Gerd Anti reflux surgery

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BCer
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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 5/1/2012 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
This morning I got the date for my surgery - May 15th!

Now that the date is final and the surgery is sooo soon shocked I really wonder if it is worth going through with it! Of course, I know that I have to but it won't be fun at all! I have not had all of the bad symptoms that so many of you have had. But, with Barret's Esophagus, the doctor said that I have no choice about needing surgery.

I thought that I would receive a phone call, and I did, but also appointments with a pre op nurse and an appointment with the anesthetist prior to surgery.

My husband is just 6 weeks into recovery from a badly broken ankle - and now he will need to take care of me in just a couple of weeks!

We will see how it goes!!!

Sandy

ChevyVan
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   Posted 5/2/2012 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with your surgery! I don't think you will be as immobile as your husband post-surgery. I was able to move and feed the cats and take care of myself the day after I got home.

"Taking care of you" involves watching what you eat and all that stuff.

I'm new here but from what I can see, everyone is here to support and encourage you!

BCer
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   Posted 5/2/2012 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply! It is reassuring to hear that you were up and functioning by the time you got home from hospital. I had posted a few questions in an earlier attempt to post on this board but I don't think they arrived here!

I am wondering when I will be able to resume caring for my two year old grand daughter i.e. changing diapers and lifting her (28 lbs). Any ideas?

By reading these boards I think I am up to date on diet restrictions and really appreciate having the boards here for reference!

Sandy

bhamboy
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   Posted 5/3/2012 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
id say 4-6 weeks before lifting anything heavier than 2 stone.
 
I nearly backed out the surgery i had several times but went through with it in the end. Whilst surgery may not be right option for everyone, i had the surgery and i am glad i did it. Currently in week 4 post-op.
 
You often hear a lot of horror stories but i believe people are more inclined to post their experiences and find support if they were bad, rather than having a "perfect" recovery.
 
Mines gone well and i did a diary on here anyway as it was my way of dealing with the difficult situation and getting out any frustrations i had etc.
 

BCer
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   Posted 5/3/2012 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I had already read part of your blog and have book marked it on my computer so I can go back to read it again after surgery. So much good information there!!

Sandy

BCer
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   Posted 5/3/2012 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
This afternoon I saw my family doctor to get refills on prescriptions and to let him know my surgery has been booked. He said that I will stay in hospital at least one night and maybe up to a week depending on what they find and how well my initial recovery goes. He said that the day after surgery, I will have a barium X ray to see how well food (ie barium) is going down. If I can eat what they give me without it feeling "stuck" or hurting when I swallow, then I can probably go home that afternoon. If any concerns, then I will need to stay in hospital for a couple more days. He doesn't yet know if I can quit taking Nexium after surgery. It will depend on how I feel and how my follow up with the surgeon goes. So far, everything sounds very reasonable.

Sandy

BCer
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   Posted 5/3/2012 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, my doctor said that I can resume baby sitting in 4 to 6 weeks.
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