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#1 whirlway

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 12:42 PM

I know this topic has been brought up before, but can't seem to find the thread, still in a dither from the gastro visit I just had. He wants to stretch my esophogus. I told him I would let him know. Of course he went into all the stuff that could go wrong, however, he personally has never had one go bad and he said he has done thousands. :rolleyes: Do I want to push my luck? Has anyone out there had problems after having this procedure? Does it help, especially if you are having trouble swallowing and spewing food? Or, should I just continue as I am doing, because I can put up with it, it's not as if I'm losing weight and getting skinny because of not eating. :lol:
Thanks in advance for your input.
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#2 Heidi

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 02:15 PM

Hi Whirlway,

I have had my esophagus stretched twice now. It was done during an endoscopy and was no big deal. I never had a sore throat or any problems afterwards and I do think it helped with swallowing issues. Just my input....

Warm wishes,
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#3 Sweet

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Posted 16 January 2007 - 02:19 PM

Hi Whirlway,

Hmmmm quite the dilemma. I have no personal experience with this, but I know you will receive a lot of feedback soon.

I wanted to give you a link that might help. Throat Involvement

Keep me posted after Dr. Craigs appointment too. :)
Warm and gentle hugs,

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Posted 17 January 2007 - 02:24 AM

I had my esophagus stretched once during endoscopy. I felt no pain at all afterwards.
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Posted 30 January 2007 - 06:04 PM

Hi Whirlaway,

I have my first appt with a gastro in April. I am expecting the endo as well as a stretch to be recommended. I have read that people have no problems at all with them.

Let us know what you decide.

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Posted 30 January 2007 - 11:17 PM

I'll add my penny worth here and say that, I've had the procedure a couple of times just like the others with no bad after affect.

As everyone else, it was done during an endoscopy. My stretch was carried out whilst the tube was down my throat and they insert a balloon which they inflate -- you feel no pain I can assure you! Afterwards just like an endoscopy, if you've had sedation they like to keep you a couple of hours after the procedure -- if not you can go straight home.

As for the benefit well, In my case it helped a little bit but my movement ( Peristalsis) is damaged by sclero so in my condition the improvement was only slight. I know of others in my support group who have had the procedure and the results have been more promising, so go ahead and worry not, it will all be over in a tick and who knows? it may do the trick!

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 04:19 AM

Whirlway, wow my parents and I was tlaking about this last night. My dad had it done many years ago and it has helped him. I think I would get it done if the doctor told me I should need it. Sam
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#8 whirlway

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 06:43 AM

Thanks everyone. I had the procedure done yesterday @ 6:45 am. I am not a morning person, so getting up that early was a chore. The prodedure went well, no problems, hopefully it will help. Just have to wait and see. The only thing that bothered me was having to be put out twice in less than 2 weeks. I was pretty much out of it all day yesterday, although I was home by 9:am. The dr that does it has quite the little factory going on at our hospital. As soon as one is done and out the door, another is there to take their place. I appreciate all the responses I got.
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 07:16 AM

Hi Whirlway,

Thanks for letting us know how it goes. Oh my that is very early in the morning! I'm really glad things went ok and I hope that you have good results with it.
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#10 Heidi

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 07:52 AM

Hi Whirlway,

I am glad the procedure went well. Both times I have had it done, it has been early in the morning like yours and I too slept the entire day and night afterwards. My gastro doctor seems to have a nice little "factory" going as well. I almost felt like cattle being herded in and out! :rolleyes:

I certainly do hope the procedure helps with the swallowing issues for you. Please keep us posted.

Warm wishes,
Heidi