Before you get a wrap

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SEW LADY
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   Posted 5/30/2014 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Before you undergo this surgery, do your research and find the expert in your area. This is a very delicate surgery and if the surgeon hasn't done a lot and doesn't have a lot of experience, you could suffer as a result. Besure to ask "How many of these procedures do you do a month". I drove 2 1/2 hours to go to the surgeon in FL that fixes the wraps done by "local" surgeons. It was worth all the trips for presurgery tests and follow-up visits. After reading the many posts of this forum, many wraps are done by surgeons without a lot of experience.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 5/30/2014 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello SEW LADY
How are you doing. Off medicine? Sleeping flat?
What can you eat now?
Heartburn? Nausea? Concerns?
I live in Florida also. Do you mind telling me the name of your surgeon-- do you still recommend him?
Thanks for bringing us up to date. Pat

SEW LADY
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   Posted 5/30/2014 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
I am doing great! Went right off of Nexium and Tums after the surgery. Took out the wooden blocks under my bed. Right now (nearly 4 months after my wrap) I am eating nearly all foods. I haven't tried steak or pork chops yet, but have eaten slow cooked beef and pork, plus chicken and fish. The only things that really bother me are drinks that fizz, have caffeine or alcohol. I do have pressure under my wrap after eating, but have found that if I drink a cup of camomile tea with my meal or right after that helps a lot.
My surgeon is Dr. Alexander Rosemurgy in Tampa. His office is right behind the hospital where the surgery is done. He requires a certain BMI, and several tests before he does the surgery, but has a 90+ success rate. You can find his information by Googling him. I am very satisfied with my results.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 5/31/2014 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Sew lady
Sounds like you are doing great. Thanks for writing back. I did look up your surgeon and watched some of his u tube.videos. I'm impressed. Did you have the single belly button surgery? How long did u wait for an appointment to see him? Was he easy to talk to? Listen to your symptoms? Did you stay overnight in the hospital? How many fundoplications has he done? Is yours full or partial? How long was the surgery? Does he have a knowledgeable staff person that can answer some of your questions over the phone-- so you can possibly save you a long trip when he knows in advance that he can't help you. That is my problem. Did he himself see you for follow up or did a staff person? Did they give you the option of a TIF instead. It was discussed on his video. If so, am curious how you made your fundo decision. I'm sorry for all the questions and greatly appreciate your time and reply. Pat

SEW LADY
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   Posted 6/1/2014 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one incision in my belly button. Today I can't even tell. I had to wait a couple of weeks for my first visit. I had to loose some weight first, but had my surgery about ten days after my visit when the tests were done. He was very easy to talk to and answered all of my questions - even some I didn't know to ask. I stayed in the hospital the day of the surgery and most of the next day. We also stayed in a hotel the night I was released, just to make sure all was well, before heading home. The hospital has a deal with a hotel about 3 miles away for a good rate. One of his fellows visited me in the hospital as well as the doctor. The doctor gave the final OK for me to leave. We didn't discuss the TIF. I made my decision to have the surgery because I was not getting relief from meds, live style changes, and was uncomfortable all the time. It has made a big difference in my quality of life and would do it again in a minute.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 6/1/2014 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. I'm going to call them and see if they have someone I can ask a few questions of,
to see if they could even consider helping. How many fundo did the doctor do in a month?

Keep healing and keep us updated on how you are doing. Thanks. Pat

dencha
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   Posted 6/1/2014 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SEW LADY,

That's great advice! I agree that choosing an experienced and skilled Nissen surgeon is critical to a good outcome. Glad you've joined the forum!

yeah yeah Happy healing! yeah yeah
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

SEW LADY
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   Posted 6/1/2014 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Pat, This doctor has done almost 1,700 of these surgeries. Not sure how many are done a month, but think he did 3 on the day I had mine done. If you would like to contact me personally, e-mail me at

deleted email address to protect you from spammers. It's best if you put your email address in your profile, as only members are able to see it. Then you could have live link with your email address just below your name to the left of your post. If you'll notice that is what I have. If you don't wish to do that, you can simply email me, and I can get the email address to Pat.

Post Edited By Moderator (dencha) : 6/1/2014 8:40:55 PM (GMT-6)


Pat Tall
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   Posted 6/2/2014 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Sew Lady
I'm sorry they deleted your email address.
Thanks for your reply.
I called and talked with their office. Asked some questions. They are going to have someone call me back-- an associate.
I reviewed the test requirements on the web page. Endoscopy, mannometry, barium. And one other that I didn't understand. It talked about a bagel and marshmallow and 15 degree head down. Did you have these tests and what's with the bagel test? Do I need to be scared. I've had the others but not the bagel one.

Are you doing better each day? Eating okay? Nausea or pain? Back to work? Are you physically active like prior to surgery. Thanks for listening to me. Pat

SEW LADY
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   Posted 6/2/2014 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
The bagel and marshmallow test is nothing. The test is to see how you can swallow. You eat a marshmallow sitting up (after a swallow of barium) and then a bagel. The marshmallow is easy to swallow and the bagel difficult. That way they compare the two. Then they lower the table so your head is down a little and you do it again. This is a test that Dr. Rosemurgy devised to test swallowing.

