espaphagal ulcers + another surgery

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   Posted 9/23/2011 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had these. How long to heal?? I took Calafate for 3 months, don't know if they are gone or not..How much do I have to worry about cancer?????

I will be having a rewrap soon. I got the darn ulcers from the acid reflux I had after first surgery. Didn't have any before that. My surgery only lasted a couple of months.Don't know what happened. Did do some vomiting. Also wasn't put on any kind of soft diet or anything. Didn't know what I was doing. This time I am writing all advise from here down.

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   Posted 9/23/2011 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry to read of your need for a doesn't sound to me like you were given very good post-op instructions. Here is a link to a fairly good set of post-op orders just as a sample of what you should receive from your Dr. along with verbal post-op education.
You are so right,  the members here have been through the surgery and can share and support you well so do keep on posting.  We are all here to help.
Be Well,

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   Posted 9/23/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I really hope this isn't the case, but is it possible your surgeon didn't have a lot of experience with this surgery? that is what happened to me. He was the surgeon who removed my gallbladder and I asked him if he could do the nissen also. He told me sure and scheduled the surgery without asking any questions like how many have you done successfully. He ended up doing mine incorrectly and it took almost 3 years for them to figure out what was wrong. Finally the new surgeon I went to ended up doing an exploratory surgery to see what was actually wrong and I had given him prior permission to fix it if it wasn't correct.
You said you did some vomiting. were you able to truly vomit from your stomach? If so maybe the wrap was to loose from the start. I hope you get it corrected soon. Oh, also ask for a script for anti nausea meds, I keep them around at all times.

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   Posted 9/24/2011 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I would rule out the regular diet.  If you were able to swallow what you were eating, and things weren't getting stuck, I wouldn't think that would do anything.  I also went on regular food (things that could be chewed to a liquid) on Day 5 or 6, and things are intact.
Bill's question would also be mine.  Sometimes great surgeons who have not had lots and lots of experience with Nissens can create an issue that in time leads to the need for a redo.  You might want to consider a second opinion as you move toward surgery. 
Good luck! We'll be here o lend support! yeah
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