I'm a reader much more than a poster, however, I wanted to share my experience since reading other's experiences helped me get through this. I had the Esophyx TIF and a hiatal hernia repair 3 days ago.
I have silent heartburn for the most part, and was diagnosed following an EGD in prep for weight loss surgery. The weight loss surgery I want has a high incidence of GERD post-op, and my surgeon thought I would be very dissatisified if I didn't attempt to go pro-active prior to the procedure. EGD pictures weren't pretty, and I did get second opinions from several GI nurses I work with.
So here I am. I will say the materials from EndogastricSolutions and the talk from my surgeon almost made this sound as though it would be a walk in the park. I'm here to say, "Not quite!"
Waking up I had nausea, and was released the same evening of surgery with a promethazine prescription. Pain that day wasn't too bad, and I was told to simply take Tramadol, a medication I've already been prescribed for arthritis (aspirin controls the arthritis pain but it damaged my stomach lining so I was switched to the Tramadol). It really didn't cut the pain, so my surgeon called in Lortab elixar. I've been fine with it, except for the occasional esophageal/stomach/intestinal cramp. Like others have said, it lasts a few seconds, then is gone. It just seems to happen more often than I'd like!!! Coughing hurts some, as does deep breathing I occasionally try to do. I also have had a very sore throat, but it's better today. I expect it will be gone in a day or two.
I keep well hydrated with water and apple juice. The first full day I stuck with broth, yogurt, and juice. The second day I flurried together chicken broth, Campbell's chicken noodle soup, and a cracker. I made it extremely thin, but it satisfied better than broth alone. Since then I've had a few spoons of mushed cottage cheese and creamed baby food. I tried thinning mashed potatoes with runny gravy, but found that's a no go. Rereading my materials, I saw mashed potatoes aren't on the list for a couple of weeks yet, and I'm adhering to that now!
There is NO WAY I could've returned to work the following day. Even if I hadn't been having pain/cramps, the general anesthesia hadn't completely worn off. If someone can go back to work the day after having this done, they must be made of steel. I had my TIF done Thursday and will return to work tomorrow (Monday). And I doubt I'll stick out 8 hours, at that. The pamphlet says return to work in 1-4 days... 4 maybe, I think saying the next day is really, really stretching it.
Still kind of creeps me out thinking I have little pastic do-hickies holding my stomach to my diaphragm and esophagus. I hope I can have a scope in about a year and see what things look like.
Thanks to other's who've posted their experiences. It's helped me tremendously since the 'real world' experience vs. surgeon and company information differ a bit on what to expect.
Oh yeah... I also have a pretty little fat lip where the tools apparently bumped my lip between it and my teeth going in. Guess my surgeon doesn't always have delicate hands!!! Pretty minor in the scheme of things.
Have a great day!
Post Edited (Splash) : 7/1/2012 6:37:43 PM (GMT-6)