A little help from the WRAP CLUB.

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davidk
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   Posted 2/18/2012 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I see my doctor on March 5th to discuss surgery. My wife and I go on vacation at the end of April. Should i wait till after vacation to have surgery or try and get it in before. I'm figuring either way i'm not going to be able to eat much. I eat very little as it is. I've lost 60lbs in the last 5 month due to my reflux,hernia and barretts.So give me your opinions. PLEASE!!.

Thanks

Dave

Alcie
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   Posted 2/18/2012 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome David, to the forum. Unless you are one of the lucky ones who have a short simple procedure planned, I'd wait until after vacation for the surgery.

My surgery was very long and complex because I had was a large paraesophageal hernia (large portion of my stomach stuck in my chest). I was in the hospital 4 days, on clear liquids until I went home, then "full" liquids (add milk) for another week or so before graduating up to soft diet. I went to a wedding on soft diet, but wouldn't have had much fun if it had been more that the weekend trip.

davidk
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   Posted 2/18/2012 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie. I posted a few weeks ago concerning my condition. I was diagnosed with a large hiatal hernia, severe gerd and low grade displaysia with Barretts( i think thats right). Right now i don't eat much at all. Bake chicken,fish certain lunch meat, some cereal. I probably wouldn't enjoy a vacation when i might be eating less than i do now, not to mention not being very active. We go to the North Carolina Smokie Mountains every year.

Alcie
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   Posted 2/18/2012 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
David -
Did they say if the hernia was paraesophageal? That means the stomach stays in the chest (beside the esophagus) all the time vs sliding, where the hernia goes up and then back down. Paraesophageal is dangerous because it can twist and become a serious emergency. That would be a reason not to wait.

Barretts is serious but I don't think a couple of weeks would make any difference. Do ask your doctor for real medical guidance!!!!! I'm just a patient like everyone else on the forum.

You might consider skipping the lunch meat. It can be contaminated easily and is certainly a source of sulfite, which is an increasingly common reflux trigger. I can't eat it at all. Bake the fist, don't fry it, especially no deep fried. Cereal often contains sulfites too. Maybe stick to oatmeal and cream of rice. You'll want the latter on hand for post-op anyway.

I found I didn't have the stomach heaving, which I call reflux, if I avoided my specific food triggers. I didn't need surgery untill I got the paraesophageal hernia.

davidk
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   Posted 2/18/2012 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again Alcie,
When i had my upper gi the physician said my stomach was up through my diaphragm. Nothing has been said if it was a sliding or paraesophageal hernia. As for the lunchmeat the only thing i eat is chicken on toast, any chicken or fish i eat is always baked, the only cereals i eat are rice chex and shredded wheat. Regardless of what i eat, nothing stays in my stomach very long, eventually some of it,if not most, comes right back up. I really appreciate all the advice i have received on here. I know that i'll have to do what ever my doctors says is best, i just want a rough idea of how to go about it. Not knowing the recovery time of these procedures makes it difficult to make simple decisions.

dencha
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   Posted 2/19/2012 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dave,
Welcome to Healing Well!  It's a hard call with your situation. You'll be just short of the 2 month mark, which is still very early in your recovery.  However, if you're seriously suffering now, it might not make that much difference.
 
Hopefully some newly wrapped friends will be by who can speak to how they're doing in the early stages.  It's been 3 years for me, and honestly, I can't remember my exact progress at that time.  If you're bad enough, you might find that you actually feel better with the surgery than without.
 
I can tell you that by the 4 month mark we went on vacation and I was eating anything I wanted.  You'll always want to chew your food thoroughly after you've been wrapped.  I still have to.  Also, if your stomach is reactive at all, you may still have triggers that bother you.  It's just that they'll stay in your stomach!
 
Good luck with your decision!  Glad you've joined us.
Best wishes,
Denise
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