At 6:00 I was awakened, I slept well during the night, thanks to the 1mg Temesta. I had a 1/2 hour time left for the morning toilet. At 06:30 I received a relaxation pill. I only noticed that I became quiet, but I’m not asleep. At 06:45 2 nurses have picked me up and brought me into the operation room. I was once more asked by my name, date of birth and why I am here, security check!
Then I was put on the operating table and wired, placed the infusion a venous catheter and thus also the input for the anesthetic syringe. On the face they placed me an oxygen mask so that the lungs are filling up properly with oxygen. The anesthetic equipment controls based on my height and weight automatically the necessary amount of anesthesia. Monitored by a headband which measures the brain waves, thus indicating how deep I sleep. They also injected me a painkiller. Because the esophagus does not have as many pain-sensitive regions, I received a relatively small amount. Now came the anesthetic syringe. I felt like the drug went up the arm, I felt dizziness in my head, no pain, it was not unpleasant and I was already gone, sweet dreams.
2 hours later, according to plan, I woke up in the recovery room. My wife was already present. I was not bad, I felt no pains, no signs of dizziness, maybe a little sleepy still. As the anesthesia physician told me later, I opened my eyes in the operating room as soon as the anesthesia was turned off. The breathing tube was removed, I myself moved from the operation table over to my bed. All this I can not remember at all, amazing!
In the recovery room I had to stay about 6 hours. The monitors have monitored my overall condition. All clear. I had no pain. At most if I moved a bit, I felt like a muscle ache in the abdomen, as if you train too hard. I was very relieved that everything went so well, my wife too.
Both of my surgeons, Prof. H. Inoue and Prof. Seewald came by to ask how I feeld. I wanted to find out more how the surgery went, “… everything was on schedule” they answerd. The muscle was very strong and Prof. Inoue had to cut several times. But the technology has been victorious in the end. It was a sign that the muscle has developed a lot of strenght and therefore I had always again the same problems of dysphagia even after balloon dilatation.
After the 6 hours in the recovery room, I could go back to my room, where it was much quieter. I have received infusion, antibiotics, painkillers and acid blockers (Pantozol). I think the painkillers were not really necessary, but they help to obtain a general sedative. Eating as well as drink was still not allowed, I must still have a little patience. I felt absolutely no side effects. At night, I once believed to have a fever, but when the temperature was measured, it was 36.3 degrees celsius, absolutely normal.
I survived the first day much better than I could have imagined.