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Just had the procedure 15/02/2017 and I must say that the after effects are not half as bad as expected.
I have read many stories on here and I guess it depends on the person but the main thing is that you have to be positive before the procedure and go in expecting to be healed of that terrible acid that has caused you all sorts of hassles for so long.
I am a 63yr maleand have suffered with reflux for years. It really got bad in 2012 and so I had the scopes from both sides to check for the big C. Fortunately nothing. I was concerned as my father had died from stomach cancer and had suffered with extreme acid all his life - don't know why he never did anything about it. His mother and sister also died from gastro related issues but I do not know what.
I was placed on the max doses of Ezomeprazole and Ranitidine after using Domperidone which was then banned. I also had the prescription only Gaviscon thick liquid. But when Aunty acid decided to say hello nothing worked.
The surgeon is Mr Adrian Harris and he is a great guy. I would highly recommend him and he operates in Hinchingbrooke Hospital Huntingdon.
The actual operation took over 3 hours as I had a huge Hiatus Hernia . I was in recovery for 2.5 hours and felt very very woozy on waking up.
I stayed over noght and was discharged after lunch the next day when I could hold down soup and jelly.
The worst is the stiffness and discomfort in the neck and shoulders from the gas they pump in. Then the abdominal muscles feel as if you ahd dome a thousand situps . But on dau 4 I am moving easliy and drinking my liquids in the form of special shakes (search for Slo drinks) and smoothies. Taking tablets whole and not having any hassles swallowing. Thinking that at this rate I could be on sloppy foods in another 3 days.
My outlook is good and I am so glad that I can now sleep on either side , without being propped up and KNOW that there is no acid coming up.
If you were considering this procedure, GO for it!
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