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Sympathectomy for Raynauds

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#1 Purr


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 06:02 AM

Hi Everyone,

I had the appointment with the Cardiovascular MD/Surgeon yesterday. The surgery I am going to have is quite a bit different than the kind Lisa had.

It's call VATS Sympathectomy. It's a thoracic surgery and will be for the right hand. The incision will be made at the right clavical (near the neck) and collapsing the right lung will be neccessary. There won't be any incisions made to the wrist or palm. It's all done with video. Dr. Beckman is going to show it to me later because I will be 'out' when the surgery is done. He said the operating room looks like a Star Trek space station. WOW!!! And wonderful of wonderfuls, I'll be in a private room!!!! YAY!

Dr. Beckman is Surgical Director, Cardiovascular Critical Care at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. His specialty is Cardiothoracic Surgery and his subspecialty is Surgical Electrophysiology. He was very nice and explained things in terms I could understand.

I'll tell you more after the surgery. The doctor said I should see immediate results.

Take care,

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 07:38 AM

That is great! This surgery was an option I could have looked into but decided against it for now. I hope this works wonders for you!! Good luck and I can't wait to hear of the immediate results. :emoticons-yes:

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 08:24 AM

Hi Purr

That's really good news about your surgery and it's lovely to have a surgeon in whom you can have complete confidence.

Good luck and I'm looking forward to hearing about the results. :VeryHappy:
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Posted 01 December 2010 - 02:38 PM

Yes Purr...good luck with your surgery! Looking forward to hearing the results too.

I have Raynauds as well but I'm not certain of what this surgery does exactly? Does it help promote more blood flow so you get less ulcers? Thanks.
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Posted 02 December 2010 - 03:00 AM

Hi Snowbird,

Yes, the surgery helps give more blood flow. They clip the nerve (on the right side this time) that tells the brain when you're cold and causes less circulation to the hand(s). Wish I would have thought to ask about feet. I will when I have the surgery. And I will be sure to let everyone know how it goes.

Stay warm.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 03:55 AM

Hi Purr,

Everybody is looking forward to hearing the results! I'm sure it'll go well, your doctor sounds wonderful. I can see I'm going to be really envious all winter long.

I'd love to hear if the same sort of surgery works for the feet. Last night when I was getting ready for bed and hauled off my socks, I noticed the toes of my left foot were pretty blue. Of course I thought it was the dye from my new pair of wooly socks, and then realized the aforementioned sock was red~ :rolleyes:

Good luck. Enjoy the rest in bed!
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