Posted 2/24/2018 11:37 PM (GMT -6)
Excellent results post Linx
I am 3 weeks post op with my LINX implant. I am writing because I have had excellent results. After reading all the problems people wrote about, I almost cancelled my surgery!!
I am now so glad I went through with the surgery. I am completely off the proton pump inhibitors (immediately post surgery) and have no reflux!
I have had reflux for the last 20 plus years. My reflux continued to progress even though I was on the 24 hour proton pump inhibitor Dexilant, 30 mg. I was still having reflux and had also developed asthma. My IM physician recommended I see the LINX specialist surgeon. It took about 10 months for my insurance to finally approve the procedure.
Here is my story.
I left the hospital same day, because I know the anesthesia and pain meds cause major nausea and constipation. I always feel terrible from the anesthesia and pain meds. I actually felt pretty good, once I got home and only took one oxycodone at home that first night. After that I took no pain meds.
(I have had multiple foot surgeries with hardware put in. Those surgeries were painful. This procedure is not painful at all in comparison.) I have learned once I get off the pain meds, I feel so much better.
My doctor also had me start Milk of Magnesia immediately. I started my first dose in hospital. My dose was 30ml twice a day with a full glass of water after each dose, until I had a bowel movement. This is a great idea, especially if you are taking pain meds.
MY SURGEON EMPHASIZED THAT MY PHYSICAL THERAPY STARTED IMMEDIATELY AFTER SURGERY!!!
I HAD TO EAT SOMETHING EVERY HOUR TO PREVENT TOO MUCH SCARRING DOWN AROUND MY LINX DEVICE.
My instructions were to resume a normal diet once nausea had ceased which was on day 2 post op. I only ate apple sauce, chicken noodle soup and grapes early on. I just was not hungery.
I actually did not have much pain, that is why I only took one oxycodone at home. The pain from the surgery is minimal. The real pain is from the CO2 gas they use during the laparoscopic procedure to blow up the area. The gas travels up toward your neck, collar bone area and head. I did have a pounding headache for 2 1/2 days and was sore around my neck and collar bone area for a 10 days, but that was it. I did take Aleve for the pounding headache for the first couple of days, but I primarily just had to get through it.
Initially I did not have much of an appetite, so I was forcing myself to eat some grapes every hour. After a couple of days, I decided eating something hard would be better for preventing scar tissue, so I started eating baby carrots every hour instead. The baby carrots have more weight than grapes, when chewed up. I think this has really helped with the function of my LINX device.
I SET MY PHONE TO DING EVERY HOUR SO I CAN REMEMBER TO EAT. AT NIGHT I KEEP GRAPES AND BABY CARROTS BY MY BED TO EAT ONE, WHEN I WAKE UP TO USE THE BATHROOM.
I could only eat really small meals initially, and was very careful to take small bites, chew well, then swallow and pause. By one week I was able to better, but still did not have much of an appetite, I lost about 10 pounds in 10 days.
I saw my surgeon 1 week post op and he said I was doing amazing. I think by being very diligent early on and setting my phone to ding every hour, to eat a bite of carrot, has been the key to my success.
I am three weeks now and still eating a baby carrot every hour, unless I eat a meal.
The only problems I have had is when eating bread or a sandwich. The bread does not go down and then I will bubble up and have to spit repeatedly until that bite of food comes up or moves through the LINX.
When bread (or food) does not go through the LINX, I try to really relax and not stress. It is painful and scary, the first couple of times, but if I relax and let it bubble up and spit it out, after awhile it all settles down. The tightening and pain in the center of your chest is scary the first couple of times, but I try not to stress. It is either going to come back up or pass through.
Initially I would get something stuck about once a day, usually bread. (Too bad I like bread).
I am now three weeks post op, still eating a baby carrot every hour, for my physical therapy. I can now eat almost normal size meals and very rarely get something stuck. (Still usually bread)
My doctor said the key was eating hourly to prevent the devise from scaring over. It has worked for me, so far. He told me that I did not have to eat hourly after 2 1/2 weeks but I am going to keep it up for several more weeks. Especially after reading about everyones problems on these web sites
I am glad to report my Reflux is gone and I am actually doing quite well.
I hope this is helpful.