I'm alive and functioning enough to make a post so I reckon that's pretty good eh? I'm writing this exactly 3 days to the hour of the completion of my repair/wrap but it feels like longer I'll tell ya.
I had my pre-op meeting with my doc the day before surgery but he was called into emergency surgery so I didn't get to have that final question/answer session. That was only a little bothersome because of who he is and what he does. He did call me and answer my big questions but there was a lot of little things I still didn't feel like I had answers to. To be honest with you, some of the things that I was MEGA concerned with from my reading here on the forum, he just waved off and said those aren't concerns. That concerned me. Heh. We all know how it feels when a doctor dismisses things that we KNOW are issue. But I had faith in him so on we go.
Morning of surgery he came in, said it would take an hour and a half at MOST and we'd see each other in the hospital, answered a couple more questions and in a flash he was gone. The anesthesiologist was perfection. I told them all I loved them as I went under, I remember that much.
*FYI - I knew going into the surgery that his plan of attack was to do a full wrap if I had enough stomach left after having had a gastric sleeve, but if not then he would do a posterior-wrap. According to the studies that I read the posterior has excellent results and he was confident that it would solve my issues if we couldn't do the full wrap. There is less difficulty swallowing with the posterior wrap, evidently.
Surgery only took an hour. Talk about
shock. The recovery room was a *****, had a very difficult time getting my pain under control but that's because of my bodies extremely high tolerance for narcotics after all the surgeries and being on a pain control regimine. Off to my private room where my husband joined me and I was sipping water and chewing ice chips immediately. He put me on clear liquids for my first intake and full liquids for my second, MUCH to my surprise. So I had broth and tea for my first meal then cream of wheat and tea for my second. Absolutely zero issues with swallowing.
OH, one HUGE surprise was withing hours of waking up, I was able to burp. Let me assure you, I was a professional burper before surgery and I was scared to death at the thought of not being able to burp as a relief mechanism. But with no prompting, after swallowing a bit of air I reckon, a little burp. Then another later. I'm on the fence on whether that's a good thing or not but in a couple of weeks I'll know what's what for real.
He sent me home 24 hours after surgery on a full liquids diet. I've been in my recliner sipping and resting when I'm not walking. I'm doing so well that I'm waiting for the hammer to fall. It doesn't seem right but I'll take it while it's good. I KNOW things get worse before they get better so I'm just taking it moment by moment.
Thank you all for your replies and good wishes, again, I couldn't have prepared myself as I did without your help. I'll answer the questions I saw in the thread, now.
I'm in Southern California, my doctor is Dr. Ara Keshishian. You can look him up at www.dssurgery.com. On the left side of the main page there is a link to "streaming media" which is videos of surgeries of all types that he's performed and narrated. Just FYI the Nissens surgeries are under the Hernia Surgery section. He is located in Glendale which is basically the Pasadena area. I was at the Huntington Memorial Hospital and it was absolutely the best hospital I've been to. Outstanding from start to finish.
I've never heard of an irregular Z line, I'm sorry to say. Honestly, Dr.'s never EVER suggested anything besides take medicine for all those years. It took me getting to the end of my rope and start looking for another answer to realize this was a much bigger deal that just having heartburn. I was completely uneducated about
the disease and how many of my health issues were related.
Thank you all again!
Post Edited (MyUniqueMe) : 10/26/2014 8:52:59 PM (GMT-6)