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Old 11-06-2008, 12:29 PM   #1
Jamie J. Skibicki
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Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

I'm have problems sleeping, so I'm having my uvula removed, my tonsils taken out and some reconstruction. Hopefully this will help me sleep and be strong like bull.

First, is there anything I can do before surgery (SHould I train like a beast to go into super compentsation or should I take it easy so I can heal faster).

Second,while I'm recovering, any suggestions on what to eat? Keep in mind swallowing will be difficult (no comments about it's possible effect on my social life) nor couch or clear my throat so food that cause phlem are out or at least need to kept to a minimum.

Third, anyone know what to expect from this? I've heard "PAIN" alot. (they are giving me opiates, hehehehe).
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Old 11-06-2008, 04:58 PM   #2
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

Why your uvula don't you need those things? I have never heard of that.
I had my tonsils out at 9 years of age. Remember it like it was yesterday. I was told lots of ice cream jello etc. afterward. I could not even sip water like even a drop afterward for days. I was really ****ed. My mother said that was the first inkling she got of just how nasty I could be.
Unfortunately for me my tonsils both exploded while being removed and the mess all ran down into my stomach which made for throwing up buckets of blood etc. through a raw wounded throat.
I have no idea if you can control when you have them out if you can say when the tonsils are not all flared up? Or if yours are even flared up. I had tonsilitis pretty frequently. If possible that might help to take them out when they are healthy.
My sister had a pretty hard time getting hers out as an adult. It is a pretty dibilitating affair at best. You will appreciate the drugs...

Good luck, make some t-shirts while you are resting up.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:10 AM   #3
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

I'm assuming your probably not in bad shape to begin with, so I don't think I'd go nuts before the surgery and over do it. I would keep moderate intensity, make sure I was really well hydrated, eat well (maybe even a little more than usual), and just try to not get too stressed before the surgery. I can only believe that the less stressed you are going in, the better your recovery will be after.

As for after and what to eat, I can't really recommend a food, but I can recommend a preparation technique...get a really, really good blender. My son had some pretty severe issues swallowing when he was younger, so we invested in a Vita-mix blender. Don't remember the model number, but this thing is basically a wood-chipper with a blender pitcher attached. It blends anything....ice, whole apples, ham and beans. The thing spins so fast it will actually heat things up after awhile The users manual has recipes for soup in it.

We still use it quite a bit. My son likes when I make him an "apple pie smoothie": 1 apple (cut in half), 1 cup whole milk, cinammon granola or cereal, and some ice. I usually sneak in some protein powder and Benefiber. The blender chops it up to a very smooth, milkshake like consistency.

Good luck with the surgery and post what you do for food and rest please.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:15 AM   #4
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

THe uvula along with my soft palette and tonsils create a blockage to my air ways when I sleep. I tend to wake up feeling like a ran 400 (heart racing and out of breath). This will hopefully make that stop, I'll get some rest, my HGH and test will shoot through the roof, cortisol will drop and I will finally have a +3 bw deadlift like all the other cool kids. That and I'll be able to concentrate at work.


Great, I was just readin up on the uvula removal and it says the sleep apnea can return over the medium to long term. I need to call my doctor.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:25 AM   #5
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

THe uvula along with my soft palette and tonsils create a blockage to my air ways when I sleep. I tend to wake up feeling like a ran 400 (heart racing and out of breath). This will hopefully make that stop, I'll get some rest, my HGH and test will shoot through the roof, cortisol will drop and I will finally have a +3 bw deadlift like all the other cool kids. That and I'll be able to concentrate at work.


Great, I was just readin up on the uvula removal and it says the sleep apnea can return over the medium to long term. I need to call my doctor.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:34 AM   #6
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

james.... I am going to say that this procedure ..... HURTS. and yes its not necessarily the best answer to a person's sleep apnea as the chance of ongoing obstruction can still occur.

Are you using a cpap machine for your sleep apnea?
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:38 AM   #7
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No, a Cpap was not a suggested treatment option. But the idea of having to drag this thing around with me for the rest of my life is not palatable.

I;m reading up on the UP3 and I'm thinking **** off. THeres a Pillar procedure which is out patient and little pain. Theres tonsil removal and palate reshaping (which won;t change my voice or increase regurgitation like up3). Plus, I don;t snore, which is one of the indicators of having an over sized uvula.
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Old 11-07-2008, 09:46 AM   #8
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

should discuss cpap as its a easy option, and that is non invasive nor life changing ( cut tissue is always life changing ) and just try it for 3 months and see how your sleep is afflected.. its only going to cost you the rental of the machine vs have surgery and learning that it didnt help you

Explore and exhaust all options for deciding on ANY surgery... EVER.
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Old 11-07-2008, 10:42 AM   #9
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

who are you consulting on this procedure? a GP or ears nose and throat md?

and did you ever speak to a sleep specialist? U of P has some very noted specialist in this field. Take advantage of this type of access to knowledge.
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Old 11-07-2008, 12:13 PM   #10
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Re: Going in for surgery, need pre, mid and post ideas

I talked to a GP to heart/chest docotor to ENT. Chest and ENT sugggested surgery.
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