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.