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Life is Good to me
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   Posted 3/8/2013 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
1st day after surgery went well. Got to leave the hospital around 5pm. Was sent home w/breathing apparatus, liquid loratab & liquid colace. A little sore but not bad & having a little difficult swallowing,but I know that will get better.. Did let myself get a little too tired - wont let that happen again. Best part - no heart urn, no burning throat, & no PPI'S. yea!
Josie
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stucowley
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   Posted 3/8/2013 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
glad it went ok,

how are you feeling in yourself?

dunno if you seen my post but my operation has been delayed a week !

Life is Good to me
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   Posted 3/9/2013 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear your surgery was delayed. I postponed mine for a month because I wasn't "mentally ready". Wished I would've just had it done when it was first scheduled. I am actually feeling good. Sore from the incisions but not bad. Started eating soft foods yesterday (day 2 post op) had some rice pudding. This morning I had part of a poached egg. I feel so much better than before surgery. Good luck with your surgery!
Josie
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stucowley
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   Posted 3/10/2013 12:26 PM (GMT -6)   
im starting to have second thoughts myself, but i know it needs doing.

have you managed to come off PPI's?

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   Posted 3/10/2013 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Yehaa,  no heartburn, no burning throat and no PPIs for you.  Life is truly good.
 
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Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/24/2013 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jose,

Can you tell me how you felt when you woke up from surgery? I'm considering surgery but am very scared.

Thanks!

Life is Good to me
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   Posted 3/25/2013 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Teeth cleaner,

The first thing I remember when I woke completely up was immediately noticing that I had no burning in my throat or chest & no heartburn pain under my sternum & no nausea at all. My throat was a little sore from the tube down it during surgery. The pain from surgery wasn't near as bad as I had thought it might be. I slept most of the day of surgery & was up walking around the hospital the 2nd day. Went home the evening of the 2nd day. I am now 19 days post op & went back to my teaching job today. Everyone remarked about how much better I looked than before surgery. Before surgery I was in constant pain & now I feel so much better it is hard to believe. I am so glad that I had this surgery done - it has been wonderful for me & no big issues after surgery.

I wish you the best & hopefully you will experience as great of a result as I have had.
Josie
NF on 3/06/13

Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/26/2013 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jose,

Thanks for responding to my post about how you felt when you woke up from surgery. I'm tryig to gather as much info as possible to get my courage to go through with this surgery. I'm very, very scared about feeling even more nauseated and having excessive gas and pain when I wake up. I have a lot of nausea and bloated feelings already and really don't know what I'm getting myself into!!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/26/2013 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
T c

If you are having a lot nausea now from the GERD the wrap should help with that. Do you have heartburn also?

Take care,
Bill
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Life is Good to me
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   Posted 3/26/2013 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had no nausea since the surgery & I had it constantly for months before the surgery. My doctor told me that I possibly could have extra gas, but for some reasoning haven't had that which I am thankful for. I was scared before surgery too, but am very happy with the results of it. I didn't even realize how terrible I felt until after I had the surgery & felt sooo much better - like my old self.

Hang in there. Hope it all works out for you.
Josie
NF on 3/06/13

Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/27/2013 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Josie! I pray for your continued healing! BTW can you burp
now and are you having any swallowing problems at all now? Before your surgery did you do a lot of research to find a good Surgeon!
Do you know how many Nissens he has done? I read so many
post that say that most of these surgeries turn out ok as long as your
your surgeon has performed many!! :-) Wendy

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   Posted 3/27/2013 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Wendy,
Actually, I can burp & could burp the day after surgery. After surgery you do have to take small bites & chew very well & eat slowly. The only issue I have had eating was if I wasn't paying attention & started eating too fast, then I would feel some pain. When that happened, I stopped eating for a few minutes & let it subside - then I was ok. The only weird thing I have experienced so far is that I can't drink anything cold without feeling like my wrap spasms.. So I just make sure everything is lukewarm or warm & it feels fine. As for my surgeon, I was seeing a GI specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. He referred me to a Mayo surgeon who does these a lot. I didn't find out the number that she had done before mine, bit I researched her & liked whati found. She was an excellent surgeon who put me at ease & explained everything. I felt very confident in her & she did a great job. -- josie
Josie
NF on 3/06/13

Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/28/2013 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jose for all the helpful information! I wish I could be less anxious about all this but it is major surgery to the stomach that should be taken seriously. You have been so helpful! I have an appointment with a surgeon in Macon Georgia on Tuesday to discuss all this. He will also do an EGD. Hopefully my mind will be put at ease when all that is over with and I consult with him. I have to travel 4 hours to see him from Alabama but it's worth it because he does this surgery all the time. Actually I think his specialty is the Hill procedure for reflux.

Life is Good to me
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   Posted 3/28/2013 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
TC - I wish you the best. Keep me posted. Good luck.

Josie
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Tired of Suffering
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   Posted 3/29/2013 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys!! I am new to the site and in preparation for the Nissen.

Teeth Cleaner- I saw where you are coming to see a doctor in Macon Ga. Ironic because I currently live in Macon and my doctor is referring me to a GI in Florida. Who are seeing?

Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/29/2013 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Tired of Suffering,

My ENT in Birmingham mentioned a Surgeon in Ga. that did reflux surgeries all the time. I did some research and found Dr. Bagnato at Palmyra Surgical- Georgia Reflux Surgery. I'm going Tuesday to see him. There is another member on this forum that has also seen him and had good results. From what I have learned, he does the Hill procedure for reflux (not a full wrap) due to there being less side affects. It does surprise me though that your doctor there did not mention Dr. Bagnato. I would definitely check with your doctor and ask about him before traveling all the way to Florida. Let me know what you find out....and by all means if you find out ANYTHING negative, PLEASE let me know!!!!!! I'm traveling 4 hours to see this Dr.!

dencha
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   Posted 3/29/2013 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tired of Suffering,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Glad you've joined us.  Like you, I found this forum shortly before I'd made the decision to go forward with my surgery.  Here's a link to my recovery journal, in case you haven't seen it.  It might provide some information you could use as you consider surgery yourself:
 
Good luck with your search for answers!  We're here to answer any questions you might have.  If you haven't started your own thread on the main page, please do.  Just introduce yourself and ask any questions that come to mind.  It'll be easier for other members to find you and provide support and information.
 
Hi Teeth cleaner,
Good luck with your appointment!  Joy (couchtater) always speaks very highly of Dr. Bagnato, and he did a great job for her.
 
Best wishes to you both,
Denise
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Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/29/2013 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise!

Thanks for the good luck wishes. I guess you have probably read how anxious I am about all this. I have been speaking with Joy and she has been so gracious to share her experiences with me. I have a unique situation though. It's been tough for my Docs to understand what's going on with me and none of them agree on treatment! I just found out this week I have a mild lung condition that may or may not be caused by reflux and may or may not be irritated by reflux! How's that for confusion. Good grief! I hope Dr. Bagnato can bring some new insight on all this. If not surgery... at least maybe he can tell me who to see next! I really appreciate this forum and all the caring people here. We are all in a similar boat with each other and it really helps to have such wonderful support!

Wendy

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   Posted 3/29/2013 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wendy,
Good luck figuring it all out.  I found it difficult to get my GI doc onboard with surgery, even though my PCP and asthma docs were tearing their hair out, trying to keep me breathing.  My reflux levels were never high, and the GI doc, I'm sure, thought that the lung issues were unrelated. 
 
My asthma doc, on the other hand, said that GI docs don't understand that a very small amount of reflux can create havoc with the lungs.  He said the GI docs are more concerned with reflux amounts that are large enough to create problems for the esophagus.  It takes a lot more reflux to do that.
 
Finally, after about 5 or 6 years of going around and around on the topic, accompanied by multiple notes from my asthma doc and PCP, (as well as testing done by a surgeon my PCP sent me to because he gave up on my GI doc) my GI doc said that "probably a couple good reflux episodes in a day could be enough to cause problems with my lungs..."  Really?  No kidding.
 
