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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 11/10/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I'm a new member Have suffered from GERD along with oesophageal ulcering (I also have an auto immune problem) from the age of 5 (I'm now 21). Have just found out I'm having the lap nissen done on the 29th Dec as my meds don't really control it. I'm really scared and don't really know what to expect.  How long did people have to spend in hospital following the op and how long does the recovery take? I've got an office based job and have told them I'll need two weeks off work.
any advce anyone has would be great!
Allie x

Southern Star
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 11/10/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, 02Allie02, and welcome. I'm 27 and I had the lap nissen and hernia repair done on Aug. the 14th. I have had GERD for the last 8 yrs. and was on Nexium or Prilosec for all these yrs. It was not controlling it for me anymore either and I had such terrible headaches with the drugs. I was only in the hospital 1 night. The surgery was in the morning and I left shortly after lunch on the next day. I think you need to take the time to read thru these other posts if you haven't but each person is different. I didn't stay on my pain meds. for even a wk. after surgery cause I just wanted to sleep while on it and I didn't want to just sleep ALL the time. I had really bad pain from the gas but was able to deal with it. I have a physical job so I had to be off work for 6 wks. since I wasn't sposed to be doing any heavy lifting but since you have an office job you should be able to go back to work sooner if you feel good otherwise. Since you're young that should help you. I am having other issues now. I'm still having pain and shouldn't be. I go back to my surgeon tomorrow and I believe he will schedule some tests to see what's going on but over all I feel better than I did before surgery as far as the reflux goes. For me just being off the Nexium has made me feel like a new person. Hope it all goes well for you and keep us posed.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 903
   Posted 11/12/2008 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Allie, welcome to the forum; you will find a ton of information here and I would suggest you look at older posts, especially from June of 08 on. This forum got me through my extreme nervousness prior to the surgery and my recovery as well.

Generally speaking, I am not a nervous nellie, but this surgery had me scared; I was this close to cancelling, but I didn't and I have to tell you that as of today, what a great difference this surgery has made. I had my last post-op appt.; my blood work is the best it's been in 15 years! I no longer have acute pulmonary issues, although I do have permanent lung damage, I no longer cough, clear my throat, have trouble breathing. I don't have chest pain any longer, I'm sleeping better; I could go on and on.

The surgery is very typical in many respects; you have your pre-op prep and your surgery. You'll be pumped full of gas so that the organs can be elevated and provides the surgeon with a clear visual field. This gas will cause you problems gives you some significant shoulder need to walk and walk and walk, as well as chew a lot of gas-x.

Make sure you have scripts for nausea and pain; both can be significant, but it depends on the person; some have said they had minimal problems and pain.

You'll be on a very limited diet; liquids, then very soft foods (in my case for 6 weeks). You can increase foods as tolerated. Lifting is limited to 10 to 15 pounds for several months; I'm still not back to working with my trainer...can't until February. I should say too, that I had my gallbladder removed at the same time.

I'll tell you right now, the younger you are, the easier the recovery. This is major surgery and it takes time to heal. Rule of thumb is that 90% of your healing takes place in the first 8 weeks, the other 10% takes a year. For me and a lot of others, the 5 week mark was absolutely magical, but I'm 53 and everyone heals differently. (take a look at Acid Prone's remarks on "3 days post op" and you'll see what I mean)
I went back to work 1/2 time at 6 weeks, full time at 8 weeks. I work in an office but I still needed the time.

Don't be afraid to have the surgery; even with the complications that I had I would still do it's made that big a difference in my life.
Good luck!

Post Edited (LdyJane) : 11/12/2008 7:01:11 PM (GMT-7)

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 358
   Posted 11/13/2008 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I would like to add that diet, exercise and lifestyle changes can also help with Gerd. Be informed about this surgery and be prepared. I don't blame you for being scared, the recovery is hard. I can't have the surgery due to swallowing issues, but I am glad that I can't pain threshold is weak.
Take care , good luck and God bless you ...

New Member

Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 7
   Posted 11/13/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies.
Oakly - I wish mine could be controlled with lifestyle changes but I don't smoke, eat spicy or fatty foods, rarely drink alchohol and have a heathly weight. I don't think I could bear to make any more changes when I'm still so young - this already impacts on my social life far more than it should!

but everyone thanks for being honest I hadn't faced up to the fact that this was major surgery so at least I'll be better prepared now! How much weight should I expect to lose? (at least it's after xmas so I can bulk up a bit then!)

thanks a lot,
Allie x

Southern Star
Regular Member

Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 11/13/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Allie. How much weight you lose depends on how well you can or can't eat due to how tight the wrap is. I could eat pretty well, by the end of the 3rd wk. I was eating whatever I wanted. I lost 8lbs. in the first 2 wks. By now I'm 3 mo. post-op tomorrow and I've lost 12lbs. altogether, I'm actually still losing but some of that is due to I wanted to lose weight so I'm being careful, but a lot of it is I just can't eat very much, I get full VERY fast! Hope it goes ok with you.

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 11/13/2008 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   


Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum.  I am Kitt and we are all so happy to have you join us.  I have GERD but not had any surgeries, managed with meds and diet.

I see you heard from many of our wonderful members............they are the best so please keep talking to us.

Again a warm welcome,



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