So I went to see a new Dr. yesterday since I have been completely unhappy with my old one..... I gotta say I was quite impressed and felt really comfortable with him. Impressed enough that I paid the $500.00 for them to assume my care. I spent more time with an actual surgeon yesterday then I have in the past 1.5 years with the old one.
What I heard from the new office that I loved!
* The surgeons do all the fills with ultrasound! Before I only saw the surgeon before surgery and an nurse practitioner always did the fills.
* I will still see the nutritionist every time I go.
* I was actually listened to.
*They do their own upper GI's... not some unaffiliated gastroenterologist
There was a lot more I was impressed by.
He did give me some possible answers and a potential care plan for all the unexplained pain that I have been having. He thought that it was ridiculous that I have been dealing with this
for a year - when the previous doc stated it was likely something I
needed to live with.
He is inclined to think that it is a port issue; however, he gave me a complete unfill just in case. I have another upper GI on 2/1 and then a follow-up on 2/5.... This will likely be followed by an exploratory laprascopy (sp) to check the outside of the stomach and a port replacement. He thinks that the port may be too big for my short torso or that it was placed on a nerve.
If it is not the port then we are looking at erosion or something related to the actual band. I did talk to him about a revision but there will be no further talk about that right now until we figure out what is going on. Sigh.
At least I am getting somewhere - I hope!