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GERD GIRL
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   Posted 2/9/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what happened to my post. Sorry if this gets posted twice, I'm new and learning.

I'm having Nissen Fundoplication of January 26, 2009 and am scared to death of the post op diet. Can anyone enlighten me?

GERD GIRL
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   Posted 2/9/2009 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
See how nervous I am, surgery is February 26!

picklepuss
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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Gerd Girl.

You have every right to be nervous after all it is a surgery and after the surgery you need to be careful what you eat.

The biggest thing I can stress to you is chew chew chew and go slow when your eating. You will want to start out with soft, pureed, or liquid things. Soups, scrambled eggs, baby food, yogurt and such. My doctor puts it this way, anything you can put in your hand and it would run through or if you made a fist it would squish through with out a problem is pretty much good.

While I was able to eat mashed taters another fellow post op guy was not able to eat them. I think it is so different for each person so it's going to be trial and error for you as well. If something seems to be getting stuck, stop eating,don't panic and take small sips of liquid to help it go down. Thats how I deal with it.

Just use your good sense and take it slow and easy. Your body will tell you whats right and wrong. You will be surprised how things will come along just fine and before you know it you will be back to eating pretty much normal but WITHOUT all the gerd issues wink

Keep us posted. Take care, Teala


emmamia
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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gerd Girl

I am having my surgery on feb 18th and this is also one of my concerns....I will let you know how things go for me after my surgery.

Sarah

GERD GIRL
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   Posted 2/9/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Teala and Sarah,

Just to hear from someone who's had the surgery or is having it is wonderful. Thank you both for responding. Teala, I'm sure Sarah and I will both benefit from your input. Again, my many thanks. GERD GIRL

picklepuss
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   Posted 2/9/2009 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Gerd Girl- your very welcome and if there is any other questions you want to ask feel free to do so. I'm pleased to be able to help if I can.
I'm 3 weeks post op today for my Nissen redo and my healing is progressing slowly but surely. You and emmemia will be pleasantly surprised how quickly your body will try to heal it's self after this surgery.
It's awesome to be able to speak with other's that have the same issues as you do and find out different ways to deal with them.
 
Take care, Teala

GERD GIRL
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   Posted 2/10/2009 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Teala,

If you don't mind my asking, how come you had to have a redo?

GG

picklepuss
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   Posted 2/10/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   

Gerd girl- My first wrap slipped which may have been caused by the doctor not repairing a paraesophageal hernia that I had.

So my redo also involved a large hernia repair which has made my recovery slower of course. The first wrap healed rather quickly and I was back to eating pretty much normal things in about two months or so with absolutely no regurgitating or heart burn. Just making sure that food was well chewed and taking time to eat. After years of Gerd issues the Nissen was a blessing to me.

After your surgery be sure to do your deep breathing and use the little breathing machine they should send you home with from the hospital. Also one other tip that has been my experience anyhow, sit all the way up to eat or drink. I had troubles if I did either at an incline. You should also stay on top of your nausea and have anti nausea meds on hand when you get home. I was pretty much constantly feeling nauseous so I took my meds round the clock to avoid heaving which they do not want you to do.

Take care, Teala



GERD GIRL
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   Posted 2/11/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Teala,

What did you do about taking pills immediately after surgery? I have high blood pressure meds I have to take and am concerned about that.

picklepuss
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Gerd Girl- I also am on a pill I take daily for migraines so after the surgery they would give me my meds by IV and then as I progressed they gave me pills crushed and put into apple juice.

You will need to crush all your meds that are pill form for a while after the surgery. I take childrens ibuprofen cause it is liquid form so I don't have to bother with crushing those. Any time you can get the medicine you need in liquid makes it a lot easier to take, at least for me it is cause I gag rather easy.

Make sure that you have your medicine put down on your chart so they know you have high blood pressure. They will make sure you get what you need, plus they are taking your blood pressure in the hositpal like every 2 hours so you will be fine ; )

Have a great day, Teala

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