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Tduga1
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   Posted 6/28/2011 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I am scheduled to have a wrap performed this Friday. I am 31 years old and have been on 80 mg of prilosec for two years. The drugs did improve my gerd but heartburn any where from minor annoyance to major discomfort is still a daily occurrence. My reflux occasional results in heart palpatations that keep me up all night. Did all the heart tests last year and everything came back normal.

My surgeon is Dr. John Sweeney at The Emory Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia. He told me he has performed 25-30 of these operations a year for the last 15 years.

I am at the moment having cold feet. Some of the stories have made me a little apprehensive about going through with the wrap. Pre-op is tomorrow so I guess I have to make a decision pretty soon. Any thoughts or suggestions would be much appreciated.

Tony

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   Posted 6/28/2011 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
My surgery day:
Wake up & take the anti-nausea medicine given
Arrive at the hospital
Go to a small prep room to change into a very breezy gown (brrrr!)
Nurse comes in with a million and one questions & the IV (in the wrist-ooowwee!) It was my first one there.
Climb onto bed to wait for orderly
Orderly rolls me to the pre-op room
More questions, antinausea patch applied to ear, two shots in the IV
Rolled into the OR, slid onto table, (scoot over honey til you feel my belly)
"Place your arms on the props" Good night!
Wake up in post-op very groggy, thirsty, and some pain. You can't get any water or pain med until you're fully awake. (Sorry)
Rolled to the room to finish sleeping off the antisthesic.
They sometimes bring you a liquid diet right away. Go for the popsicle it will feel like heaven on those dry lips.
A few hours later they come in to check your stitches (or glue) and ask if you have peed yet. Try to as soon as possible or you might get a cath!
You'll feel bloated and mild pain (TG for demerol). You'll have pressure boots on that will stay on during your stay. You'll want someone to stay with you to help you get in and out of bed. I felt like a bloated whale trying to get in and out.

Make sure you get liquid pain meds and antinausea med before going into the hospital. You may need them on the way home.
Don't forget your liquid diet foods.
Joy

Tduga1
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   Posted 6/28/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy,

Thank you for the info. I will have to ask about getting the meds before surgery.

It really is interesting how people's experiences are all over the place. Before I had a manometry done I read about how awful it was and I didn't really think it was that bad.

How long did it take you to recover and start eating a normal diet?

couchtater
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   Posted 6/28/2011 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Around 12 weeks for me to eat normal.
The pain was gone by day five for me.
Was bloated for about two weeks.
Joy

kyheart
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   Posted 6/28/2011 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi T,

Try to look at your upcoming surgery as a life changing experience. I am able to say exactly that. Not everyone has the same results, but I believe a positive outlook helps tremendously. I have no reflux, have not taken a Nexium since the morning of my surgery (I too was on 80mg a day of Nexium), and my asthma is all but gone. Sure, we in the "wrapped club" have to deal with some less than desirable situations for several months. By that I mean that we have some initial pain from the surgery, we have to deal with liquid diets for a couple of weeks and soft and semi-soft diets for a few more weeks and then we have to watch what we eat and how much for a while. I will gladly do all of that for relief from reflux and no more jumping up in the middle of the night to throw up, and not being able to breath without a rescue inhaler etc, etc, etc..
The day of my surgery I do not remember a whole lot.. as Joy said you go into pre-op and have a breezy gown.. after that I get fuzzy because I do not deal with meds very well. I was hooked to an IV and they gave me something to make me relax.. wheeled me out of pre-op and all I remember from there is saying good-bye to my husband and my cousin.. next thing I know they are talking to me trying to wake me up and I have pain... mostly in my shoulders. I was taken to my room and as soon as I asked for something to drink they gave me ice chips, then I asked for ginger ale.. they gave it to me, I can't say it was the smartest thing to ask for but, it is always what I want when I don't feel well.fortunately it was flat by the time I drank it. I had liquid for dinner, broth, jello, juice and tea. in the morning they gave me thin cream of wheat and broth, jello and tea... same thing for lunch and dinner and breakfast on Sunday. I pretty much ate(drank) that for about 10 days then soft boiled an egg and mashed til you couldn't recognize it. it was OK. I always made sure I had something to drink right there to dilute everything.
I have just passed the 12 week point and I am eating pretty well.. lots of fresh veggies cooked well, nothing raw. I can eat watermelon at this point but I cannot eat other fresh fruit yet. I have eaten chicken, ground beef, pork chops.. as an example in the last few weeks but... you have to CHEW CHEW CHEW... everything must be chewed to mush. I started on pasta a bit overcooked.. now it is cooked soft and it is good with a little extra sauce to help it. As you go along you will learn that the best thing to judge your steps by, is what your body tells you.. if it says ..ah no I don't think so.... listen to it and don't eat it or do it...
You will do fine, make sure you let us know how you are doing and don't be afraid to ask questions. If I had not been able to turn to this forum I would be a mess.. I think these people are super...
Good Luck and let us know how you are doing..
Sandi

