3 months post heller myotomy and toupet fundiplication

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
31 posts in this thread.
Viewing Page :
 1  2 
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Jim Bennett
New Member


Date Joined Oct 2016
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 5/30/2017 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Just to be clear, my recovery was shorter, much shorter than six months. I started solid food about 4 weeks after the surgery. I went for a two mile hike the day after surgery and I started bowling 5 weeks after surgery. I was almost completely back to normal in 10 weeks. The walking is a very important part of the recovery. It helps alleviate the gas. Again, good luck.

Reed2
New Member


Date Joined Sep 2017
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 9/30/2017 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Jim:

I am about to have the exact same surgery. I am a 60 yr old male also with diabetes.

How are you doing?

Reed

Jim Bennett
New Member


Date Joined Oct 2016
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 9/30/2017 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Reed,
I'm coming up on a year post-op and I've made an almost complete recovery. (back to where I was before I got sick) The only problem that I have is that if I eat immediately before bedtime I will still occasionally regurgitate a small amount of stomach contents. It was easy to fix. I don't eat any solid food after 9PM, problem solved. Other than that I'm doing great and I can eat anything I want.
I was sick with Achalasia for a while before it was diagnosed. I saw four different Doctors before I found one smart enough to figure it out. I thought I was finished. I was so uncomfortable that I was looking forward to the end. The surgery gave me a whole new outlook on life and I now enjoy and look forward to every new day.
The only caution I would give you is to keep a close eye on the pain meds they offer you. They wanted to give me a Fentanyl drip the first night. That's nasty addictive stuff and I wasn't in that much pain. I opted for tylenol and I was fine. If you can do it without the heavy pain meds you'll be better off.
Good luck in your surgery. Do everything they tell you to do and your recovery will be over before you know it.
Jim

flintmode
New Member


Date Joined Aug 2017
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 11/9/2017 7:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I see some recent action on this topic and it's helped me from an information standpoint. Info in this topic seems hard to find and is usually pretty dated.

I'm a 34 yr old male. I've had issue with throat clearing, things sticking in my throat/esophagus, and phlegm since I was 17 or 18, but I've always managed until recently. Since May of 2017, I've been unable to swallow most things. I've been out of work since June and living off of mashed potatos, canned hash and fruit smoothies. Even those things make it feel like I have a wall in the bottom of my throat after eating. From the moment I wake up, even before trying to eat, I feel like I have a lump or build up where my throat meets my chest. Sometimes I'm able to work up thick phlegm and get some short-lived relief. Most of the time, I have no success.

It took several months of of things that didn't work, such as working with a Speech Pathologist, taking PPis, having swallow tests and seeing different specialists (neurologist, ENT, GI), even physical therapy, before finally landing at a thoracic surgeon's office. They worked quickly with an array of tests (manometry, bravo, endoscopy) and determined that I don't have achalasia, but am on the verge. My muscles aren't working properly and the timing is off.

Within three weeks of first seeing the thoracic team, my doctor (Rochester NY) has suggested the larascopic Heller myotomy and want to get me in on November 20th. I have my reservations, but some of this has made me feel better. I'm going to make that call today. I can't stand feeling this way anymore.

Thanks for the encouraging information. And I hope all is well for you all.

Jim Bennett
New Member


Date Joined Oct 2016
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 11/9/2017 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck Flintmode. There will be a lot of people pulling for you. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Let us know how you make out.
Jim-B

flintmode
New Member


Date Joined Aug 2017
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 11/9/2017 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I appreciate It, Jim. I hope to have the success that many of you have had.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
31 posts in this thread.
Viewing Page :
 1  2 
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, November 23, 2017 5:24 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,897,280 posts in 317,993 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 157565 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, e2w3e.
292 Guest(s), 4 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
PeppermintTea, Yellow1955, Cyclone-ISU, Lanie G


About Us | Advertise | Donate
Newsletter | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer
Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
©1996-2017 HealingWell.com LLC  All Rights Reserved.