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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 10/21/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Had the nissen done 10/13...and I must say that I'm very suprised at my recovery.  I've read numerous accounts of people really having a tough time with this surgery, and I sympathize with those of you that have struggled.  My surgery went well.  Had pain from incision sites, but never really had the shoulder/gas pain at all.  I went home from the hospital 24 hours after surgery...ate a lot of pudding and chocolate shakes the first couple of days.  Went to work for four hours on Friday (10/17) and am back full time as of yesterday (10/20).  I do feel a little weak, but not really all that bad.  I was able to eat a lot of different things on Friday (10/17), including pasta, an egg roll, and even a couple peanut butter cups (yum).
The best part of the whole deal is that I don't have any signs of reflux...I'm finally able to sleep lying down at night!  No medication at all!  As of today I've only lost about 4 pounds since the surgery.  I guess I'm one of the fortunate ones...

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 70
   Posted 10/21/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
smilewinkgrin  Wow! That is awesome! I am calling today to schedule my fundoplication surgery and I have been very nervous reading some of the post. I have Barretts and a non working LES and will be very glad to hopefully move forward with a more normal life. Hey, could I be so bold to ask how old you are? I am 46. I thought maybe you are very young and that is why you had such a quick recovery.
Thanks for your post of encouragement,

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 10/21/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I just turned 30...so I guess you could say I'm relatively young.  I must say I had some of the same reservations about the procedure as you do, but I couldn't live the way I was for much longer...I had to do something.  The surgeon said optimistically I could plan on being back to work in about 10 days, so I feel very fortunate to be where I am. 

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Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 903
   Posted 10/21/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations Mugsy!! It's wonderful that you are doing so well! I am one of those who had a rough recovery, but I am now 13 weeks post-op and the difference in how I feel is enormous!

Amo, I'm 53, (52 when I had the surgery) and yes, it seems that the younger you are the easier the recovery; saying that, the results of my surgery are, in fact, life changing and as difficult as my recovery was, I would do it again.

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