Nissen Fundoplication Recovery

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laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/20/2011 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys I just had Nissen Fundoplication 2 days ago, and while my first day was awful because of the fact that you can't eat or drink for a whole day after the surgery before having to go for some tests, well I yesterday started with liquid and some soft diet, I can tolerate it pretty well, i have no problem swallowing, I can burp, no nausea, still some pain where the incisions are, but it have been decreasing little by little, my only one problem right now is the diarrhea and cramping which is no painful have anyone suffer with this, I don't know if it is normal. Doctors advice me that I will expect a lot of things but not diarrhea.

pegster
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   Posted 3/20/2011 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctors say your bowels will be all over the place for a few weeks. With a liquid diet you get mostly liquid stools. I didn't even have a bowel movement for the first 10 days. Right after surgery gas is usually the issue. That is probably what most of your cramping feeling is. It will get better each day. Keep us posted on your recovery.

Peggy

couchtater
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   Posted 3/20/2011 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Take you some gas-x for the gas issues. I had diarrhea for the first week from the liquid diet.
Joy

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/20/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you so much Joy to be honest I think it is too early in the recovery, but I am glad I did the surgery, just right coming out of surgery, the burning sensation in my chest and throat were totally gone. Not even when I spend a whole day without eating I had heartburn, even my surgeon was surprised, he said that he has done like 1000 of these surgeries and it is rare to see someone that has stop the heartburn so fast. He said that the majority of people still have some heartburn symptoms for like a couple of days even weeks after the surgery, but I am slightly worried about the diarrhea. I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon in 4 days so we'll see

spike1010
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   Posted 3/20/2011 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
It's good to hear that you are doing so well - good luck.

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/20/2011 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you spick1010 to be honest I was expecting way worst recovery than I am experiencing right now.

spike1010
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   Posted 3/20/2011 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I too have had quite a good recovery time, you may get some symptoms over the next few weeks but don't worry if you do because they will soon pass and its just the healing process. I have documented all my recovery on my own thread called 'nissen fundoplication'. It's there so others may get some idea of what may or may not happen.

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/20/2011 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
hi spike1010 I will read them did you also had diarrhea?

spike1010
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   Posted 3/20/2011 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have of and on and also the reverse - suffered from constipation at times - I think that the transition from liquid to soft food and then to more solid food can have an impact on all of this.

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/21/2011 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Spike1010 I guess it takes time for our stomach to get used to its new life after the surgery, today is day 3 after the surgery, the pain on my belly or my incisions is less today, but it is still there, I feel with a lot of energy, the gasses and flatulence is what bother me the most, yesterday I had diarrhea a couple of times yesterday, but today I haven't had it, so lets see how everything works. I have my first follow up appointment with the surgeon this Thursday.

dencha
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   Posted 3/21/2011 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura,

Your upper GI tract has been completely revised--your stomach has been stretched and wrapped around your esophagus, and stitched there...everything will take time to heal and adjust. Everyone is different...some don't get diarrhea, while others do. Whenever my stomach or wrap is irritated I can expect it.
Just be patient...as you heal things will straighten around.

Happy healing!
Denise

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/21/2011 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise

Thank you for your post, to be honest the healing process is not as bad as I thought it was going to be, I read horror stories before, and this forum have been a blessing, you guys talk about your recovery without alarming others, I want to thank all of you for that.

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/21/2011 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys I have to say I am still in living with soups, gelatin, yogurt, and juices, I have to say I get full very very fast, I have already lost 5 pounds and purees. I remove the bandage today, and my incisions looks good, they are itching so much, egrrrrrrrrrrr!!!, today since the afternoon I have experience some very small pain, similar to the one I was having with the reflux, I know I am only 3 days post-op but I hope that this is not the the surgery fail

spike1010
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   Posted 3/22/2011 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura,

Don't worry about the pain it's normal at the stage you are at. I remember having the same pain also, in fact at times I still do but it can be releaved with pain medicine. Take care.

