Nissen Surgery

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plastormie
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   Posted 1/20/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Just had the nissen surgery done two weeks ago and am very scared and depressed. I think my life will never be the same as it used to be. I used to love to go out to eat with family and now i don't see the point in the future if i will only be able to eat a couple bites the rest of my life.  I'm very depressed and wish i had never done this. The surgery caused a bowel obstruction and infection, they said sometimes the bowls get sluggish and won't work so i ended up back in the hospital with a tube down my nose into my stomache for 4 days to decompress it. that was awful and painful. Now that i am home i feel weak and tired of eating soft foods like scrambled eggs, when i really want is a taco. I have lost 8 pounds but i really don't want to loose any more and that scares me too. I still have a tightness around my middle and up under my rib cage and that scares me too. Any advice will be helpful.
Just had the nissen surgery done 2 weeks ago today and am very unsure of what the future holds. I'm afraid of never being able to go out with the family and have lunch or dinner with them due to i cant eat hardly anything. Don't know if this is temporary or a life time change i will have to live with.  So far it has been very depressing and scarey for me. Any help or advice is appreciated.


opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/21/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Stormie-
Thought I'd welcome you to Healing Well formally...Welcome to the "wrapped club" also.
You asked about this being reversible, yes it is with the right surgeon. Most of the surgeons tell people it isn't because they don't want to or don't have the experience to do it. That fits in with them telling people that redos have to be done as an open procedure, also not true with the right surgeon.
That tightness will probably hang on a wile as things heal and especially the left rib area can be very tender for a long time. That is normal depending on how much they had to manipulate that spot and hoe close to the ribs they put that one.

Take care,
Bill

plastormie
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   Posted 1/21/2010 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill, for the welcome and information you have provided. I'm not as depressed today, I think cuz i feel more informed, and not alone. I appreciate that very much! I'm glad you are doing better and hang in there also. I guess if it ever comes undone i could just tell them to put it back like it used to be? I do know that my surgeon told me that mine was one of those that looked worse than it was and therefore he didn't have to actually cut away any of my stomache to do the wrap around, so maybe later that will work in my favor if need be. I'm looking forward to seeing the doctor tomorrow and asking alot of questions and maybe next week I'll be able to eat something more than just soup and scrambled eggs. LOLOL
 Stormie


Alcie
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   Posted 1/21/2010 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Stormie

Hang in there kiddo. It takes 3 months to heal after any major surgery, and you had a complication. I'm just getting there and still can't eat quite normally, although it's been getting better all along.

At least you are eating soft food after only two weeks! I was still on full liquids at that point.

Read the threads at the top of the forum main page. There's lots of info there.
Alcie
 
 


couchtater
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   Posted 1/21/2010 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried vienna sausages? They are very mushy and they give you that meat satisfaction you crave. They were my first meat.

Joy

dencha
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   Posted 1/21/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stormie,
Don't worry about the eating. You're just at the beginning stages of healing, and it will take some time, but you'll be back to your normal eating, don't worry. I actually have just gone back to Weight Watchers, because I gained TOO much weight, and it hasn't even been a year since my surgery.

My surgeon said that I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid, and that worked great for me. That's actually pretty much anything. You'll know as you chew if it's going to be liquid...if not, have a napkin handy. Take small bites, though. I'm happy he gave me that instruction, rather than soft or liquids (I was able to eat anything after seeing him 5 days post op). It's so much more satisfying eating real food.

Bread is bad, but toast is easy to chew. My husband and I go out to eat a lot, and yes...I couldn't eat much for the first couple of months, but I went anyway. A bowl of soup from Olive Garden lasted me several meals when I brought it home. Crackers go down very easy and chew to a liquid with no problem.

We went on vacation at the four month mark, and I was able to eat anything I wanted, and my portions were fairly normal. It takes time, but if you can relax and let it happen, you'll be just fine. The more you fight the process, the harder it will be for you.

