week 3 after pre-op roliing hiatus hernia lap. nissen fundo.

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bubbly482
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   Posted 8/15/2010 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
    hi friends,  ive recently had surgery on hiatus hernia. my surgery was  on 27th july 2010. After suffering for years with heartburn, asthmatic symptoms, acid reflux and under active thyroid i have finally had surgery. Its been a relief as i was starting to think maybe im loosing my marbles as drs. were giving me anti biotics every time i mentioned sore throat. lol. I finally did my own reseach and found out i have acid reflux. After various tests  the endescopy test discovered i have  large open rolling  hiatus hernia which could strangle left any longer. i have had lap. nissen fundo. surgery which has been successful. i have kept a very positive attitude  throughout pre-op.i feel like i have been given 2nd chance to live. i was in hospital 3 days. i was given drinks 1st day and soft foods from 2nd day. i am nearly 3 weeks into recovery. I have been eating mash potatoes, macaroni an cheese, shephards pie, any soup broth,fish fingers,  porriage, cereals which i leave soaked in milk ,ice cream,custard, toast with lots margerine and jam  etc..... I go for short walks which have also helped.

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   Posted 8/15/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am so glad your surgery went well for you and thank you for sharing your positive outcome with all.
 
It is good to read success stories as it helps our members who are considering surgery to know that many people's quality of life can be changed through surgery.

 
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   Posted 8/15/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on doing so well, Bubbly!

Don't rush back to regular foods or amounts!!!! It's great you are able to eat so many things, but keep avoiding anything sticky, bread, thick mashed potatoes, large uncoated tablet meds. If you throw up you can undo the surgery.

Walking is the best thing right now. It really helps with the gas pains and get the gut working again. Avoid bending and lifting for at least 3-4 months.

But then your doc probably told you all that.

Best wishes.
Alcie
 
 

bubbly482
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   Posted 8/15/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Alcie, Thanx for concern and advice. i really need it.I am trying to stay positive but at times i am feelin down. confused   I have been very bloated so maybe it is mashed potatoes. also i have noticed i havnt had much advice given on what foods i am supposed to eat . confused I am going to see a dietician on tuesday to get some info on eating right foods. Also will need to go for a 6 week check up. Mean time all info i have is from friends and internet.  im taking  soluble co-codomals and movicol for pain or discomfort. Im so glad i found this website wink :-) s its full of people in similar situations ...Thanx again keep in touch .  i am a 52 year old female.

bubbly482
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   Posted 8/22/2010 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear friends, Ive been to see the dietician . She said shes only got info. on before the surgery, but didnt seem to know what pre-op patients supposed to eat after surgery. She said that the soft foods i was eating were fine eaten in small portions and chewed properly. Dietician did advice me not to rush things . also not to bend down, lift weight, or do any strenuous exercise. I have been getting lots of wind which is very uncomfortable. Also i seem to get diarrhea lately doesnt matter what i eat . I am still on movicol, gripe water + cocodomals. walking helps but some days i cant be bothered cos of weather .lol... Does any other reader have any info on what foods to eat after surgery .Also when can i drive again .p.s let me know as nobody i ask seems to have the answer .... thanx again

dencha
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   Posted 8/22/2010 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bubbly,
Welcome to Healing Well! You're definitely in the right place. I had the surgery in February 2009, and also suffered with asthma made worse by reflux. I had a small hiatus hernia, so you had me beat there!

As far as eating...
If your surgeon hasn't put you on a strict diet, then he means for you to use your good sense and select foods that will work for you. My surgeon gave me this rule of thumb--eat anything that you can chew to a liquid. I loved being on that diet, because I enjoy eating, and I wasn't looking forward to drinking my meals for an extended period of time.

You will feel full without eating very much--it's very natural. The diarrhea is also very normal with the surgery...you've had your GI tract revised, and your stomach isn't happy with you. You may get some "dumping" when food goes too quickly into the small intestine, and that's a major cause of diarrhea. There's no reason to worry about it. As things heal and get straightened around, you'll get back to normal.

As Alcie said, you should stay away from bread (you can eat the crusty outside, or toast it, and you'll probably do just fine). No steaks for a while, either. My surgeon said that just because something is soft doesn't mean it will swallow easily. He said that you could get a bolus of mashed potato that causes you trouble, while something solid that is chewed carefully will be fine.

I like that my surgeon trusted me to make good and careful eating choices. Really, the world of food is opened up for you, as long as you don't swallow anything that hasn't been chewed thoroughly. If it doesn't chew to a liquid, discreetly remove it from your mouth!

