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baby-elephant
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   Posted 4/25/2012 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi!
 
I had a Nissen procedure done in 1980 the "long" version. Included was a Cholesistectomy and Vagotomy.
After 8 days in the small hospital, I was discharged on a soft diet and anti-nausea tablets. A week later, I was laying in the sun on the beach, enjoying a normal diet.
 
I am surprised that everybody remained on soft diets for a longer period. I had painful spasms at times, and vomiting, but took it for granted!!
 
 Ten years after the procedure, I started road running  - half marathons and 50kms. Can you believe that the wrap lasted 32 years?
Unfortunately I have to go for another Nissen on 28th May 2012. The stitches started coming loose. They are going to undo the remaining stitches, "clean it up" and redo the Nissen.
The only problem is, this time I am scared!
 
Thank you for the notes on HealingWell.com by other patients. I found it very interesting. I am not sure if they are going to do this repeat operation by laparotomy.
What I would like to know is, if I get discharged after three days, will I be up to it to travel home 500kms away?
I am very healthy and quite fit, but I am 59!! Weight 63kg.
 
Baby elephant

stkitt
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   Posted 4/25/2012 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Baby elephant,
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Thank you for sharing your success story and wow - 32 years - that is truly good to read that you have gone so long and done so well. 
 
I know the members looking into surgery will be thrilled to read of your success.  If your surgeon feels it is safe for you to travel 500kms = 310 miles and you have a Dr. to follow up with near your home I would think it is ok.  I am assuming you are traveling via car. 
 
Let us know how the surgery goes and remember we are always here to support you.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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dencha
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   Posted 4/25/2012 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi baby-elephant,
I'd like to add my welcome to Kitt's!  Glad you've joined us!  I think that worrying about an open procedure during a redo is something we all do.  One of our moderators, Bill, had an open redo, and found it not any more difficult to recover from than his lap procedures.  I do know you'll be in the hospital longer for an open procedure.
 
I'm sure in 32 years you've likely forgotten what the recovery was really like.  Here's the link to my early recovery journal, in case you haven't see it in your travels around the forum:
 
The fact that your wrap has lasted so long is very heartening to members here, I'm sure.  There really isn't much data on how long they're likely to last, and we're always looking for anwers to that question.  It's wonderful news, although sorry you're having to get it fixed now.
 
I was 57 when I had the surgery, and that was 3 years ago.  There are people here who are than you, and have done just fine with the surgery.  I don't think you need to worry about that at all.
 
As Kitt said, your surgeon is the one to clear you for travel.  I can tell you this.  Many who've posted here have gone far away to centers to have their Nissens done, and have traveled home without incident.
 
Good luck with your surgery!
Again, glad you've joined us.
Best wishes,
Denise

Post Edited (dencha) : 4/25/2012 2:05:26 PM (GMT-6)


MultiFundo
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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 5/3/2012 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was born in 1980 and have already had 2 fundos. It is encouraging to know that I might be able to get another lifetime's worth of relief from my next one.

For my last surgery, I traveled across the country to visit a specific surgeon. He would not clear me to travel home until at least 2 weeks after surgery. I would not plan to go home so quickly... It is scary and expensive to travel for surgery, but think about how much scarier it would be to be hundreds of miles away and need your doctor.

Marcello
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Date Joined Feb 2012
Total Posts : 75
   Posted 5/3/2012 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
baby-elephant said...
Hi!



I had a Nissen procedure done in 1980 the "long" version. Included was a Cholesistectomy and Vagotomy.

After 8 days in the small hospital, I was discharged on a soft diet and anti-nausea tablets. A week later, I was laying in the sun on the beach, enjoying a normal diet.



I am surprised that everybody remained on soft diets for a longer period. I had painful spasms at times, and vomiting, but took it for granted!!



Ten years after the procedure, I started road running - half marathons and 50kms. Can you believe that the wrap lasted 32 years?

Unfortunately I have to go for another Nissen on 28th May 2012. The stitches started coming loose. They are going to undo the remaining stitches, "clean it up" and redo the Nissen.

The only problem is, this time I am scared!



Thank you for the notes on HealingWell.com by other patients. I found it very interesting. I am not sure if they are going to do this repeat operation by laparotomy.

What I would like to know is, if I get discharged after three days, will I be up to it to travel home 500kms away?

I am very healthy and quite fit, but I am 59!! Weight 63kg.



Baby elephant

I hope it goes ok Baby elephant, I just have one question: How do they know the stitches are coming loose? Did they do an exploratory laparoscopy or could they identify the looseness of the stitches on gastroscopy/other means?

Obsidian99
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Date Joined Mar 2012
Total Posts : 18
   Posted 5/3/2012 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I would reiterate that travel in and of itself should not cause you problems; however, I would also caution:

- Don't travel by air. Pressure changes in airplanes will cause you a lot of pain. Gas will expand in your stomach, and it will not come out by burping 3 days post-surgery. I waited 10 days, and then I did fly home, and even after 10 days, I was miserable. (Not just from flying, but because you cannot take liquids with you when you pass-through airport security, so you may find that being in the airport is a problem. Flight delays are an issue, and you will have basically no edible food on the plane. I was delayed 10 hours, so that was a disaster, but even without the delay, the flight itself was a test of my willpower as the gasses formed in my stomach created bloating that was very painful and uncomfortable).

- Don't drive yourself. Travel by car so soon after surgery is dangerous. You will not have your full motor faculties, and you may tire very easily.

- Take breaks along the way as you are being driven. Sitting still too long so soon after surgery can result in complications. You want to stretch your legs and walk a little every hour or so (your doctor can give you more info on this).

- You will need to be exercising your lungs. Your doctor will give you a breathing exerciser. Probably by 3 days, you'll be fine, but you might want to bring it with you to ensure that you are breathing well while you are forced to sit.

Just my thoughts based on my experience. Your doctor will be able to help out more than I have I'm sure...

Best!!!
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