Immediately After Esophageal Surgery with LINX Device
Most of you will go to the post-anesthesia recovery room for 1 – 2 hours for close observation before being moved to your hospital room. Many of you won’t remember much of the recovery room, which is normal. When you get to your room, you will feel groggy, but we want you to walk in the halls as soon as you feel up to it. The nurses will help you out of bed for the first few times, until you are steady on your feet. We also want you to work on deep breathing to expand your lungs and prevent pneumonia. The nurses will give you an incentive spirometer to help with this. It is important to tell the nurses if you are having too much pain or nausea to perform these activities, so that they can give you some medicine.
Eating in the Hospital
It is important to eat solid food after the LINX® device is placed to ensure proper healing at the surgical site. The foods you eat will stretch the device open as expected. It may be difficult at first and be a little painful. This is normal and expected.
You will go to the radiology department, and they will have you stand up and drink some liquid (Gastrografin®) that shows up on the X-ray. This routine test lets us look at the LINX bracelet placement and make sure all looks good.
This information has been approved by Emily Speer, MD (January 2017).