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   Posted 10/23/2013 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
People where telling me to research as much as I can about the nissen fundoplication surgery, as though I could do it my self before I went in and had it done.

I tried to watch on of the videos and I near fainted! This is not working out. Maybe ignorance is bliss. Its not knowing what they are going to do, but watching the robotic arms do it?

No way. I have trouble when someone puts an IV in my arm or my hand. Someones gonna need to put me under quick. They do put you under before you get to the operating room, right?

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   Posted 10/23/2013 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Diaas,
Before you go into the OR, they give you a med to relax you.  You're awake until they actually put you out, which is after they get you positioned on the table.  The relaxation med really makes it so you don't really care.  If you're fearful, tell the anesthesiologist (whom you'll meet before surgery) that you'd like a little extra.
Not to worry!  I never watched an actual video of the procedure before having it done.  I couldn't!  I did watch an animated one, which was very easy to handle.  Do your research here on the forum...that way you can find out what you need to know without passing out!
Best wishes,
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   Posted 10/23/2013 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise! That's exactly what I'm going to ask. For more of that relaxation med.
Fortunately this forum is a good place to learn. I'm still trying to figure out what recovery is going to be like, and how soon I'll feel like normal again. I hear a lot that it takes six months for general recovery and a year for the rest. I want to put that into a much greater perspective!

And by feeling normal again I'm not referring to (big) physical activity, but going out and being able to eat at a sit down restaurant again. Well maybe a question on physical activity. How long until you can go swim laps at a swimming pool. Now on the other side of the spectrum, how long until you have no pain at all anymore. I wonder what all the "milestones of improvement" people who've had this nissen can describe, such as activities you find you can't do, but then you are slowly finding you can do again.

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   Posted 10/23/2013 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
This is really silly, but the drugs work to relax you.
For example. I was crying and panicky for weeks before my surgery. I was loosing it!
but this was me just before they took me to the OR.
if this doesnt tell you good things I dont know what would! I was feeling fab

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   Posted 10/23/2013 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Lol I can see those meds were working on you! I want some of THAT stuff..
They put a hair thing on you too! :D

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   Posted 10/24/2013 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   

If they give you versed while in preop, you won't worry about a thing because you won't remember much at all. I only had versed once in preop and barely remember them telling me I was going to the OR and getting on the table. Everything else I don't remember.

I actually was kind of mad they gave that to me in preop. I a strange one and want to know everything they are doing before going to sleep. If you let the nurse know you are nervous they will fix you up.

Take care,
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   Posted 10/24/2013 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I see, its a sedative. I like that. I'll need a lot of it.
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