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Quote AndyR Replybullet Posted: 28 Jul 2009 at 6:27pm
Hi Richard,
 
Great news, I hope eveything goes well and that you can get off the PPI's.
I am assuming that you are having it done laproscopically, right?
 
Keep us posted with your progress.
 
This may be something that I need to do in the future, so I am very interested.
 
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Quote chrisrob Replybullet Posted: 28 Jul 2009 at 7:11pm
Hi Richard

All the best for the 6th.
I hope yours goes as smoothly as mine.
Will be thinking of you.

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Quote RichardP Replybullet Posted: 29 Jul 2009 at 12:02pm
Thanks for your words of support.
 
Yes have opted for this to be done laproscopically, although I understand there are some instances where it may need to be converted to an open operation. Fingers crossed this isn't the case with mine.
 
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Quote twix38 Replybullet Posted: 29 Jul 2009 at 5:46pm
Hello,

Regarding Hiatus Hernia op...........

Are you aware of the endoscopic procedure TIF using instrument called Esophyx

http://www.endogastricsolutions.com/

Performed in UK by

Dr Chris Fraser MB ChB MD FRCP

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Specialist Endoscopist

The Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy

St Mark's Hospital

Watford Road, Harrow

Middlesex, HA1 3UJ

United Kingdom

Email: chris.fraser@imperial.ac.uk



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Quote chrisrob Replybullet Posted: 04 Aug 2009 at 12:27pm
Hi Richard.

Don't know whether you'd be in a position to read emails etc. tomorrow.

All the best for Thursday. We'll be thinking of you.

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Quote AndyR Replybullet Posted: 04 Aug 2009 at 8:18pm
Hi Richard,
 
I also wanted to wish you all the best with op and a speedy recovery.
 
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Quote Quill Replybullet Posted: 05 Aug 2009 at 8:47am
Hi Guys
Have only just come across this active string and just wanted to wish Richard all the best for tomorrow. I am sure you will all keep us posted.
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Quote RichardP Replybullet Posted: 05 Aug 2009 at 10:01am
Thanks all for your support, much appreciated.
 
A very small part of me is looking forward to having the procedure to see the benefits it will bring. I just hope its all worth it in the end.
 
I will update you on the outcome as soon as I can.
 
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Quote RichardP Replybullet Posted: 14 Aug 2009 at 12:48pm

Hi all,

The op went well and appears to have been a success. I am not taking any PPI's and have had no heartburn or reflux.
The op has taken slightly more out of me than I had expected, been feeling quite weak and very tired for the last week but I suppose that is to be expected from any op.
 
Hospital stay was just over 24hrs.
 
I was in quite some discomfort for a few days after, the majority of which was pain from my ab muscles where they had been stretched and interestingly from one of my lower ribs. Because of my slim build quite alot of carbon dioxide had to be pumped into my abdomen to get a good view which resulted in me being stretched and some of the muscles being torn. It felt as if I had done a thousand sit ups all in one go!
I have also had some pain from a cumulation of carbon dioxide in my chest and shoulders which is common after key hole surgery.
It was also uncomfortable to take a deep breath or cough for a few days as my diaphram felt tight, but this is now easing.
 
Whilst in there the surgeon found I also had a slight hiatus hernia which has now been corrected.
I must say my surgeon and the team that looked after me were fantastic and gave me great confidence.
 
I have had no problems with eating and drinking and have gradually started to move on from the 'soft' diet. I have been very careful to chew my food well and eat slowly. I had thought this would be difficult as I have always been used to bolting my food and eating on the go, however the new way of eating appears to have come naturally. 
I could be mistaken for a pregnant woman as I am craving a nice large steak and chips which I know is a few weeks away yet.
 
Other than the sore muscles I have had no significant pain from my stomach only really from trapped wind and the sensation of cramp in my oesophagus as if it is trying to release the gas. I have been aware of alot of strange grumbling and gurpling noises from my stomach and intestines, all of which I am sure will settle down with time.
 
Riding in the car is currently a strange experience as everytime I go over a bump it feels as if my insides jiggle about! This is most probably due to the stomach, spleen and oesophagus having to be freed up from the surrounding tissue to complete the surgery and again I expect this will change once all is healed.
  
Would I do it again? Yes, even at this early stage whilst still feeling a bit tender I feel it has been a positive step. Not having to take PPI's and the absence of reflux is great, but also the peace of mind that acid is no longer attacking my oesophagus is worth it alone.
 
I must say a big thank you to you for the words of support, but particularly to ChrisRob for openly sharing his experience of this op and answering my many questions as it enabled me to go into this knowing what to expect.
 
I know a few people are concidering this procedure so please feel free to ask if you have any questions.
 
Regards,
 
Richard. 
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Quote twix38 Replybullet Posted: 14 Aug 2009 at 1:40pm
Congrats Richard all sounds very good and a job well done.

I also do not want to be on PPI's for life and wondered about doing the same op or as I posted above the TIF procedure, perhaps.

However, was it your Doctor who suggested doing the Nissen Fundoplication op or yourself that forced the issue, as most people have to make do with medication unless of medical necessity or pills not working etc??

Was it on the NHS?

What was the reasoning behind undertaking this op? i'e was it only a wish to get off PPI's or needed for other reasons/health issues?

I am 48 years old and have 2cm Barratts - non dysplastic and wish to get my Hiatus Hernia fixed, off PPI's and then address the Barratts, probably with Barrx Radiofrequency and maybe then only if progresses beyond non dysplastic until there are more statistics to recommend for non dysplastic Barratts.

Many thanks


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