Remember, you've got post surgical swelling of the wrap right now (it peaks at 2 weeks). My surgeon said that the reason we feel so full so quickly is the swelling. The stomach interprets it as fullness. Wow, it sure does!

Hang in there, Stormie. You'll do just fine.
Stay around this forum and you'll get lots of answers, support, and encouragement!
Take care and have a great night.
Denise

plastormie
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   Posted 1/21/2010 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone, for the advice. I haven't tried any meat yet, i'm waiting another week then i'll try some vienna sausage and thought i'd try some can tuna with just a little mayo, but no bread. Something different to add to my list of tasty foods. LOL i do back to the doctor tomorow and will ask alot of questions, i will share the answers with you tomorrow. Thanks for reassuring me that i will get through this , just need time to heal and i miss being my old self on the go and busy.
 Stormie


plastormie
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   Posted 1/21/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise, I'm glad you told me that i will eventually be able to eat more and of what i like. I too used to go out to eat with family alot and it seemed now that i would never do that again, but you just gave me new hope. And funny you should mention your trip, cuz my son bought me a cruise to Mexico in may and i was wondering if i would be able to go by then or eat anything good, but you made me feel like it will work out and be ok by then, especially if i take it easy these first months. And i did not know that i feel so full because of the swelling at the wrap, now that makes sense and explains why i feel so full after i eat, good to know that will get better too. Sounds like you are doing great and have lots of good advice, i'm happy for you that you are doing so well, gives me new hope.
 Stormie


mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 1/24/2010 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
hi im annother 4 week post op . just to let you know its still earlly days for you . i can eat a little more if i chew really well . keep your chin up ley us know what your doc says i go in 2 weeks to see minwe good luck ps i am going out for my first meal on tues will let you know how i go on
Michelle


couchtater
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   Posted 1/24/2010 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck, Michelle.
I haven't got the guts to eat out yet. Bread and beef are still hard to chew.

Joy

plastormie
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   Posted 1/24/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear you are doing well michelle! hope all goes well for you when you go out to eat. And good luck at your appt. My followup was with a nurse practioneer, and she said i didn't need to come back unless i have problems. Kinda made me feel like they just kicked me to the curb so soon after a major surgery. But i guess i can make another appt. if things get rough. Today has been a good day, i ate more noodles and i tested myself and ate them without making them all totally mush, just half mush. LOLOL And they still went down ok, and i didn't eat too much though, so maybe the swelling is finally going down some. Best wishes
 Stormie


dencha
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   Posted 1/24/2010 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stormie,
Don't get too frisky with the not chewing completely. You might find yourself feeling like you've gotten something stuck. If you do feel that way, though, don't panic. Just keep drinking water/warm tea until it makes its way through your wrap. Whenever that happened to me, my wrap would be irritated for a couple of days, and when I drank water, it would feel like it was draining through the wrap slowly. You'll be ok, though.

You can really go out to eat as soon as you feel up to it. You have to be very careful what you eat. I'd suggest ordering water and hot tea, so you've got something to wash things down if need be. I can remember going to an Italian restaurant with my family. I ate little pieces of crust off the breadsticks. I ordered a half order of crepe manicotti, and only ate a bit of that. My youngest son complained that I acted anorexic, which is pretty much the way it looked. Nibbles, tiny bites, and very little fit in my stomach. Still, it was fun to go out and enjoy the social aspect of the experience. Actually chewing and chewing and chewing pretty much satisfies my need to eat...even though I couldn't eat much, I had a great time. I always brought the leftovers home and ate them for several days afterward.

I don't know if I told you about my experience with slow cooker/stew. An acquaintance who'd had the wrap done two years earlier, was concerned that I get nutrition into me, and suggested making stew in the crock pot. Then I could enjoy the beef-flavored potatoes, onions, and carrots with no trouble. Well, I found that I could eat the beef as well. It was cooked so long that it was very easy to chew to a liquid. It was yummy, so if you've got a hankering for beef, that might be a way to satisfy that urge.

Don't go trying not to chew it all the way to liquid, though!

Happy eating!
Denise
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