Hi I'm new, just had Tif and I feel amazing

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schickling
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   Posted 1/14/2012 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok so had Tif 2 weeks ago and I feel amazing. I've been able to eat just about anything since day one of the surgery with almost no pain at all. I was on Omeprazole for 2 years prior to surgery had a drop, endoscopy, and can't remember name of procedure but had tube in stomach for 24hrs. This site is amazing and been so helpful.

PH Fan
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   Posted 1/14/2012 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thats great to here,just don't over do it too much,i'm contiplating the tif myself,I have my yearly check up with my gi doc in feb,need all the extra testing done first,and I acually live only 35 miles from the surgeon and I live in a small rural area in northwest ohio so I hope i'm a candidate for this procedure.

aciphexo
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   Posted 1/14/2012 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Schickling -

Great to hear about your successful TIF!

Can you tell us more about yourself ..
- what symptoms did you have? GERD or LPR (throat/mouth) as well - for how long?
- why did you decide to get TIF if the meds were working?
- where did you get the TIF done and whether your insurance covered it?

Thanks!

Panicky Survivor
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   Posted 1/14/2012 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I had BlueCroos/Blue Shield of Texas and they covered all but $3,000 of the $23,000 total. It ended up I was covered of 90% of the cost. Id really think it a rip if insurance didn't cover at least 75% of the cost.

schickling
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   Posted 1/14/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
- what symptoms did you have? GERD or LPR (throat/mouth) as well - for how long? Had both symptoms
- why did you decide to get TIF if the meds were working? Meds weren't enough anymore and Tif was more easy to overcome given that I have a5 yr old that I stay at home with and watch
- where did you get the TIF done and whether your insurance covered it? Santiam Memorial Hospital Dr Robery Mcgreevy did it and my insurance paid for part of it.
Was also on meds for 2 + yrs
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tiflady
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   Posted 1/15/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Shickling,

I recently had the TIF and a partial Nissen on 12/23. I am doing pretty well, although I've definitely had good and bad days post surgery. I have learned to go with the flow of healing, thanks in huge part to the people on this forum.

Keep us posted and yes, tell us more.

I decided to go with surgery because the Nexium twice a day and Sucralfate was causing vitamin absorption problems, and I was badly anemic. I had reflux and duodenal ulcers for past 20 years.

So far, I am glad I did the surgery, and feel hopeful for the future, again all because of this forum!

Hope to hear more of your story

JB

schickling
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   Posted 1/16/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to help just found out I have an ulcer in my left nostril from the surgery but should heel over time with a little medicine

Glass12
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   Posted 1/18/2012 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Tif lady
Can you tell me a little about your surgery? Didn't know you could do both.
Tif and partial nissen.

schickling
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   Posted 1/22/2012 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok so been noticing sharp pains on the sides of my stomach lately anybody have this post surgery and it appears to be gas I usually burp after it happens a few minutes later

efit
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   Posted 1/22/2012 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Schicking,

Great to hear you have had success with your recent TIF. This is the op I was initially considering when my GERD began 8.5 months ago. I am not a fan of being on meds for the rest of my life. I am only 30 and I also have young children (3 and 1) whom I stay home with. I want to live life and be active thus I was wondering if you are an exerciser? If so, what did your surgeon tell you regarding your recovery and when you could resume strenuous exercise? I also have GERD and LPR combined. Did your surgeon sound hopeful that this procedure would be the answer to both your GERD symptoms and your LPR symptoms?

Good luck in your recovery!

Liz

aciphexo
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   Posted 1/22/2012 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Schicking,
Hope you feel better. I'll be curious to know what your surgeon thinks about these sharp pains.

Liz,
Can you remind me if you are able to control your symptoms with the meds/lifestyle changes? Is that the reason you are not considering either a TIF or a Nissen at this time? What exactly are your GERD and LPR symptoms? Thanks.

schickling
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   Posted 1/23/2012 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes to exercising at 2 weeks post surgery and I see my surgeon Wednesday so hope he has an answer

tiflady
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   Posted 1/23/2012 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Glass 12,

Hello from CA!

I had both the TIF and a partial wrap on 12/23. Doctor said the TIF would pull the stomach back down out of the chest as well as solve the LES being too loose (or whatever the correct terminology is) and that the partial Nissen (surgeon had a name for this but I forget) would repair the hiatal hernia.