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   Posted 6/28/2011 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony,

Welcome to Healing Well's GERD forum! I know how hard it is to make the decision to go forward with this surgery. I had it done a little over 2 years ago, and am very glad I did. Although I had breakthrough heartburn like you do (on 40mg Protonix twice a day, and 300mg of Ranitidine at bedtime), my DeMeester score on the PH test was never all that impressive. My problem was the the reflux I did get affected my asthmatic lungs. I didn't know if the surgery would help my lungs, but I had to try it, and if my lungs didn't respond, at least I could rule out GERD as the cause. Thankfully, the surgery worked, and my lungs were much improved.

I found this forum within a month of my surgery, and it was a great help. A lot of the people who helped me are no longer active here, but I'm sticking around to pay forward the caring, information, and support they offered me when I needed it.

I'm glad to hear you didn't find the manometry all that bad. I didn't think it was fun, but like you, it was very bearable. Hopefully you'll stick around after your surgery and share your experiences with others who come by for help and information.

I wish you all the best with your upcoming surgery. I was prepared for a horrible recovery, which was good, because it made the actual recovery amazingly easy!

Good luck!
Denise

Tduga1
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   Posted 6/28/2011 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your words of encouragement and advice. I am not too concerned about the post op pain but the diet has me a little timid.

Bottom line is that I am tired of feeling the way I do so I am going to have the wrap done Friday. I am going to be positive, stay patient, and hopefully be one of those writing about a positive experience. I will be back to share post surgery.

Post Edited (Tduga1) : 6/28/2011 8:01:32 PM (GMT-6)


couchtater
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   Posted 6/29/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on the liquid diet for 14 days, then two weeks of pureed foods, then two weeks of soft foods, then very tender food that can be shredded easily, gradually I added bread and tougher meat.
Joy

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   Posted 6/29/2011 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm the same age as you mate and was on 80mg Nexium and feeling pretty miserable about it. The liquid diet is annoying but remember you can have ice cream, jelly (jello), porridge and all the soup you like. Within a couple of weeks you'll be craving solids and you'll be able to incorporate more and more into your diet. You'll probably lose a bit of weight which is no bad thing unless you're a bean pole already and when you finally get back onto proper food (which comes suprisingly quick all things considered) you'll really appreciate it. See it as a massive detox. You'll be better in no time and every day you'll notice how much better you feel... oh and NO REFLUX! I was pretty much eating everything again by week 8 and was back to work in 2 weeks but it varies from case to case. Just don't be too eager and remember to chew to avoid stuff sticking in the first few weeks. Seriously mate, this surgery was the best thing I ever did. Good luck!

Tduga1
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   Posted 6/30/2011 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope my recovery goes as well as yours. Any doubt about having this surgery was removed last night as I experienced terrible reflux that kept me up most of the night. Of course I am a little nervous but after last night I am really looking forward to getting the wrap and hopefully not having the daily discomfort.

I am really into running so I expect I will miss that in the near future. The surgeon told me everyone heals differently and I can return to it when I feel up to it. I will make sure I take it easy like you all have suggested.

Thanks again to everyone for your comments. The worst part of this is not knowing what to expect and you guys have really helped.

