Have you had diaphragm plication?
I am 56, was involved in a car crash Jan 2012. Eventually diagnosed as unilateral diaphragm paralysis. Appeared to be recovering, but following heavy flu, recovery died off and went back to almost the start. I live in the UK. The support has been great, I've been assessed, scanned and measured numerous times. Despite having asthma, I was very fit; running marathons and playing regular football (soccer) still to a decent standard. Obviously all that is gone. I am OK walking about but can't run and can get out of breath speaking. The surgeon has lined me up for plication. Naturally I'm cautious. I am aware of the stated benefits, improved capacity etc,. He has outlined some of the dangers; a 5-10% chance of permanent pain caused by any damage to nerves around the ribs during surgery being the most daunting. There seems very little feedback from people who have had it done. Is there any personal experience either way while I still have the power to change the decision? Also has anyone had any effective alternatives? I am very uncertain about how effective it really is, how much pain is involved, what recovery times and processes are like, how (if at all) it affects later life.
Everything I read about Dr Kaufman in NJ seems marvellous and I so wish there was something similar here. I am desperately grateful though that there is not the financial pressures caused by medical costs here. Dare I ask how much such surgery costs in the US?
Thanks everyone, this is rather an isolating and unknown condition, a community such as this is a powerful tool to inform and support.