Today is 04/07/2012, I had a Diaphragm Plication done on 02/16/2012 and got my life back! OMG a new me! I do not use my cane, I walk on a treadmill (for 2 weeks now) 5 times a week and up to 4 miles @ 2.7 MPH. When I started I could only do a 1/2 mile after surgery. Yep I have my life back now! Feels darn good to breath!
ONLY one question I have, How many Diaphragm Plications are being done a year in the USA?
Among thoracic surgical procedures, plication of the diaphragm is not rare. I was able to find numerous reports of series in the 20-30 range, some with long term follow-up. With a proper candidate (for this procedure) and a proper selection process, there are many reports of outcomes similar to yours, 5-10 years after surgery.
The key for a patient contemplating this procedure is to first have an evaluation by a (non-surgical) pulmonary specialist to confirm that the indication criteria for this procedure having been met the likelihood of a good outcome is high. Second, I would seek consultation with a surgeon who has had experience with the procedure and data showing good outcomes.
I am delighted to hear of your good fortune, with this surgery.
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