To everyone who's had fundoplication surgery

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doghouse
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/18/2007 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
This may seem like repeat questions but it's more like a survey I guess...

From the time that your gastroenterologist and you decided surgery would be the best choice for your GERD, how long was it from then that you ended up having the surgery done (including all the prep work and preop testing)? Weeks, months, a year...? What took the longest, getting in for testing...getting in to the surgeon, scheduling the surgery??


Thanks for the info!

HappilyWrapped
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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/18/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Once we really started pursuing the surgery option with the testing and medication changes, it was 6 months. It could have been shorter, but I knew that I could not do surgery over the summer or early fall due to family and work commitments, so we were able to space the testing out over that 6-month period.

For me, I had no problem getting in for appointments at the gastroenterologist or surgeon - usually within a week of my phone call. It did take a bit of coordinating for the 2 surgeons and operating room availability - my surgeon of choice has not done many wraps so he had a more experienced surgeon assist him. But that only delayed what I had hoped for as a surgery date by 2 weeks - so that wasn't bad at all. They had me on the operating room schedule before I did the second manometry test.

I think a lot of the timeframe will depend on where you live and what the medical facility you use is like. I didn't use a major city hospital, I used the local community hospital and getting any testing I needed done was easy to schedule - we happen to have a Gastroenterology Institute located within the hospital I use, so I had the best facility in the state located close by.

Good luck doghouse, I know how much you want this. I do hope you get it soon.

Post Edited (HappilyWrapped) : 11/19/2007 5:25:29 AM (GMT-7)

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