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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:15 am 
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I have a hiatal hernia which causes the top portion of the stomach to bulge into the rib cage. This is what's contributing to the acid reflux.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2016 1:31 pm 
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I have a hiatal hernia which causes the top portion of the stomach to bulge into the rib cage. This is what's contributing to the acid reflux.

OK, sorry to be such a pain, I guess then I will ask HOW did you get that, is that something you do by physically exerting wrong or is it something else?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:42 am 
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OK, sorry to be such a pain, I guess then I will ask HOW did you get that, is that something you do by physically exerting wrong or is it something else?


I just noticed this post hence the late response.

I ruined my gall bladder in 1981 when I went on a crash liquid diet. I had to have my gall bladder out and that's when the problem started. I had it out the old fashioned way before the days of scopic surgery. That's how I got the hernia.

As a result, I develped acid reflux. As a result I developed the scarring in my trachea.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:31 am 
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I have an appointment at the weight loss center in Boston on Wednesday. The plan is to get a gastric bypass in order to curb the acid reflux. My esophagus isn't strong enough for the type of hernia surgery I wanted. I have mixed feelings about it. My biggest fear is that it won't successfully curb the acid, which is the goal of the surgery. I have a million questions to ask.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:58 pm 
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Update.

Since seeing the bariatric surgeon in December, I have yet to get into my first preliminary appointment before surgery. I waited 2 weeks after seeing him and then I called a few days after that and was told the doctor was away on conferences and to call back the following week.

So, I did and was told she'd give him the message.

Another week goes by and no call.

Another week and no call.

Monday I called and the receptionist told me she sent him an email "I did my part."

No call back.

Today I called my referring physician, the one handling my thoracic case. I spoke to the temp receptionist who said she'd leave a note for his receptionist and she'd call me back.

Still waiting...


So, what is a patient to do when the hospital doesn't return your calls? This is rated as the number 1 hospital in the country by whatever means they rate hospitals. Me thinks they've got highly paid reps to do their propaganda because I sure as hell ain't seeing it.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:44 am 
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UPDATE

I finally got through to the doctor's office in Boston and did the first step toward gastric bypass. I attended an information conference here in Maine. Now I'm working on getting a referral for office visits here so I don't have to travel to Boston for all preliminary appointments for surgery.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:20 am 
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New update:

I had the preliminary visits before surgery. Now the hospital in Boston wants the records. So I signed the release forms. A month later I hear nothing so I contact them. Apparently, they didn't get all the records they need. NOW they tell me.

So I'm playing phone tag with the other hospital here in Maine to get in touch with Boston to find out what records they don't have but need and whether I actually completed all my preliminary visits.

I assumed I finished the preliminary visits back in December. This is how long this has been going on.

In the meantime, my dad passed away.

So now you understand my absence from this mad house.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:16 am 
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It's finally happening! I saw the doctor and dietitian to discuss the surgery and pre-op preparations. I'm on a simi liquid diet, drinking protein shakes and I'm allowed one fruit for fiber and one small meal. They call this the shrink the liver diet.

My surgery is scheduled next month on the 10th. My sister is taking me and we booked a room at a Doubletree for 2 nights. If there are no complications, I may come home on the 12th. So from there, depending on how successful this surgery is, I move on to having my throat operated on.

But this is a bad time of year to be doing this. Fortunately, the weather agreed with us on this past trip.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:26 am 
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Buena suerte, Rita.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:37 am 
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Buena suerte, Rita.


Thank you! I had to do the google translate to make sure it didn't mean good-bye LOL

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:39 am 
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Well, living where I do, I sometimes need google translate to go to the grocery store. :D

I know enough Spanish to get into trouble, and that's about it. :mrgreen:

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It's finally happening! I saw the doctor and dietitian to discuss the surgery and pre-op preparations. I'm on a simi liquid diet, drinking protein shakes and I'm allowed one fruit for fiber and one small meal. They call this the shrink the liver diet.

My surgery is scheduled next month on the 10th. My sister is taking me and we booked a room at a Doubletree for 2 nights. If there are no complications, I may come home on the 12th. So from there, depending on how successful this surgery is, I move on to having my throat operated on.

But this is a bad time of year to be doing this. Fortunately, the weather agreed with us on this past trip.


I wish you well RitaAnn.


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It's finally happening! I saw the doctor and dietitian to discuss the surgery and pre-op preparations. I'm on a simi liquid diet, drinking protein shakes and I'm allowed one fruit for fiber and one small meal. They call this the shrink the liver diet.

My surgery is scheduled next month on the 10th. My sister is taking me and we booked a room at a Doubletree for 2 nights. If there are no complications, I may come home on the 12th. So from there, depending on how successful this surgery is, I move on to having my throat operated on.

But this is a bad time of year to be doing this. Fortunately, the weather agreed with us on this past trip.

Great to see things are moving in your direction. I know it might seem daunting, especially in December as well as with the weather, but look at the future an realize in a year this should all be but a memory.

Keep us informed on how you're doing.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:36 pm 
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Thanks guys! I appreciate it. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:19 pm 
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Thanks guys! I appreciate it. :)

good luck with all this ritann.
you began this thread in 2015, its taken 3years to get you to this point.

keep us posted and take care.

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Yes it did! Last year I did the pre-op conferences, nutrition modules (all 9 of them) blood work, EKG's, appointments for this and that...

And this year it was transferring all those records and getting them to the Boston hospital via a quagmire of red tape and one hand not knowing what the other one was doing, and phone calls going unanswered for weeks only to be given another appointment weeks into the future.

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Good luck.

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Libertas wrote:
Good luck.
Thank you!

The hospital is going to call today to preregister me.

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UPDATE:

I'm home now and recovering from a gastric-bypass. First, the hospital was very good about giving me a breathing treatment while waking up from anesthesia. The previous times it felt like a struggle to breathe when the doctor dilated my throat. And the nurses assigned to me were great! I went into surgery Monday morning at 8 and got discharged Wednesday afternoon.

So, my throat was dilated first and then the bariatric surgeon did his part.

I got instructions on what to take, when to take it, how much...it's all about getting protein and staying hydrated. This morning my breakfast is Whey Isolate Protein strawberry with skim milk. And the important thing to remember is the difference between a sip and a gulp. The latter gives me painful gas bubbles, so that's a good reminder.

I have several follow ups, a few with the surgeon and mostly with the dietary and counseling team.

We are looking at a few months after recovery and having my throat surgery.

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Thanks Sam!

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