5 month update post Nissen - first (and only) chat with surgeon post surgery

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   Posted 9/1/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I'm 5 months in and finally got to see my surgeon for the first time since he knifed me. I've got to say I'm a little underwhelmed. My appointment kept getting put back. After initially being told I'd get a 4 week check up this then moved to two months, then three then finally five! I waited an hour and a half in the waiting room (he ran an hour late) and the conversation went like this.

Doc - "So how are you doing, any reflux?"
Me - "Nope, none since the surgery"
Doc - "Are you eating ok? Nothing's sticking?"
Me - "Aye, anything I like although I had one occasion recently where a big bit of chicken gave me some trouble"
Doc - "Well remember to chew. Any gas"
Me - "aye, quite a bit, can't burp properly yet"
Doc - "Well that should ease off in a few months. Try and avoid bread. Well everything seems ok. Hopefully I won't see you in here again. Take care"
Me - "err.. ok"

That was it, literally 2 minutes! I'm just glad I found this place before the op, the support has been great and the advice was a massive help, particularly in the early days. I had no support from the NHS apart from a diet leaflet and a big bag of nutrient milkshakes when I left the hospital.

Asides from that I feel mostly great. Still battling the rumbling gut and excess gas and had a dodgy moment at a music festival brought on by a silly afternoon of dodgy foreign alcohol where I thought I was going to be sick but then wasn't. I get the odd great burp but they're so rare they're practically an event but I'm optimistic that'll get better over time.
I've still don't have any regrets, having the surgery changed my life.

mock turtle
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   Posted 9/1/2011 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
sad you didnt get an appointment sooner and more talk time
sounds like you didnt need any hand holding and your proceedure was a big - big success

so surgeon gets a low grade in counseling and an A+ in wielding the scalpel

a good trade off

best wishes
mock turtle

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   Posted 9/1/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Couldn't have put it better myself :)

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   Posted 9/1/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear it...

did you come off PPIs completely?
hope everything will be better and better soon..

best wishes

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   Posted 9/2/2011 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Aye, still got them sitting in my cupboard. Went from 80mg Nexium to nothing straight away.

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   Posted 9/2/2011 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   

you and I were very close in our surgeries.. mine was April 1.. Good to hear you are doing well..
I must say though I had a great surgeon, very compassionate and caring.. but the man has no clue as to what happens weeks post the surgery.. he gave me plenty of talk time during the visit but if I didn't have the forum I would have been lost...

I also went from 80mg Nexium a day to 0.. it is so good to not have to be a slave to meds..

I have a few issues but nothing big, a bit of nausea in the mornings that I haven't figured out how to stop. and bits like that.. I will figure them out one at a time and sooner or later.. nothing is as bad as it was before though.

Good to hear from you

Reach for the Sunshine.. Rainbows will follow

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   Posted 9/2/2011 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear all is well. You were one one of the people who helped give me the courage to go through with the surgery. My first six weeks were great but recently I had a set back. I had a week of terrible reflux like pain that required an endoscopy. Good news is everything looked good. Wrap was intact and in the right spot. The doctor thinks (and I agree) I pushed myself a little too much with my food choices and food might be sitting at the wrap causing pain. I have felt better over the last week so hopefully I am still on the road to recovery. I have the same gas problems as you. Can't say the wife enjoys that side effect of the surgery but she does enjoy the fact that I am not up all night keeping her awake because my chest is on fire. That being said the gas is nothing compared to reflux.

Continued best of luck to you.

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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 9/4/2011 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Gritty, I am sorry to hear about your visit to your surgeon. I already had a couple of visits, however, I am not getting the answers I am looking for. Like you, I asked about the burping and he said, "there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to burp all the time". He also said that "if it goes down, it should be able to come up". I said has there been anyone with my burping and gas issue...He said "NO". So according to my surgeon I am the only one in Canada with this issue. Thank God for this site. You guys have been wonderful. I don't feel so alone anymore. I can tell you that the burping gets better but I am still not able to burp all the time....it's frustrating, however, I have to give it the year like everyone else. My stomach still rumbles every two and half hours. I get bloated at night because I can't burp lying down, but I strongly believe that all will be well....I have to believe that.

Take care.


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   Posted 9/5/2011 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gritty,
Glad to hear you're  doing well post-op!  Surgeons do surgery...they didn't get into that field to chat with patients!  That job is saved for PCPs who don't get paid as much, but must enjoy their interactions with people enough to find it rewarding.  Most of us have had very little interaction with our surgeon no matter how good their bedside manner is. 
That's the beauty of a sharing site like this!  We can provide each other the support that a surgeon doesn't offer!
Happy healing, my friend! yeah yeah yeah
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