post op nissan fundoplication surgery

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jocog
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   Posted 10/15/2013 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
hi there just wanting some advice from those who have had Nissan Fundoplication surgery. I had the surgery done 16 th September due to long term problems with reflux and vomiting up food constantly. during  this time I have suffered oesphagitus and glandular mucosa. I feel as if im being a bit inpatient with recovery but there are few things im concerned about and wondered if any could advise me. Since surgery I have had constant abdominal pains and the runs which I am told is normal. However I was given strong medication Tramadol but had to stop taking this as it was making me want to vomit when I asked if I could take anti sickness medication I have been told I will interfere with the procedure done so unable to have any. I have been told to be on fluid diet for six weeks and then on a puree diet. I have been given protein drinks I can only manage about two mouthfuls then in pain and reflux it back up still coughing up mucus also I am concerned is this normal if any one could give me advice it would be really appreciate. Its really getting me down at the moment. Thanks turn

marko99
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   Posted 10/15/2013 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I had Nissen Surgery on 9-10-13 so today is week 5 post op, puts me about a week ahead of you. I stopped my PPI's meds the day before surgery and unfortunetly still have LPR symptoms daily with throat clearing and a rattle feeling in my upper chest.
I hate to sound negative but I'm not dancing on the tables yet. I am eating a wider range of foods now without things getting stuck. guess that is a positive.
As for your abdominal pain, I get really bad stomach aches after I eat some foods, and my bowels are still not normal.
So I'm a week ahead of you post op. and feeling kind of like you do.
Good luck to all of us. Life is wonderful.
Nissen Surgery 9-10-13

jocog
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   Posted 10/15/2013 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks will u keep in touch of how u get on its just nice to speak to someone who is going through them same thing and understands my first post op check up with the consultant is not till 19th November the joys

StephanieJean
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   Posted 10/15/2013 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my nissen on August 9th! The healing takes a long time. Its hard to be patient, especially when you dont know what your new normal feels like.
Feel free to ask me anything!

Roger D.
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   Posted 10/15/2013 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Had Fundo 18 months ago and still have slight stomach discomfort after eating. It is nowhere near what it was at 6 or 10 weeks. No LPR but I am still on a GERD diet. I will probably be on a GERD diet for the rest of my life. Stopped double dose PPis the day before surgery; I have to take Dexilant (PPI) occasionally for heartburn but not often. All in all the fundo did help; just not as much as I had expected. My point is that it takes time and lots of it to heal so be very, very patient. Good luck to all.

stkitt
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   Posted 10/15/2013 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Here are a couple of links to two of our member's journals and most members find tons of good info as well as support from reading these journals.
 
Denise's Nissen Fundoplication Surgery:
My Forum Journal

 
 
Bill's "My journey through nissens and esophageal tear"  
 
 
Kindly,
Kitt

~~Kitt~~
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GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



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jocog
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   Posted 10/15/2013 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks everyone its comforting knowing I can talk to other people about it. what is the average time to be on liquid diet then puree diet my consultant said I had to be on liquid diet for six weeks then to go puree diet

lajenner
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   Posted 10/15/2013 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the nf on 9/10, I'm 5 weeks post-op now. I was never on a liquid diet, I was sent home from the hospital with instructions to chew well. It was easier to blend early on.

I have to be careful about eating too much, as I get a belly ache. I also get gas, but gasx helps some. I'm still not regular, either loose stools or constipation.

Here is a link to my day by day progress, I hope it helps:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2847294


It all takes time. I struggle with patience, but I'm trying. Good luck!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/16/2013 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
jocog

Welcome to Healing Well amd the Wrapped Club.

First off anti nausea meds won't do anything to your recovery except stop you from dry heaving. Dry heaving is very bad for the wrap.

I have had a script for phenergan since mt 1st nissen in '06. I keep a few with me at all times just in case. I would ask them again for it and if they won't budge ask your PCP.

If you are in pain your surgeon should be doing something about it. Pain can stop you from staying properly hydrated and fed. Be your own advocate about this and don't take no for an answer.

I'll be willing to write your doctor for you if they won't properly take care of this. And yes, after care and instructions are a huge pet peeve of mine following this surgery.

My email is available if you need more extensive answers.
Also eating a 1/4 to 1/2 cup per meal about 4 to 8 times a day is the best way to eat following this surgery during recovery. This recovery is also a fairly long one and patience is a must
Take care,
Bill devil
opnwhl4
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Post Edited (opnwhl4) : 10/15/2013 11:23:50 PM (GMT-6)


jocog
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   Posted 10/30/2013 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
hi thanks for the reply bill i am in week 6 now since operation i had nissan fundoplication surgery plus hiatus hernia repair. I am still in considerable pain on the left hand side when taking fluids and get really bad spasms when going to the toilet havent felt pain like it before my fluid intake is minimal it will be 9 weeks after op when i have my first post op appointment with consultant i feel a bit concerned as some people who have posted on here have felt ok after a couple of weeks and have been able to consume a lot more than i can. Am i being inpatient or should i be concerned :-)

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/31/2013 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
jocog

Everyone heals differently, but the left side incision just under your ribs can be a problem for quite some time.

I have had the spasms when going to the head myself before and it went away with time. It seemed to go hand in hand with the left side incision pain.

I think a big reason for the difference in recovery time has a lot to do with how much your surgeon has to do, how skilled they are, and how much damage from the reflux you have.

6 weeks is still pretty early in the recovery.

Take care,
Bill devil
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn, Kidney disease

Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 8/24/11

jocog
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   Posted 11/14/2013 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
just a quick question is there consultants available to speak to on here who have performed hernia repairs and Nissan fundoplication surgery that are contactable on here thanks in advance

Cat2008
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   Posted 11/14/2013 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all. I am a new member. Had my fundoplication on 9/27. Reading your posts have given me hope. I have been incredibly depressed about this. I had no idea that this was so life altering. I have Barret's with high grade dysplasia and after two ablations was told that they had to do this or face cancer...of course I agreed. I was told I would be fine in a couple of weeks. Imagine my surprise when I was told only fluids and puréed food for the next 8 weeks. So far, no one has told me that I can eat solid food....have calls into both the surgeon and laser GI...no response yet. My coughing has greatly improved, the constant burn is gone, but I have good days and bad. Have been petrified...but feel better now...your posts have helped. I am not alone.
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