Weight Loss/diet post Nissen?

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   Posted 8/23/2010 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm scheduled for the Nissen Fundoplication Sept 7 - I have been losing weight the last several months due to the pain of almost everything giving me heartburn. Have significant acid reflux - had manometry/Bravo/scope and am on Protonix, Carafate, Hyoscamine but also about 13 other medications. Have Lupus of the brain, asthma, thyroid, allergy problems plus a host of others. Through the last several years, did Atkins and did lose about 100 lbs on my own but with this GERD have lost about 35 lbs just due to the pain and acid reflux. Post surgery see alot of posts that of liquid and then soft foods. Do people typically lose alot? I can still stand to lose about 75 to be at ideal weight. Going to call surgeon this week to try to get a list of everything to be fully prepared including how to shower/sponge bathe etc after surgery. I'm a very detailed person so won't have alot of help after surgery at home so need to have everything ready. I appreciate all the feedback I've received so far.
Have a very high stress job and tons of things to do before my leave. Just trying to cover everything before I leave. In charge of a very high profile client project and training a backup before I leave.
I also have dentures so hard to chew foods to a liquid which I see suggested on here alot - may have to get a mini food processor to help in that area.

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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Catlady,
Good luck getting everything set with your job. I'm a teacher, and had a similar situation--making plans and preparing things for a substitute. It's a pretty intense and time-consuming project.

I still think you'll be able to chew things to a liquid, but you'll have to take small bites. You won't be able to put the same amount into your mouth that you do now.

As far as weight loss. You will lose weight, there's no doubt about that. Your stomach will not take much more than a quarter of a cup of food at a time, so there's nothing to do but lose weight.

The only caveat is that once you're feeling all better (4 months post op or so) and your eating gets back to normal, you can easily begin to gain weight back, so be sure to be aware of that if you're hoping to lose more and maintain your weight loss.

Only you know your chewing capacity, but I'd bet that if you take small bites you'll be just fine. If not, as you said, a food processor can help.

Why don't you try your chewing out right now? That's what I did. I tested things to see what I could chew to a liquid. You can take little bites and chew, chew, chew. See what happens! There's nothing to say you can't check your chewing abilities out now, and develop a strategy that works for you. One less worry.

Take care and have a great week!
Denise turn

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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't lose any weight after surgery. Now I wish I had tried to lose some before it.

Your doc will be happy with the weight loss because he won't have to search through as much fat in the mediastinum. My doc wrote in his report that I had a lot!

I just ate my liquids too often to lose weight - every hour or so.

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   Posted 8/23/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost 20 but it came back with a vengence after two months.
My doctor was very strict with my diet. Everything was sugar-free, fat-free, and liquid for three weeks. I was to eat only when I was hungry.

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   Posted 9/3/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Catlady: I had the surgery in October 2009 and lost 30 lbs over the next 7 months. Now that I'm able to eat normally again (I no longer get full quickly and stay full for hours), no surprise, the weight loss has stalled. From the research I've looked at, it appears that for morbidly obese (BMI of +30) women, weight loss in this range is common. Now I'm working learning how to maintain the loss, so I keep a food diary and make sure to exercise. In other words, back to the real world, minus the reflux. Good luck with your surgery.
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