surgical clips after Nissen

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Tarachriso
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   Posted 5/28/2013 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   

So I had an X-ray the other day and it and it showed that there were 5 surgical clips in my abdomen. I was wondering if anyone else had something like this as well or is it just me?


dencha
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   Posted 5/28/2013 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tarachriso,
 
As far as I know I don't have them, but I did find this study conclusion that mentions them.  The way it's written, it sounds like the clips are placed at the wrap site with the sutures, so wouldn't be in the abdomen:
 
 
 I would not assume anything.  Have you called your surgeon to confirm that the clips should be there?  That's what I would recommend. 
 
Be sure to let us know what you find out.
Good luck!
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Alcie
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   Posted 5/28/2013 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, probably everyone who gets a wrap has clips. When they divide (cut) the blood vessels to the fundus of the stomach so they can use it to wrap around the esophagus they put clips on them. The blood vessels are too large to just cauterize. It's a normal thing for a surgeon to do, nothing unusual.

DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/29/2013 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
So the clips stay inside of you forever?

dencha
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   Posted 5/29/2013 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I would still like to hear what your surgeon has to say. turn
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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

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/29/2013 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I only have clips from my gallbladder removal. I have had several CTs and MRIs that show those.

Yep, they stay there forever.

Take care,
Bill
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luv2drive
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   Posted 6/5/2013 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
So, Bill, that was one of my next questions, as I do not know what my surgeon used, sutures or staples. If staples were used, I assume they are of a metal that is not affected by having a MRI? Linda

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   Posted 6/5/2013 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
luv2drive

The clips they use don't affect getting an MRI. I have had them since '04 with no problems.

Take care,
Bill
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luv2drive
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   Posted 6/6/2013 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill, that's one question I can scratch off my list when I next see my surgeon. Linda
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