Post-Nissen advice please - my wedding is 11 weeks from today!

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UKDoll
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   Posted 10/3/2009 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I found this forum while trying to find information about Nissen Fundoplication and it is wonderful to find such a great resource!
 
I am in the UK and had laproscopic Nissen fundoplication 2 and a half weeks ago. So far I have no regrets - I am healing well and have been back to work for the past week. I started back exercising (gently and low-impact) around a week after surgery - I'm just managing walking and cycling, if I try to break into a jog my insides hurt with the impact! I'm holding off any weights or exercises that put stress on the abdomen for 6 weeks at the surgeons advice. Also I won't go swimming until my incisions are completely healed!
 
So I have some questions which I'm hoping you guys can help me with. I think we have a different situation in the UK with less support post-operatively! My only issues at the moment is with bloating (which I'm hoping will diminish normally over the next few months), and with eating! Eating is the main issue - and it seems to be getting harder as the days go by. My surgeon warned that difficulty swallowing would slowly get worse for 6 weeks post-op, and then gradually get better. I am definitely finding it's getting worse - things I was eating when I got out of hospital (scrambled eggs) now get stuck. If this happens at home I usually just bend over the sink and get rid of the offending lump (sorry - TMI), but I'm nervous about eating in work! What are peoples experiences with this? Can I expect to start feeling better after 6 weeks? I was skinny to start with and I've lost 5 pounds in the last couple of weeks - I look like a skeleton!
 
Also, I have my bachelorette party (or "Hen Night" as we call it over here) coming up at 10 weeks post surgery, and my wedding at 14 weeks post surgery. I'm not going to start worrying about what food I'll be able to eat at this stage - I can cross that bridge at a later stage! However will I be able to have an alcoholic drink after 10/14 weeks? I don't want to drink excessively but the thoughts of not even being able to have a weak cocktail at my bachelorette or a glass of champagne at my wedding  makes me sad cry
 
Thanks for your help!

cowboy22
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   Posted 10/3/2009 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ukdoll I had nissen 2mths ago.I would def not be jogging at this stage.Treat your body with kids gloves .Good luck and have a happy wedding:)..

stkitt
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   Posted 10/3/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
UKDoll


Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn Forum. I am so glad you found us and I know you will be hearing from members who have had surgery as they are a wealth of knowledge.



Congrtulations on your upcoming wedding and I hope your healing process continues to go well.



Stick with us as you will find the support you are looking for right here in this wonderful forum.



Sincerely,

Kitt

mariacarole
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   Posted 10/3/2009 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi UK, I had the surgery on July 22.  I am probably a lot older than you 62 but very active.  I didn't feel close to my old self until about 6 to 8 weeks.  The eating got better and easier for me about six weeks out.  My stomach's reactions to food are still mixed after more than a couple of months.  I think it is a good idea to eat very small amounts of bland food and chew a lot.  I too, have lost weight, but needed to drop about 20 pounds.  I am starting to drink a little beer.  I just started at about 10 weeks and not every day so you should be fine for the wedding and related celebrations if your healing proceeds as mine did.  I had a bad tummy ache earlier this week, but everyone around me at work was suffering from some kind of intestinal bug, so  in hindsight, I think that was what was bothering me.  It was a scare for me though.  I really babied myself for the first 3 or 4 weeks.  The healing has been a lot slower than I would like, but I am starting to notice some positives, like more energy and more easy breathing.  The bloating has gotten better and some days are better than others.  lots of folks here reccommend gasx.  I guess it helps, but gas is still a problem especially about an hour after eating.   My intestines still don't quite react as before so they are a little unpredicatable, which is not fun especially when you are working or shopping-Yipes.  The over the counter anit-diahrreal(SP) stuff helps a lot. So I find that I have to take it once or twice a week on a bad day.  Yesterday I splurged on some junk food  (chocolate)and didn't have any reaction, "One does not live by healthy food alone"  I think you probably need to give yourself a little more time for normalization. Also, I am a worry wart and found that when I stressed things got worse.  I know how you feel-probably a little frustrated ,especially with a big life change coming.  Good luck with all you have coming up.  Let those birdesmaids take over some of the duties.  THat will separate the women from the girls!  Have a good weekend and good healing to you.  THis forum has been invaluable to me.  It really helped to read about the process others went through.  Everyone is positive and encouraging too. I had the surgery for a hernia which had become ginormous, but had few symptoms so in that way, I was fortunate, but the hernia and huge hole in the diaphram were conditions which could have led to disaster, so I am glad I had the surgery.  It was a scary decision.  THis forum was the first place I could find positive information which seemed realistic. IT is well-monitored so it is a good place to be.  At about 2 and one half months I am feeling pretty good for an old gal and looking forward to getting better each day.  I hope your experience is the same.
Mariacarole

UKDoll
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   Posted 10/4/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to all for your kind words and replies. It is good to know that things will start to turn around in the next few weeks.
 
Overall I feel I am doing well although the tiredness seems to have come back, after getting a few day of super-energy! An early night for me tonight!

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 10/5/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
hi uk doll i am from the uk to and awaiting the nissan . its great to hear you are doing ok though great news did the surgeon say you could exersise ok after a short time , thats one of my questions to ask him . also you went back to work early i noticed . which is great that you feel so good i thought it was 6-8 weeks doing nothing . im 49 so i might be a little slower will have to wait and see i am getting scared just had my pre opp and waiting for my date to come through good luck on your wedding day

UKDoll
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   Posted 10/5/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi mookiemoomoo I had the surgery laproscopically so that is why I was able to get back to work and exercise so quickly. I think if you have open surgery then you are looking at 6-8 weeks off work.

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 10/6/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
thats what they are hoping to do for me but was told 8 weeks i suppose its what you do for a job . not had letter yet keep hoping every morning my date comes through turn
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