Anyway, back to you.  Good luck finding out what is going on with your lungs and reflux. 
Best wishes!
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/29/2013 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise,

Thats me totally! My acid reflux levels are very low. I just show a few non-acid reflux events that correlate with symptoms. My biggest problems are LPR & chronic burping, one test showed 400 burps in 24 hours! Personally, I think the burping is anxiety related. Another ironic thing about me is the discrepancies with my LES pressure. So much confusion. Some of my Docs have warned me of the fundo telling me it will be a mistake due to it causing extreme gas bloat. Now you know why I'm so anxious! I just don't know. Again, I'm hopeful that Bagnato can give me some good advice but not overly so. My issues tend to be hard to figure out! shakehead

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   Posted 3/29/2013 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 15 days post op and my symptoms were very similar to yours. I had acid reflux off and on for 40+ years and a diagnosed hiatal hernia. A little over two years ago, I had a stricture of the esophagus and it was dilated. At the same time I went on Nexium. The acid stopped but the reflux continued. A few months later I had an abcess of the lung which took several months of strong antibiotics to whip. The doctor said that an abcess of the lungs is normally associated with alcoholics because they aspirate vomit in their sleep. However I don't drink. The gastroenterologists have attributed the lung problems to aspiration of reflux. The hernia increased in size until I developed swallowing difficulties. I had constant non-acid reflux and was always on the verge of regurgitating. Finally on the 13th of march 2013 I had the hernia repair and NF. I call mine a geriatric wrap--floppy and loose. The Surgery was 3 hours with a two day hospital stay and so far recovery has far surpassed my expectations. I have had almost no pain and so far physical healing has been routine. I have had no bloating and have been able to occasionally burp.

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   Posted 3/29/2013 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Retired Seabee,
For many of us, surgery is not an automatic option.  The evidence can be inconclusive, and it takes time to get all our medical practitioners in agreement.  Glad to hear you're responding so well to your surgery and recovery!
 
Wendy,
I hope you get the answers you need, and can get to the bottom of your problem.  As I said to Retired Seabee, while some have GERD and there's no doubt that a Nissen is the answer, some of us don't have symptoms that are quite so clear-cut.  I wish you well in your search for answers!
 
Take care,
Denise
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 3/29/2013 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise!

Retired Seabee
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   Posted 3/30/2013 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
idea  Sorry Denise if I sounded like I was bragging about my progress--you are one of my NF heros.  What I was trying to point out was that I had one symptom after the other but never at the same time.  Acid ruflux, then stricture, then respiratory problems, then silent reflux, etc.  When surgery was originally recommended by the Radiologist due to the increased size of the hernia, I was told that it would be elective surgery.  By the time that all the additional tests were performed and surgery was actually scheduled, my condition deteriorated to the point that the surgery was mandatory if I wanted to keep my entitlement to military health care facilities.  
As a retired military we are given two documents when we are pre-admitted to the hospital.  One is Patients Rights and the other is Patient Responsibilities.  Both clearly state that if we refuse recommended treatment we then can be denied future treatment for anything. 
If you could review all of my posts from the first day of my membership, I originally asked advice about whether I should have the surgery.  As weeks passed they became increasingly about what to expect when I had the surgery. This forum has been a gold mine of information and it prepared me for both the good and bad that could happen.

dencha
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   Posted 3/30/2013 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Retired Seabee,
Absolutely no offense taken! I was just pointing out that with some of us (you included) it's not a clear-cut decision.  GI docs often drag their feet on this surgery unless somebody has severe, severe GERD with very high DeMeester (pH monitor) scores.  People who are having lung involvement often have lower scores but dangerous conditions that don't fit the mold.
 
I'm really glad that you had doctors who understood the necessity of the surgery.  I wish mine had, as I have some permanent damage as a result of waiting too long for the surgery.  Another member who no longer posts here, actually developed COPD as doctors muddled around, dragging their feet.
 
Glad you've joined the forum, RS!
Happy healing,
Denise 
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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