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Feisty1
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   Posted 11/30/2011 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone tell me how long it really takes to become healed? What can you eat after the surgery?
 

bcfromfl
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   Posted 11/30/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the TIF procedure in August.  Most of the recovery occurs by 4-6 weeks.  Soft foods for at least the first 2-3 weeks, then proceed slowly as you feel more able to handle chewier stuff.  Most recommend to stay away from meats and bread, and I had difficulty with a raw carrot at about 3 weeks.  (Started choking, despite lots of chewing couldn't wash it down with water, and threw it back up.  Did not damage surgical site.)
 
Hope this helps.
 
-Bruce

dbil
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   Posted 11/30/2011 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the TIF procedure 2 weeks ago today. My Dr. gave me a 6 week diet to follow. I am currently on soft foods and doing well. I was pretty much pain free after 1 week.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 11/30/2011 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you guys have LPR symptoms or just GERD symptoms? Thanks

Feisty1
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   Posted 12/1/2011 2:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Just GERD. I don't know what LPR is. Sorry.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/1/2011 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Feisty,

Laryngopharyngeal reflux is the backflow of gastric juices from the stomach into the esophagus and the upper airway. A person experiencing laryngopharyngeal reflux may eventually have problems speaking, according to The Voice and Swallowing Institute. Often, a person is not aware that he has the condition because he experiences reflux so frequently that he thinks it is normal.

This is a quick explanation in a nutshell. :-)

Kindly,

Kitt

 
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dbil
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   Posted 12/1/2011 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I had LPR symptoms. I rarely had hearburn. When i had the upper GI scope done, the doc said my LES was "bad". So that made the decision to get the TIF procedure easy.

Feisty1
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   Posted 12/1/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Kitt for the explanation.
 
Feisty

Faith224
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   Posted 12/2/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Dbil,

Did the procedure help your LPR symptoms?

Tandem Rider
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   Posted 12/3/2011 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the TIF seven months ago. I followed the diet on the EsophyX web site. It was liquids for 2 weeks and soft foods for the next 5 weeks. The last 5 weeks was no fibrous foods such as pineapple, asparagus, and celery.

I had reflux, DeMeester of 28, but little heart burn so it may have been LPR. Most of my symptoms have been eliminated and my DeMeester is 5.8.

Sheldon

Faith224
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   Posted 12/3/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sheldon,

That's great news. If you don't mind me asking, what were your symptoms?
Feel Good,

-Faith

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 12/3/2011 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
wow, so the tif procedure was sucessful for LPR?

Tandem Rider
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   Posted 12/4/2011 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
My symptoms were waking up every night and ofter awake for 2 to 3 hours. I had to sit straight up and eating a small bowl of cereal would ofter settle my stomach. I drank water or something constantly, had a bad taste in my mouth, burning in the back of my throat, pain under my sternum, some coughing and an uneasy feeling below my sternum. If I had a normal meal I had to sit up straight, could not walk very fast or I got the sternum pain and the uneasy feeling below my sternum. I seldom had that traditional heart burn in the chest but the PPI may have stopped that. Most of my symptoms have been eliminated after my TIF. I did have some stomach issues after surgery but I am getting those calmed down. I am not taking a PPI, drink one cup of coffee in the morning, not watching my diet as close and I am appreciating my TIF with the holiday season. I can't eat and drink like in my 20s but I am much better.

Sheldon

aciphexo
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   Posted 12/4/2011 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Sheldon,

Other than the deemester scores, how did you do on the tests: manometry, endoscopy, pH etc.? I am curious to know if you had to convince the TIF surgeons to get you this procedure or they pretty much gave you the green light from the get go?

Thanks

Tandem Rider
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   Posted 12/4/2011 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
PPI-Less,

Before my TIF surgery I had 5 upper endoscopies over 7 years. Four showed nothing wrong except for a small hernia and gastritis. The last endoscopy, two months before surgery, showed small erosions and a "gap" which has something to do with the angle of my esophagus and my stomach. I also had the barium swallowing test which showed nothing wrong and that I swallowed well enough to have the TIF.

After the pH test I was told that my reflux was bad enough to have the TIF. I did not have to convince the doctor for the TIF and gave me the green light.

I think that I understand your concern. Before my TIF I did go to two different GI doctors and both did two endoscopes. They always said that I did not have a problem, take the PPI and sent me home. I even went back and asked the second GI doctor for a pH test. He said that he did not think that I needed the pH test.

On my third attempt (over 7 years) to get something done I went to the Heart Burn Clinic at my local hospital. They were much better to deal with than the GI doctors and were interested in helping me with my health problem. I recommend a Heart Burn Clinic.

It has been a long journey for me. My family doctor suspected gall bladder and he finally sent me to a surgeon who found stones and my gall bladder was removed. I also found out that I have heredity hemochromatosis which is high iron. I have had 10 units of blood drawn over the last 22 months to remove the excess iron.

Sheldon

dbil
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   Posted 12/5/2011 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, since surgery have have been symptom free.
 
I just had an endoscopy and no other tests becasue it showed my LES as being "bad" and a hiatal hernia. So my options were: do nothing, try taking PPIs for the rest of my life or get the TIF procedure. So i got the TIF done. My Dr. also does the Niessen wrap, but only when he does not think the TIF would be sucessful.   

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 12/5/2011 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Dbil,

What kind of LPR symptoms did you have?

Constant sore throat? Acid gas coming to your mouth? Please describe? Where did you have the TIF procedure done? Is the TIF better than Nissen with regards to LPR? Thanks.

ConniePrez
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   Posted 4/5/2018 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the tif one week ago today. I am starting to have pain in chest and stomach. I had the tif done, along with hiatal hernia and they had to stretch my throat.

SharonZ
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   Posted 4/5/2018 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
ConniePrez:

You are responding to a thread that is over 6 years old. You might want to start your own post for more responses.

Sharon
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