sure your doctor gives you some liquid anti-nausea med and liquid pain meds before your surgery date to have ready on hand. So there's no last minute rush to the pharmacy that night.
Have some liquids handy for you the first few days. Ensure, boost, slim fast, vitamin water, gatoraid, broth, jello, fruit juice or popsicles.
Plan for at least three weeks off work. I did two, but really needed three.
Relax and go with the flow. :)
Joy

Sammi67
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   Posted 6/8/2011 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Fortunately, I'm not working so I can take my time healing. I go for Pre-Op on the 20th, I will go up to his office that day and asked him to give me that liquid pain med and anti-nausea med. I do get nausea after surgery but the last one I had they put that ear patch on that controlled it for a few days, but I'll be sure to get more on hand. I am so excited but nervous at the same time. Thanks for the fine tips Joy! Looking forward to posting my progress, I feel certain I am going to be so glad I did it.

*Sammi*

Sammi67
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   Posted 6/8/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, what is the liquid pain and nausea meds called?

*Sammi*

kyheart
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   Posted 6/8/2011 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Sammi

Please keep in touch as to how you are doing.. you can be sure that everyone here will be ready to help you when the questions come or when you need support or encouragement. Take your time recovering if there is no need to go to work.. I like Joy, went back to work after 2 weeks, should have taken 3...
Take care and keep in touch..
Sandi

Sammi67
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   Posted 6/8/2011 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sandi! I have been reading your post op posts. I have to say thank you because they really gave me a lot of information and continue to.

*Sammi*

couchtater
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   Posted 6/8/2011 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My pain med was hydrocodiene (Loratab) and the anti-nausea med was phenagan.
Joy

kyheart
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   Posted 6/8/2011 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Sammi

My pain and anti-nausea meds were the same as Joys..
Thank you for your kind words.. I have said before that I hope I can help someone else as the others on this forum have helped me.
You are going to be well prepared for your procedure.. take care

Sandi

Sammi67
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   Posted 6/9/2011 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy and Sandi! My gastro doctor called me this morning and left a message on my machine. He said to see the surgeon then let him know what he says about further testing. Haha, boy he's Johnny on the spot. I called back and told the phone nurse to relay the message that I am scheduled for a barium swallow on the 13th and the surgery on the 16th. To let gastro doc know. Haha!
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