How did you feel after TIF?

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cowgirlmle
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   Posted 9/14/2011 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had heartburn/GERD for a long time, and have been on PPIs for about 10 years. My surgeon wants to do a TIF surgery, but it has been really hard to get the insurance to approve it. It seems like we're making progress, and that we may be able to do the surgery in the next couple of weeks. The only problem is that I'm getting married at the end of November and I really want to feel good for my wedding. I was wondering what others have experienced as far as recovery from TIF? I don't feel great now (constantly nauseas, etc) but I don't want to feel really bad for the weeks leading up to my wedding. Any thoughts/advice? Thanks!

Tandem Rider
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   Posted 9/14/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the TIF the middle of April. I am retired so I did not do much the first 4 weeks partly because of the lifting restrictions. The only exercise that I got was walking which I started slowly and worked up to a couple of miles a day. At 10 days I had a unit of blood drawn due to my hemochromatosis and that was not a problem. At 5 weeks I returned to bicycling and by 8 weeks I was back to 50 mile rides. After I went off the diet at 7 weeks I felt close to normal although I continued to lose weight for another 4 or 5 weeks. I lost 22 pounds over the 12 weeks.

I made a couple of mistakes. At 7 weeks I returned too fast to a normal diet, although I phased it in over a couple of weeks, and I don't think that my stomach was ready for it which gave me gastritis. I though that I was still having reflux and at 15 weeks I went cold turkey off my Nexium to have a second 24 hour pH test done. I think that suddenly stopping the Nexuim after 10 years of PPIs increased my stomach acid and encouraged my gastritis.

If you had surgery by early October you would be starting back on a normal diet by late November. I felt good after 8 weeks but my diet was still limited. Following the diet the is very important to the success of your TIF.

By the way, my first pH test had a reflux score of 28, over 20 is severe reflux. My second reflux score was 5.8 which is the normal range. My surgeon said that a NF could give no reflux but the TIF is easier to burp, vomit, and is closer to the original valve structure.

cowgirlmle
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   Posted 9/14/2011 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply :) Aside from the restrictions and the limited diet in the immediate post-op period, how did you feel? Were you painful, nauseated, etc? I'm trying to decide if I might feel even worse than I do now for the first few weeks post op. Thanks so much :-)
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