My eating is fine. A bit of pressure if I eat too much, but I drink camomile tea with meals and it goes away in about 15 min.

Will try to get you my e-mail. Where are you in FL.?

dencha
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   Posted 6/2/2014 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sew Lady and Pat,
I removed the email address to protect Sew Lady from receiving spam email at her home email address.

You have two options. Either both of you email me (Pat, I know you have already emailed me, so you know how) and I will share your email addresses with both of you, or you can go to your profiles and place your email address in the spot where it asks for that information.

Then your email address will only be available for members of healing well, and not to any spammers who just are happen to be trolling for addresses.

I didn't do it to make life difficult for you, but rather to protect you. I think it's wonderful that you want to help each other, but it has a forum moderator, it's my job to protect members as well as the forum itself.

Best wishes,
Denise

GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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

dencha
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   Posted 6/2/2014 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sew Lady,

I sent your email on to Pat, and copied you on the email, so you'll have her email as well.

Good luck!
Denise

GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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

ldrunner
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   Posted 6/7/2014 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
SEW LADY said...
Before you undergo this surgery, do your research and find the expert in your area. This is a very delicate surgery and if the surgeon hasn't done a lot and doesn't have a lot of experience, you could suffer as a result. Besure to ask "How many of these procedures do you do a month". I drove 2 1/2 hours to go to the surgeon in FL that fixes the wraps done by "local" surgeons. It was worth all the trips for presurgery tests and follow-up visits. After reading the many posts of this forum, many wraps are done by surgeons without a lot of experience.


I agree with this 100%. Probably a few 1000%.

I think upper gastro and laparoscopic (key hole) surgery are cash cows that lots of surgeons want to get into. If you don't get an experienced surgeon then you're a training exercise.

And make sure the surgery is performed by the expert, and the expert isn't merely supervising one or more trainees. Having your surgery done at a "teaching hospital" sounds all nice and grey's anatomy but in reality it means a student is poking around your insides.

I'm six months in and my whole torso from the chest to the groin still feels like it was hit by a train.

FlaCracker
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   Posted 6/7/2014 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I went three times to the surgeon and asked multiple questions but never thought about asking who was assisting him during the procedure. I found out later he used a physician's assistant plus a student was watching. At least I hope the student was watching.

Michelle

SEW LADY
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   Posted 6/7/2014 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry you are still having trouble. Some on the forum have told me that it takes time. Hopefully you will feel a bit better every day.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 6/7/2014 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sew Lady,
Thank you for your advice and information-- saving up some questions to ask. (Also your nourishing recipes to help through healing ). Please let us know how you are doing. Your updates are essential to forum members. It is a scary decision to have the surgery. Will be in contact with you. A sincere thanks. Pat

ldrunner
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   Posted 6/8/2014 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
FlaCracker said...
I went three times to the surgeon and asked multiple questions but never thought about asking who was assisting him during the procedure. I found out later he used a physician's assistant plus a student was watching. At least I hope the student was watching.

Michelle


I was completely suckered. The "surgeon" I saw before the operation had great people skills, was very confident and was talking about how many times he had performed this operation.

Turns out he was a trainee....

FlaCracker
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   Posted 6/12/2014 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Ldrunner,

What pains are you having? Where did you get your surgery?

Michelle

SEW LADY
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   Posted 6/12/2014 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 4 months post-wrap and the only discomfort I have is pressure after eating. I found that drinking camomile tea with my meal helps.The pressure is usually gone in 15-20 min. I had my surgery in Tampa Florida. My doctor is the one people in the area who had a bad wrap go to for repairs.

ldrunner
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   Posted 6/12/2014 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
FlaCracker said...
Ldrunner,

What pains are you having? Where did you get your surgery?

Michelle


Hi, the surgery was at a hospital in the UK. As for the pain; reflux and severe "overeating" feeling if I eat more than a v small portion. But most of all, my whole torso is wrecked from the lower chest to the groin. I get lots of muscle spasms and nausea, and if I over exert myself (such as by picking up one of my small kids) my abs cramp up so much I cannot stand up.

It's like I've been in a car crash. I'm sure the hospital used me as a training exercise and had a student poking around.

FlaCracker
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   Posted 6/12/2014 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Sew Lady,

I am originally from Tampa and I didn't realize there was a doctor that handles the redos. I might need their name. General surgeon or Thoracic? Does the doctor use another physician in the surgery?

ldRunner,

I am at 9 months post op and my asthma has come back. I still take Nexium. Small meals too. Hang in there.

Michelle

SEW LADY
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   Posted 6/12/2014 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
His name is Dr. Alexander Rosemurgy. You can find is information if you Google him. He also works with the other Dr. in his practice and has two fellows he is training. But, he is the expert and am sure he would do the "corrective work". He specializes in this surgery and pancreatic surgery.
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