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
Thanks for your help!