wondering how Bureaucrat is doing now, a year or so after his surgery. does anyone know?
I'm very sorry for being so delinquent in not giving an update. It has been over a year, and I am really doing fantastic!! No heartburn, no issues with mucous after eating. I eat pretty much whatever I want to! I have noticed that I cannot eat large meals or drink too much beer without getting bloated which is actually a healthy thing. I shouldn't be stuffing myself and eating fast like I used to. I've been off PPIs since the surgery which I'm grateful for having developed oste
openia which was probably the result of taking those pills. I've been exercising and doing the Dukan diet and lost 12 pounds which places me right at my proper BMI for my height. Life is good!!
Maybe too much information here but I was worried before having the surgery about
increased flatulence and that has increased somewhat but it is not like I'm expelling all the time and being offensive.
Just a little more gas after I eat a larger meal. Dr. Aye made the sphincter of my lower esophagus fairly tight so it is rare for me to belch which my spouse probably likes.
the pain. It probably varies by individual but in my case , I had very little pain in the hospital (I was well medicated) and I didn't use oxycodone. They gave me a huge bottle of it which I ended up throwing away. I was pretty weak for about
7 days after the surgery, and did quite a bit of walking to gain my strength back. But honestly, the whole experience was not as difficult as I thought it might be. For what I gained in quality-of-life, any discomfort that I had was short-lived and worth going through.
So in summary, the surgery has improved my life considerably and would encourage anyone to explore the Hill Repair option. Dr. Aye is great! Not only as as a surgeon/clinician but a good egg too. If I were to need any thoracic surgery and was able to, I would fly to Seattle again to see Dr. Aye in a heartbeat
AriJIN - good luck with your surgery in July!!