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    Lightbulb Considering VSG - Doctor/Hospital Recommendations - MINNEAPOLIS

    Hello!

    I'm currently beginning the process of getting approval for a vertical gastric sleeve procedure. Fortunately, my insurance does cover it. I do, however, have to do the typical six month pre-surgery visits, weight loss, etc.

    I'm wondering if anyone has experience with any of the "Centers of Excellence" hospitals that perform VSG procedures here in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    Very nervous but hoping to get things rolling after my initial nurse consultation on 9/25/18.

    Thanks so much!


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    Default Re: Considering VSG - Doctor/Hospital Recommendations - MINNEAPOLIS

    Not sure about it. But if you find out, let me know, I've got the same issue. I'm thinking about having a bariatric surgery, but I'm so afraid of the gastroscopy. How did you prepare for it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azacaea View Post
    Not sure about it. But if you find out, let me know, I've got the same issue. I'm thinking about having a bariatric surgery, but I'm so afraid of the gastroscopy. How did you prepare for it?
    Haven't you done a gastroscopy yet? As far as I know, it's a routine procedure before any other gastric surgeries, so you should have done it in the beginning. Anyway, there's nothing special about it. You will need to stop drinking and eating 8 hours before the endoscopy. First, you have to lie down on your left side and relax. Then, the doctor will perform the Endoscope Decontamination, and after that he will introduce it gently to your upper gastrointestinal tract. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt at all. You'll feel only a bit of discomfort. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundr View Post
    Haven't you done a gastroscopy yet? As far as I know, it's a routine procedure before any other gastric surgeries, so you should have done it in the beginning. Anyway, there's nothing special about it. You will need to stop drinking and eating 8 hours before the endoscopy. First, you have to lie down on your left side and relax. Then, the doctor will perform the Endoscope Decontamination, and after that he will introduce it gently to your upper gastrointestinal tract. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt at all. You'll feel only a bit of discomfort. Good luck!
    The decontamination of the endoscope is really important. A friend of mine got infected with HPylory because of this. Anyway, the procedure itself is not complicated.

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    oh man, that sounds really bad

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    I'm also considering a VSG as my doctor said it will be necessary. I would research very well who is speacialized in your area as much as possible!

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    A VSG, as I learned recently, it's a pretty tough procedure to undertake. I knew it from my nephew, who is in his second year in medical school, and the description was quite graphic. I also had a life dream of mine to become a medical practitioner, but with all the hardships in my life, I had to leave school early and get a crappy job from 9-5 to help my family survive. I'm still glad that at least her reading exploremedicalcareers.com made her fall in love with the profession. It's also a great feeling to see her in that uniform.

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    Decontamination of the endoscope is really important.

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    Hope that the surgery will be ok

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    Not sure about it.

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    Default Re: Considering VSG - Doctor/Hospital Recommendations - MINNEAPOLIS

    Gastroscopy is performed in a special room. The patient has to lie on his side. A pre-treatment of the throat with local anesthetics is carried out. Often a lidocaine solution in the form of a spray is used. The throat is irrigated, which reduces the gag reflex and eliminates pain. This also allows the muscles to relax, so that the probe can be swallowed freely without injuring the walls of the organs. You should not be afraid of gastroscopy, it is a mandatory procedure before gastric surgery. You should definitely take care of your health and not be afraid of such simple procedures. You need to be more decisive here and understand that everything is done for the good of your health.

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