post op day 3 lap nissen

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kittymama
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   Posted 12/20/2009 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah I enjoyed reading all your comments about your LNF surgery.  Thank you,  I learned that some of my problems are common after LNF surgery.   I think if I would of read this before the surgery I would not of gotten it done(I would of been scared of what if's).  However, talking with my doctor about my particular symptoms, GERD, regerging in my sleep, constant heartburn with water and food, medication not helping, made my decision much easier.  Now on day 3 I have none of my symptoms. Thank God!   My side effects from surgery...slight tenderness from the incisions(no big deal), tightness when swallowing (has gotten easier), chest and shoulder tightness, like an anxious can't breath feeling ( has subsided from 100% post surgery to 40% (getting better), my belching, gas and bloating after eating I now know are normal side effects (I will experiment with eating slower and sipping on water as I eat)( again no big thing compaired to the old heartburn).  Oh..an interesting thing I found out was that I had been on the prescription PPI's for almost 10 years and found that they caused my side effects of throat growths and an increase in my osteopenia.  Over the past 10 yearsI did do the EDG x 3, removal of growths x2 and manometer x2.  I have also seen several doctors, and they never said anything about this procedure (I don't think they even did the LNF) I feel very grateful that I was led to this wonderful doctor that has a special skill in performing this procedure.  I thank God for leading him to me.  Anyone suffering from heartburn knows the struggle they face.  They have to weight all the criteria available in their particular situation and interview doctors until they feel confident that the doctor treating them has the best skill to perform the LNF surgery. Have a blessed day. Kittymama

stkitt
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   Posted 12/20/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn Forum.



I am so glad your surgery has been successful and you are feeling better already. It is so kind of you to post here and share your story with the members of this great forum.



We love to read the positive outcomes and we are always here to support all members so please do stick with us and if you see a thread that you feel you want to respond to please do.



Again welcome aboard and consider yourself a member of the Wrapped Club.



Kitt

dencha
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   Posted 12/20/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kittymama,
Your great post-op attitude will go a long way towards your recovery! Congratulations on becoming a member of the "Wrapped Club"! Don't be surprised or alarmed if your swallowing gets more difficult as you move towards the two week mark. The swelling increased until that point, then begins to subside after that. There are lots of little issues that can come up as well...If you have anything at all that concerns you, just shoot us a post, and we'll try to share our own experiences with you.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
Take care,
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 12/20/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
You're just what I need to hear with my LNP on Tuesday.
God bless you.

Joy

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/21/2009 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
great to hear this mines on wed thanks you just came at the right time angel

mariacarole
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   Posted 12/29/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All, I am on Christmas break and hope everyone is enjoying the holidays.  I had my surgery in July (Nissen) and this group was soooo helpful.  I still have good and bad days with digestion and gas, but have lost about 25 pounds, which was just about right. Some shoulder pain if I overdo things like exercise and stressful situations.  I have recently found that beano before meals works better for me than gasx and I started taking a bifidus balance that is for regulating intestinal bacteria(the good kind).  Just over the counter from the drug store or health food store, I don't remember where they came from.  It really helped almost seems miraculous if it is not just a coincidence.  My daughter is a dietitian and recommended I try it since I was still having some major discomfort etc.  I feel almost normal now.  Not a real pleasant topic, but the thing I have had the most trouble with since surgery.  Occasionally, I would have a great deal of pain and and gas and diarrhea that would really take me out for a while.  Much better now.  I hope it continues to do the trick for my insides.  Sorry about all the graphic stuff, but maybe it will help someone else.  We're all in the same boat here more or less.  Hope everyone has a great new year.  Let's hope that the new decade brings some marvelous developments.  Things can only get better. I hope!   Those of you having surgery- take it easy and be nice to yourselves.  Happy New Year.
Mariacarole 

Good Days
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   Posted 12/30/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   

kittymamma,

Glad you are doing so well, hope everything is still on the plus side.

Your attitude is great and you did your research on the surgeon, these 2 things make all the difference in how you react to the surgery.

You will have smooth sailing I am sure.  Just don't try to overdo the eating thing and you should be fine.

Hugs to all you December wrappers.

Jayne


stkitt
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   Posted 12/30/2009 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Kittymama, you rock !

mariacarole,
Thank you for the update and I am glad to hear you are doing well and have a great support system at home.

Happy New Year to All,

Kitt

em_'84
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   Posted 1/12/2010 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
This website was just what I needed! I had been doing a lot of online researching before I had my Nissen done and was freaking myself out a little bit about the procedure. Not enough to not have it done though. I pretty quickly realized that people most likely to post were those who had had negative experiences and that many of these people had either other underlying medical conditions or had the procedure done years and years ago, but that didn't entirely make me feel better. Then I found a few posts on this forum and, miracles of miracles, there were actually people talking about their success with the surgery!

