How can you check the tightness of your wrap or if it is working properly?

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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 3/9/2012 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys.

Alcie
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   Posted 3/9/2012 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
If you don't get heartburn your wrap is probably working.

bowecho
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   Posted 3/9/2012 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe either an endoscopy or barium swallow can determine if the wrap is working properly.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 3/9/2012 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys.

I feel the wrap working at times. I will get some trapped gas time to time. I never really had heartburn although my PH Bravo Test showed I did. It's just this burning sensation I get in my throat and mouth....

Thanks for the info guys. I will see what my surgeon says.

dencha
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   Posted 3/9/2012 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Max,
Was there ever any thought that your mouth and lip issue was not GERD related?  If your doctors were confident that you would be helped by the surgery, then just realize that the recovery takes time.  You've had the surgery, and now it's just a waiting game.
 
When my asthma doc wanted my wrap checked he sent me first to an ENT to scope my vocal chords, then to a surgeon for the complete battery of tests.  This was at 2 years post-op.  I don't think they'll do much more than a barium swallow or maybe at most a 24hr PH monitor, but honestly, I'd be surprised if they didn't just tell you to give the healing more time.
 
It gets better,
Denise
“Always say “yes” to the present moment. What could be more futile, more insane, than to create inner resistance to what already is? what could be more insane than to oppose life itself, which is now and always now? Surrender to what is. Say “yes” to life — and see how life suddenly starts working for you rather than against you.”
Eckhart Tolle

elsiem
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   Posted 3/9/2012 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Max

Im replying to a question you had on another thread about the time limit for healing from the nissen surgery.

I believe that healing is an individual thing & you cannot put a time limit on it because everyone heals differently. My surgeon told me that at 6 months your insides are 40-60% healed, that it can take 12-18 months to be considered completely healed & even then things may never return to what was once considered normal.

The damage caused by GERD did not happen overnight (I think it is Denise who has mentioned that several times on this forum) so it is unrealistic to expect to be healed immediately. Believe me this recovery is no quick fix, it takes time & no I dont think your expectations are too high, I think you just need to be a little more patient & allow your body the time it needs to heal completely. It may not happen this week or next or even next month but it will happen.

Relax, stay positive & go with the flow because you still have lots of healing to do & letting the 'what ifs' drag you down will only make that healing harder. Remember you are also a success story.

Take care

Lynda

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 3/10/2012 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
wow your surgeon aid 6 months for 40%.....

nice words lynda and everyone else.

Thanks
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