Your questions and answers:
1. Are you satisfied with the procedure?
-At the moment I am very happy with the procedure. However, it is early not 2 weeks yet so my opinion should be couched with my limited experience.
2. Were you considering Nissen?
-Yes, I had interviewed five surgeons and found the one that was highly recommended and is doing around 100 per year. He uses the da vinci robot for his Nissens. I was at his office planning the surgery for two weeks out when a comment he made about
lifestyle change made me want to double down on seeing how I could get the LINX installed. I went back to my GI doc with my concerns and discussed all my options one more time. He was great. I had the thought of going to Europe... buy he actually suggested it. "You could go to Europe if you were willing to pay for it yourself." Then I decided to see if I could make it happen.
3. Did you GI or surgeon recommend the LINX?
-Yes, but only after I brought it up. I have been following the LINX for quite a while. Once I brought it up he reviewed my records and let me know I would be a great candidate for the Nissen or the LINX. We also discussed the Stretta procedure as this is available in the US too. -just not covered by insurance.
4. I thought you could return to a regular diet after the LINX? This is not so?
- eventually yes, but like the Nissen you need to let your body heal. The recommendation is 40 days of soft food. But I was also told to exercise the devise by eating thicker foods if possible. I was also given the instructions of what to do if something gets stuck. Relax, Breath deeply and have a sip of water. It works. I have eaten nuts, pancakes, soft noodles, eggs, chips, soups, bread-dipped in soup, chicken, corn beef hash, and sausages with no problem as long as I chew them up well but I am only at day 13.
5. Any pains or spasms to the esophogus
- Yes pains but just healing pains no big deal. I was on pain killers Acetaminophen 1000Mg twice a day for two days post op
6. Did you need to do a consultation first with the surgeons in Italy before the procedure?
- Since this is remote this step is truncated a bit. I gave him my medical records and after he reviewed them he emailed me I was a candidate. That was enough for me. I also checked in the day before the procedure for the pre-op physical and barium swallow
7. Did you have trouble with the language barrier or could they speak english as well?
- yes a little, but they can speak English pretty well
8 I wish the US did this procedure but I'm banking on the fact that maybe Italy might be the place to get it done.
- yes Italy has done the most installs. I was the 86th
9. Also, how was the pain level post operative and did you need to do any prep before the surgery.
- besides coming in a day before having not eaten for 12 hours there was no prep. Just out of surgery my throat hurt from the scope, my stomach hurt from the incisions, and my left shoulder was killing me from the CO2 they pump into your body as part of Laparoscopic surgery. By the end of the day my throat was fine. My shoulder and stomach were tolerable without pain killers by day 2 after surgery. As other posters of laproscopic surgery (Nissen or ) on this forum have said, the shoulder was the most painful part.
Post Edited (edopter) : 12/6/2011 9:18:50 AM (GMT-7)