Before the surgery, the doctor thought he would only do the TIF, as the hernia wasn't too big. He had me sign a consent for the Nissen, in case the hernia turned out to be too large or not repairable just with the TIF.

I'm assuming both procedures work together and I sure hope I didn't get two of them just so doc could practice the TIF.....

Anyway, I'm on week four and feeling pretty good.

I'm trying to wean from Nexium and the backlash heartburn is tough. It does not feel like reflux up into my esophagus, just a burning in my stomach. I sure hope this passes! I did the surgery hoping to get off meds, which are causing absorption problems for me.

It has been sohelpful to read these posts from all of you who KNOW what it's like.

schickling
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   Posted 1/24/2012 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
So from conversation I had with my dr I'm thinking they do a wrap with the tif as well but not really sure

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 1/24/2012 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I saw the brochure for tif. The nissen is suppose to be for severe symptoms no?

schickling
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   Posted 1/25/2012 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
So saw my doc pain is gas no biggy and I am fully released to eat whatever at a month post op don't gotta see him for another 3 months

efit
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   Posted 1/26/2012 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Schickling,

So what did your surgeon say about lifting restrictions and / or your ability to engage in exercise? Can your run, jump, etc.??

Take care,

Liz

aciphexo
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   Posted 1/26/2012 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Liz,

I was told by the doctors and surgeons that with Nissen or TIF - the goal is to get back to being normal and that includes being able to eat without restrictions and being able to run, jog, play sports etc. - of course only after one has recovered - which is about 1 month after TIF and 3-4 months (or 6-12 months in some cases) after Nissen.

I am also very keen on getting back to my 3 mile runs I used to love - before all this started.

schickling
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   Posted 1/27/2012 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
2 weeks post tif I was able to do whatever, run or lift it didn't matter

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 1/27/2012 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Schickling,

Wow that's a speedy recovery. I hope my NF goes as well as yours. Congrats on the recover ;)

Virgogirl67
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   Posted 1/28/2012 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the Nissen Fundo 7 weeks ago.  Never heard of TIF, what is it?  If it involves the hiatal hernia repair, they did that along with my Nissen - just never heard the acronym TIF? 
 
I see my surgeon next week again.  This will be the 3rd appointment since my operation.  I can now eat anything, but I am having some break through reflux.  I had none the first 3 weeks, but have had some since.  Hoping she has some answers.  It would really stink to have to stay on nexium and also have to avoid the many foods that create my symptoms, it would make me wonder why I had the surgery?  I too hate taking meds and have been taking them for 13 years!!!!!  I suspect they are creating some of my other issues that seem unrelated, but probably are; anemia, asthma etc. 

schickling
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   Posted 1/28/2012 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok so can't drink carbonated stuff yet, was wondering if anybody had this problem post tif or nissen the first couple weeks after being released to eat whatever

Tandem Rider
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   Posted 1/28/2012 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I had stomach problems when I started eating and drinking after the special diet for my TIF. Soft drinks and beer burned my stomach so much that I could only take a few sips and throw the rest away. I had to slowly ease back into a normal diet over several weeks. My TIF diet included much more dairy than I had been consuming. I cut back on the dairy products and that helped my recovery. I must have some lactose intolerance. I also had an endoscopy 5 months after my TIF and I had two ulcers that were almost healed. I had 5 endoscopies before my TIF and nothing was ever said about ulcers so they must have been caused by the TIF surgery.

aciphexo
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   Posted 1/28/2012 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tandem Rider -

Were you taking any medications post TIF surgery? Why do you think TIF surgery resulted in the ulcers? Was it the instrument that may have scratched the lining and therefore caused it - or was it something else?

Thanks

bcfromfl
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   Posted 1/28/2012 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
There is nothing about the EsophyX device that can scratch things. If there were, there would be absolutely no way the manufacturer could get either the device, or the TIF procedure, approved by the FDA. The focus of the procedure is in the fundus and the LES, and not in the general stomach area.

Even if this remote possibility occurred, the lining of the stomach and esophagus quickly heal from such things. Biopsies are routine during EGDs, and this involves scouring/scooping out samples of tissue.

Ulcers and erosions occur from persistent action over the course of time, whether by infection, toxins (like alcohol), or acid.

-Bruce
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