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/22/2011 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
well today is my 4th day after my surgery, I am already off my pain medication, I still have some pain in my incisions and itching, but my overall stage is much better today, I have some discomfort in my chest, and some gasses and belching quite a lot. I just hope this surgery was a success. Have anyone experience heartburn pain in the post operative stage.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/22/2011 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, yes! It took a month to settle down for me.
Joy

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/22/2011 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Joy you mean that it took a month for your incisions to get better, or your heartburn pain pass after a month?

couchtater
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   Posted 3/22/2011 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My heartburn pain to pass.
The doctor told me to wean off the PPIs slowly.
When I reached the four day gap I kept having pains on the days off. I had to take tums to calm it down during this gap. It hit me again at five day gap and six day gap. Eventually it faded.
Joy

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/22/2011 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
yes I understand you, my surgeon said that it is still normal to have heartburn pain even a month after the surgery, I am just slightly scare, because I went through so much before the surgery, and I also spent a lot of money on it, which at this point doesn't matter, because my health is worth everything, but I really need this to work. Today I have been recovering my appetite, it has been the first time since the surgery that I have eat the most. To be honest even when I have been having this chest discomfort, it is not even close to the way I was feeling before the surgery. So if this is all I am going to suffer I will take it.

dencha
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   Posted 3/22/2011 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura,
Oh yes. I remember having the same fears you do. It's scary, I'll give you that. But relax...it's a normal part of healing. Your wrap is still swollen, and hasn't settled into place yet. When I questioned whether I should be worried about reflux symptoms, surgeon said, "just about anything is possible during the early stages of healing."

Also, I've heard others say that the esophagus is a "dumb organ", and interprets pain of all kinds as reflux.

The other thing that happened to me was that when I burped, liquid came up into my mouth. At first I thought it was reflux, but it wasn't. There was some water sitting at the wrap site, and it flew up into my mouth with the burp.

Everything calms down and gets working right as time passes. You're right. There are some who still have some reflux issues after surgery. Even those people are happy that their reflux isn't the severity they experiences pre-surgery!

You and so many others worry about every little twinge. It's a scary thought--going through this surgery "for nothing". That fear is unwarranted. You will do just fine!

Heal well!
Denise

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/22/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise thank you so much for your words, these forum have been the best, I have to say that right now I can tell the surgery have make a difference even when I have that discomfort. But time will tell, I have lost in 4 days 6 pounds. I will keep you guys posted about all this.

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/23/2011 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
ok 5th day post op and everything keep being the same, yesterday I had diarrhea only once instead 3 times the 2 days before, and the gasses in my stomach and bloating have improved, however I keep having this slight pain in my chest, and the belching and hiccups have increase. I am still on PPI because my surgeon said I should be on them for a month after my surgery. Yesterday I had way more appetite and I could eat more than what I was eating before, and I took my first shower after the surgery, I was kind of clearing myself after the surgery, but there is nothing like a shower. Is it normal belch so much after the surgery? I just hope that my heartburn is not coming back

couchtater
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   Posted 3/23/2011 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I remembered when I ate too fast or over ate I'd hiccupped and belch something terrible. Give it time to settle.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 3/23/2011 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Laura,
Some people don't burp at all after the surgery, and that causes lots of very painful bloating. Be thankful that you can get some of that gas out of your stomach. (Have you tried Gas-X for gas? If you can burp, it can help you get rid of it.

You probably won't always be able to burp as much as you can now. Air is slipping through the wrap...some might be due to uneven swelling. That said, I was told by my doctor that air can get out without allowing acid/food through.

I'm sure the hiccups are due to the irritation to the diaphragm from the action of the surgery. This too will pass.

Hang in there...don't forget that your wrap will become increasingly swollen and will peak at 2 weeks. Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better.

Take care,
Denise

laura_lmaxi
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   Posted 3/23/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Joy and Denise thanks for the support, I am so surprised that the air can pass through my wrap and when I take my PPi which is a Zegerid capsule it takes forever to pass, I can feel how it travels from my mouth all the way to my stomach, it is not a very pleasant feeling, but it is not horrible either, tomorrow is my first follow up with my surgeon, so lets see what does he say.
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