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   Posted 3/26/2013 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my NF 13 days ago at an Air Force Hospital. Everything from pre-surgical testing to post surgical care was done by their regulations. The surgical facility was brand new--post Katrina construction. The entire staff from the surgeon to the nurses and technicians were dedicated professionals. I cannot complain about a single thing. While it might be necessary to be very selective about who or where you choose to have you surgery done, thus far I don't see how mine could have been any better. In time my experience may backfire but from the time of surgery, I haven't had a bad moment. Some aches from the left port where most of the work was done and some shoulder pain from the gas but otherwise it was first rate work.
A big plus was that I had the benefit of this forum with it's database of information and the responses of the moderators and members to prepare me for what to expect. Today is my first followup appointment and I hope to get to go on a soft food diet.

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   Posted 3/26/2013 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
R S

You now I had heard bad things about the VA hospitals before, but so far my experience has been spot on to yours. I go to the Iowa City VA and have been treated as well or better than the other hospitals around here. I think some of my experience is that the University of Iowa hospital is very near by and the doctors go back and forth.

Good luck with the follow up today. I am stuck in the hospital until at least tomorrow, but for my wife's surgery not mine this time.

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

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   Posted 3/26/2013 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Just got back from my post op appointment and am even cleared to start back playing tennis when I feel up to it. The doctor told me I could liberalize my diet with soft foods, etc. I feel almost human again.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/26/2013 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
That's great news! Go slow though and if you have any setbacks just back up your diet a bit for a few days then try again.

Take care,
Bill
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stkitt
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   Posted 3/27/2013 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Good Morning and thank you for posting your positive experience.  I am thrilled to read how well you are doing.  enjoy yourself on the tennis court but remember to listen to your body and when it feels enough is enough then rest my friend.
 
Kudos to you,
Kitt
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