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ladyinred
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   Posted 11/10/2012 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi.......I found out that my surgery is now set for Nov. 27th and it will not be laprocopic.  I also learned that my pulmonary test showed I have COPD - never smoked, but it still got me, I guess.  They also say that my stomach is pushed behind up my heart and pressing my lungs so hopefully that is all it is.  I've got enough health issues....it can stop now.
 
Most of the posts have been about laprocopic surgery - anyone got anything to share on this?  I'd appreciate any insight. 
 
 Thanks!  :-)

Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiertal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

couchtater
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   Posted 11/10/2012 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery was laproscopic about three years ago.

One of our moderators-Bill had the open method...
I believe He said there wasn't much difference just bigger cut and a little longer stay.

Make sure you have someone to help out during the recovery time and a nice comfy resting place. I spent about a week sleeping in the recliner because it was more comfy than the bed at first.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

ladyinred
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   Posted 11/10/2012 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy....luckily it is just my husband and myself at home so I should be fine. I've already finished shopping and wrapping so I can just concentrate on healing. I'll try to find some of Bill's posts.

I had figured my recliner would be my bed. I admit I'm nervous about the swelling and eating/drinking but plan to take it real slow and easy.
Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiertal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

couchtater
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   Posted 11/10/2012 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
The worse of the swelling will be around day 14. Just wear sweats until it goes down.
I didn't rush my foods like some of the others did. My surgeon was very strict on the diet. liquids-4 weeks, soft foods-2 weeks, and gradually add firmer foods from there on.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

When life throws you lemons....
Pick them up and throw them right back at them! :))

ladyinred
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   Posted 11/10/2012 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate all feedback. I plan to buy some boost or ensure and I've stocked up on decade tea. I haven't been able to eat much for a year as I feel stuffed all the time and everything including water 'sticks' on the way down.

We plan to head to Florida as soon as I'm able after the surgery for the rest of the winter, (we drive from Maine).

I forgot to ask my surgeon yesterday the reasoning behind giving me an epidural as well as putting me out? Any idea?

Thanks!
Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiertal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/10/2012 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Sharon-

I had an open surgery for my last redo on 8/24/11. If I need any more redos I am asking for the open surgery. Sounds silly I know, but I didn't have to deal with the gas pains in my shoulders, didn't have as much issues with my bowels since there wasn't any gas pressure on them during the surgery. Other than a larger incision and the lack of those issues the recovery was the same. They gave me a wide stretchy belt to put around my stomach to help hold pressure and I believe that has something to do with making it easier to get around.
I did sleep in my recliner for all 3 nissens and after I got home fro my esophageal tear surgery.

Oh yeah, one other difference is a longer stay at the hospital, but that didn't bother me much as I was able to get quick meds if I had any pain.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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#3 on 8/24/11

IlliniFan
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   Posted 11/11/2012 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I am curious about sleeping in recliner. Because of pain? Or reflux? Lady, you will have your procedure one week before me. Good Luck!

ladyinred
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   Posted 11/11/2012 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I would imagine the recliner sleeping is for comfortableness - if that's a word. But, when I can't get comfy in bed I often move to the recliner.  I have a hard time sleeping well because of RA pain also.  I usually only sleep 4 to 5 hrs a night.
 
I am getting more nervous but anxious to have it over and behind me. 
 
Thanks Illinifan for the good wishes - same to you.
 
 
Sharon
RA, OA, Fibramilgia, scleritis, hiertal hernia, GERD, cardiomyopathy, sleep apnea

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/11/2012 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Sleeping in the recliner helps to ease some of the pains in the belly area from laying down. Usually in bed you have to sleep om your side some what. The recliner is much better and easier to get up from during the first couple weeks.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11
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