Problems with motility post fundoplication surgery

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lexilu
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   Posted 1/11/2012 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 7 months post surgery and had a barium swallow done and found out that I have a motlity problem, I was not able to do the motility test prior to the surgery and the Dr said it was not that important, my quetion is I did not have issue's prior to surgery that I am aware of so why now is it an issue. Have alot of problems with eating even if I chew chew chew. Look forward to any feed back.
Thanks,
susan

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   Posted 1/11/2012 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Susan-

Sorry to hear your surgeon has this opinion. I have to disagree with this surgeon though. This is a VERY important test to have before having surgery. It is what they use to determine what type of wrap, if any, can be used.
I have had 3 of these surgeries with 3 different surgeons and none would even think about surgery without this test.

Now you say the barium swallow showed a motility issue, is this slow to pass through the wrap or an issue higher up? This makes a difference because if it's just at the wrap it maybe just too tight. If it were me I would ask for a manometry to see what exactly is going on, but that's me.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11

lexilu
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   Posted 1/17/2012 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill,
No it is down the entire espohagus and then thru the wrap, I tried to have the manometry done  prior to surgery except it caused my vocal cords to spasm ( I have vocal cord dysfunction) and close off the airways, hence no test prior.
 
I have had 1 dilation allready and have been told that they won't do that again in fear of tearing the espohagus.
 
Susan

dencha
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   Posted 1/17/2012 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Susan,
I'm sorry that you're having trouble with swallowing.  I wonder if there is any alternative to the manometry for people with vocal chord dysfuntion. 
 
I hate to broach this subject, but since your problem is so extreme,  I wonder if you will have to get this wrap taken down and redone with a partial wrap.
 
In your situation, it seems it would be prudent to get a second opinion at a medical center where they see a lot of motility/wrap issues and will likely know what to do.
 
You can't go on the way you are, that's for sure.
Be sure to stick around the forum so we can give you lot of support and encouragement as you search for answers!
Very best wishes,
Denise

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   Posted 1/17/2012 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Susan-

As someone who just went through an esophageal tear. I am glad they are being cautious and not doing another dilation.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11
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