I had my Nissen done five days ago on last Thursday and I haven't quite decided if it was a huge success yet, I think I'm still too early in the healing process to make that distinction, but I have high hopes. I was in the hospital for 2 1/2 days which stunk but was unfortunately necessary. The morning after my surgery they started me on a soft diet and that night I spent 6 hours dry heaving, excruciatingly painful after having the Nissen done! They put me back on the full liquid diet and thankfully I haven't had any more episodes like that. Now I'm just a little paranoid to start eating a soft diet. I've gone as far as a thinned mashed potato!

Things seem to be going well. The incisions are healing well, most of the bloating is gone, and I've been able to move around fairly easily, more and more everyday. My biggest physical pain is occasional sharp pains that come and go in my shoulders. I think that may be remaining gas from the procedure. Can it really still be hanging around 5 days after surgery?

My biggest hurdle, like most people it seems, is food. I've already lost almost 8 pounds. I knew that I would likely lost weight, but I'm a little worried that this trend will continue. I eat several times a day, although not much at any one time. I'm just not hungry, and like I said before, after my issue at the hospital, I'm paranoid about over doing it again.

For those of you who are farther out from this procedure, what have been your food experiences? Is a week a reasonable time to be on a full liquid diet? Any good suggestions for my foray into the world of "soft foods"?

couchtater
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   Posted 1/12/2010 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was on a liquid diet for two weeks per doctor's orders: Chicken or beef broth, sugar free jello, sugar free pudding, protein drinks. My first solid food was very thin grits. Last week I started sampling more solid foods mushy foods you would feed a baby: vienna sausages, pinapple, thicker grits. I've slowly added more and more solid foods.

Tonight was my first solid meal, but I think I over did it. I was so hungry I ate five chicken strips and some fried taters. Yum! But I'm feeling very full. Ohhhhhhh!

Joy

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/12/2010 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy-
Ummmmm that's way too much at once! Go easy there my friend. Don;t expect it to hurt anything, but sure won;t feel very good. Glad you are eating solid foods though. Just please be careful.

Em-
Welcome to the forum and the "wrapped club"! Did you get any anti nausea meds from your surgeon? If not you may want to get some. I know from way too much experience.

Take care,
Bill

em_'84
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   Posted 1/12/2010 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill-
I did come home from the hospital with some anti-nausea meds, thank goodness. I haven't had to use them too often, but it's a comfort knowing that I have them at hand! The full liquid diet is going well, I think I may try something like eggs after my one week mark if tomorrow goes well. Hopefully I won't be sprinting the stairs for my anti-nausea meds!

I know everyone is a little different in their recovery, but how long were you on a liquid diet?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/13/2010 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Em-
I never was on a liquid diet, well not after the first day anyhow. With both of mine I wasn't allowed much the first day and then I was allowed to eat anything soft I wanted once they knew nothing was leaking. The only thing they told me to stay away from was non toasted breads and meats (beef) for a few weeks. Other than that if I felt like it and chewed really well I could have anything I wanted. Somethings that you wouldn't think would be hard to get down can be tricky. Like mashed potatoes, they can pile up at the wrap and be difficult to get through.

Take care,
Bill

Good Days
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   Posted 1/13/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Em,
 
I was on full liquid diet, soft food the day after I came home from the hospital.  Did not try eggs, they are soft but I don't like runny scrambled eggs.  I ate a lot of oatmeal.  Small indiviual packages are about the right amount.  They are very filling.  Used the blender to process other foods.  The next week, went back to Dr. and was given green light to eat anything.  He did tell me to wait about 8 weeks before trying steak.  Also no carbinated drinks for at least that long.
 
Good luck.
Jayne

couchtater
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   Posted 1/13/2010 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, Bill, I found out that was too much. I just have no control when it comes to Zaxby's.
I didn't realize I had eaten too much until it was all gone and my stomach started hurting.
I'm behaving now.

Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 1/15/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
When you go out to eat post-op there's a secret to having all your meal and not overdoing it: ask for a take-out box at the beginning of the meal and put into it all but what you know in your mind you can tolerate. You'll avoid being as tempted to eat too much and you can enjoy the rest in small portions at home the next day or two or three.

Be careful what you order! I know I still can't eat anything tough after almost 3 months!
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 1/16/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, burgers are a no-no right now for me. Also soft breads.

Joy
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