CRABBYGAIL
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   Posted 6/30/2011 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony,
 I am now at day 8 post op and have you by about 20 years! I so wished I would have done this 20 years ago when I first started having reflux.  I am doing well except for  a little pain in the left rib area. Haven't used any pain meds since I came home from the hospital last Friday. I do have an ice pack for my afternoon nap everyday, though.  The liquid diet is not really as bad as I expected. I have found that I need to eat something about every 3 hours and can't handle more than four or 5 bites at a time.  I got my staples out today and was cleared for soft foods. I immediately went to KFC and had mashed potatoes and gravy. The doctor's office is about 1 1/2 hrs from home and I truly didn't think I would make it back home without eating! The good news--- NO REFLUX! I am to continue taking the Dexilant for the next month but was allowed to stop taking the Reglan twice a day. I have been on every PPI made, I think, so I have been having a mixed dose for the last two years. Good luck tomorrow, and I will pray that you have an easy recovery as an old lady like I have had! Crabby Gail yeah P.S. My son and son-in-law are runners so I know how hard it will be to give it  a break for a few weeks! You will probably be able to handle the pain so much easier than us old sedentary folks!

Tduga1
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   Posted 7/1/2011 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am done. Had the wrap this morning and am now resting in the hospital. Nothing too terrible at this time except the gas pains in my shoulders. I am looking forward to that going away over the next few days. I will post with my progress as the days go on.

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   Posted 7/1/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
T,
 
Glad to hear you surgery went smoothly and I hope you have a peaceful week-end.  Do keep us posted on your progress.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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couchtater
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   Posted 7/1/2011 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Wrapped Club, T!
yeah   yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Our numbers just keep on growing!
 
Rest and take it easy.
Joy

kyheart
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   Posted 7/1/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Wrapped Club....

Rest and relax.. you need all you can get..

Keep in touch and update us on our recovery...we are here for you...

Sandi

Tduga1
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   Posted 7/3/2011 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Day two of my recovery and I am doing quite well. The surgeon said my hiatal hernia was worse than he expected and was probably a large contributor to my GERD.

Yesterday was pretty rough with terrible gas pains in my upper chest and shoulders. I still have a little discomfort today but nothing like yesterday. Swallowing has not been a problem as I am sticking to clear liquids. It really feels great to put something in my mouth and not have it come back into my throat.

Thanks again to you all for your help.

couchtater
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   Posted 7/3/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear things are going better.
It just keeps getting better.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 7/3/2011 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tduga,

Welcome to the
Healing Well Official yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah

When I was hospitalized, the night nurse told me to walk as much as possible to relieve the gas and shoulder pain. She said to get up and walk whenever I went to the bathroom.

I walked a lot all night...roamed the hospital halls, doing laps and waving to the nurses. I found that even at home, the more I walked, the less shoulder pain I got.

If you haven't tried that yet, see what happens...it helped me, and it might help you. I found that the pain in my shoulder was better or worse in direct relation to how much I walked.

Again, congratulations on your wrap! You're now beginning a journey to an improved quality of life!
Best wishes!
Denise

Tduga1
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   Posted 7/5/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Day 4 of my recovery and things are still going well. Still feeling pretty weak but I do get a little stronger every day. Pain has subsided for the most part. My abdomen is still sore and I have occasional light pain in my upper chest and shoulders. Coughing is still a little painful as well.

For those thinking about the surgery I would tell you that the first day after surgery was the worst and I was very uncomfortable. I remember thinking in the hospital a few hours after waking up that I wasn't feeling all that bad but like I said, the next day was rough. The pain passes quickly and I am no longer taking the pain meds.

Food is going well too. I ate clear liquids for the first three days and have added very watery cream of wheat and watery mashed potatoes (really like a soup). No problems at all swallowing so far. I am really looking forward to eating regular food but will be patient.

Post Edited (Tduga1) : 7/5/2011 1:23:58 PM (GMT-6)


couchtater
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   Posted 7/5/2011 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like everything's progressing fine.
Joy

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   Posted 7/5/2011 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Been a long time since I was on here, but I'll tell you that I got the best information from the good people here; listen to their advice and you'll be so much further ahead.
My surgery was in 2007 or 2008, seriously, I do not remember! I had some complications, but I am so much better; once in a great while I'll have a touch of heartburn, but nothing to complain about. The surgery was the best thing for me.
Good luck, and look forward to a wonderful life!
Renee
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