My surgeon's nurse suggested that I not talk while eating--the reason was twofold. First, you might forget yourself and swallow something you shouldn't, and also, it introduces a lot of air into your stomach.

Don't use straws, (all kinds of air gets put into your stomach), and don't drink carbonated beverages. You've probably heard all those things.)

I found that stew beef, potato, onion, and carrots cooked for hours in a slow cooker came out soft and delicious. I had figured on only eating the beef flavored veggies, and found the beef to be so soft that it was easily chewed to a liquid.

Soups cooked a long time so that veggies and meat are soft, work very well. Chicken chews to a liquid pretty easily. Crackers and crispy things are easier to chew to a liquid than softer things.

If you get bloated, try Gas-X. That works for many. The walking is key...it will help you get your strength back, and get rid of the gas they filled your abdomen with when you had the surgery. If you have shoulder pain, that's one of the reasons. Walking is the best thing.

As far as driving, it think it depends on your recovery. That's a good question for your surgeon. I've heard of people who went back to work after just two weeks, although I think that is not ideal if you have the option to take longer. One friend here--Joy--went back to teaching first graders after just two weeks. God bless her! That was definitely a challenge.

So the long and short of it...get nutrition by eating foods that are easily chewed to a liquid. Take small bites and chew, chew, chew. You'll not have any problems at all if you do that.

Your attitude is great, and that's more than half the battle!
Hang around here. There are many who have gone through the Nissen surgery and recovery, so we'll help as much as we can.
Take care and feel well!
Denise turn

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   Posted 8/22/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on liquids for three weeks. I had a very strict doctor.
Then soft foods for three more weeks. I didn't eat solid foods until six weeks mark and then I ate only food I could chew very well.

It was hard to go back at two weeks. I wished I'd done half days for a week then instead of full time.
I was driving at day ten, but then I hadn't had pain meds for five days then. I went shopping that day with my mom for two hours. She pushed the buggy and the walking helped with the gas.
Joy

bubbly482
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   Posted 12/15/2010 9:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi friends, I had nissan fundloplication 5 months ago. I am feeling a lot better but I honestly cant say I am 100% recovered. Although I dont suffer from heartburn and acid reflux now which is a relief I still seem to have a sore throat esp. every morning. Some days I have it all day irratating, hoarse like something stuck in it. I have had anti biotics once since op. cos I refuse to take anymore. lol. I gargle with salt and warm water every morning . Tke cough lozenges, sweets etc. to sooth throat but just cant get rid of irration . Ive tried sipping water, ice cubes what anyones says I try but still suffering. I have even been told it cud be inhalers drying the throat in which case am rinsing mouth every time i do inhalers. I am eating most foods now which i chew and chew. I dont take spicy foods often just in case my throat gets worse.. I always seem to be clearing my throat which is so annoying. doctors just look at me as to say im making a fuss of such a minor thing. p.s anyone got any tips or remedies which would help. also anybody else with similar problem after operation as i am sarting to feel stressed and down . The other problem is wind I still get a lot of it although i take small bites of food and chew it to liquid b4 swallowing... p.s help .

couchtater
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   Posted 12/15/2010 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
You might be getting a little reflux. Sometimes the food gets stuck at the wrap and causes mild reflux. This usually happens when the wrap is a little tight. Try drinking lots of room temperture water to flush out the food after eating.
Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 12/15/2010 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
There's no guarantee that we won't have to take acid reducing medication after fundoplication. You might ask your doctor if that would advisable.

Gas (wind) is generally from maldigestion. Especially after fundo it seems some of us seem to have trouble with it. You might try avoiding complex carbohydrates, sugars, soluble fiber, and artificial sweeteners. There are lots of carb-related foods and ingredients we can't digest but the bacteria in our gut can. Look up lists of "gassy foods." I don't have to say avoid carbonated beverages, do I?

If the problems get too bad you can ask for a barium swallow to find out if the wrap is where it belongs. I had a wrap due to a paraesophageal hernia, and after a brief vomiting episode now it's partly above the diaphragm. If my symptoms get too bad I'll need a re-do.
Alcie
 
 

bubbly482
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   Posted 12/17/2010 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks friends for the supportive replies I have had. I went to see my dr. today about my sore throat as it seems to be affecting my voice. Aso had high temperature for last few days . I have been given anti-biotics for a week as i might have a viral infection. Also going to be referred to E.N.T at hospital to see throat specialist as ive had sore throat too long. As for wind problem i have to take gaviscon straight after eating meals and start walking about . For example start clearing table , lifting dishes etc. so i have to go in out of kitchen several times . By walking about hopefully should help ! Lol... I will keep yous posted how I get on . Thanx again for concern....
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