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After having been diagnosed with achalasia (type 2) in november last year, I got two dilatations in november, with three weeks in between. Those helped quite a lot, and for some months I thought the problem was at least under control. About a month ago, the symptoms such as being unable to swallow, have returned, and they grew stronger quite fast over the past weeks.
Yesterday I had an appointment with my doctor in Antwerp, and he said that given the circumstances, surgery seemed like unavoidable. After some final tests in april, I guess I'm in to the hospital for surgery somewhere in may or june.
In order to be able to prepare myself, I'd like to ask some of you what your experiences with surgery in this case are. Heller myotomy seems still to be the most common one, with Poem (I always think of Wordsworth when reading that...) being a new type of surgery, but not as common, am I right? Most important for me: what are the impacts of the surgery on the daily routine of life? How long have you been in hospital? I need to prepare some things beforehand since I am divorced and my children stay with me every other week.
Also: how long does it take after the surgey to be able to eat again? Does one loose weight with it (probably, I guess)? How does one feel the weeks after the surgery?
Thanks a lot in advance for any answer,
have a fine day,
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