Just had laparoscopic fundoplication few questions

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Coll
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   Posted 11/19/2010 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear all
I had the laparoscopic fundoplication a week ago after waiting a long time and suffering acid for a year.
I have a constant very watery mouth and I am concerned this is the acid returning.
Im not back to see my consultant until a week on Monday, and Im wondering if anyone else has suffered this after having the operation.
Im pretty sure the operation has been successful as when I came out of hospital my body tried to be sick, bile came into my mouth, but no vomit came up. I was just heaving with no vomit.
Anyone else had anything similar, would love to hear.
 

dencha
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   Posted 11/19/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Coll,
Welcome to Healing Well! Did your doctor give you anti-nausea meds? If not, you should get a script right away, as dry heaving is not good for your healing wrap. Don't take no for an answer. Insist that you get a script. Get it filled, and have the meds with you at all times, so if you get the urge to vomit you can counteract it ASAP.

An abundance of saliva in your mouth sounds like what happened to me about Day 4 or so. Suddenly, I had so much saliva in my mouth I had to spit rather than swallow. This only lasted a couple days as I recall. I believe it is caused by esophageal irritation and spasms. It's very annoying, but will pass in time, as you heal. Your upper GI tract has been though a lot, and these types of symptoms are to be expected.

We're happy you're joined our Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Anytime you have a question or concern, ask away! Members here will be happy to share their experience with you.

Above all else, surrender to your recovery. Follow it wherever it takes you. If you let it lead, and relax into your recovery, it will go much more smoothly. You can't rush the process, so go with the flow.
You'll improve week by week.
Again, welcome!
Take care,
Denise

Coll
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   Posted 11/19/2010 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi dencha
Thanks for your reply.
Yes its a strange experience thats for sure, but hopefully well worth it.
Ive got anti sickness pills from doctor and taking them regularly. Im on day 9 and most pains in chest etc..... have gone. Got a few pains lower down now near my ribs, but Im happy to go through any pain rather than reflux.
Yes sounds like what happend to you, Im spitting it out of my mouth, I suppose Im wondering if its Saliva or acid, as I used to get fluid coming up all the time pre op.
Whats making me think its not acid is that when I burp I get nothing coming up at all just wind which is encouraging.
Great site, so good to see other peoples experiences and recovery.

dencha
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   Posted 11/19/2010 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Coll,
I'm confident it's saliva. You're bound to get some pains...although your outside heals quickly, the biggest upheaval has been inside. Someone said it's like they used an electric mixer on your internal organs! You've had a brand new upper GI created, and it's certainly understandable that you'll have pain, along with a host of other strange and disconcerting symptoms! This too will pass!

Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better. Peak swelling of the wrap is at 2 weeks, then it goes down from there. Hang in there. The healing will occur. It takes quite a while, but the gradual improvements make it easier and easier to handle.

Again, glad you've joined us!
Denise

Coll
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   Posted 1/16/2011 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Denise
All has been going extremely well until last week.
Im in week 9 now and my mouth has been filling with water for the last week and Im getting some burning.
Could this be a flare up and some irritation?
Ive not had this since my last post in Nov, and its just started up again.
Grateful for any ideas on this

dencha
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   Posted 1/16/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Coll,
Week nine is still early in your recovery. You will have lots of little ups and downs, and I understand how it is easy to jump to conclusions and even assume that after all that you've been through, your surgery is a failure. Stop now! Seriously, I totally get your concern and fears. I doubt that anyone who has had the surgery gets through recovery without something that causes them to worry that it was all for nothing. I certainly did.

You could have eaten something that got stuck in your wrap, or something could have irritated it, or your lower esophagus. Honestly, you can get burning at the wrap level any time--even when you're fully healed. In my experience, extra water in my mouth is a result of some esophageal spasms. If you're not feeling any spasms, it may be just a response to the irritation.

This too will pass. Just be careful not to eat anything rough, spicy, or irritating for a while. Give things a chance to calm down and heal. Our GI tract has been revised, and some quirky things can happen.

Try not to worry! Just relax and go with the flow.
Denise

Coll
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   Posted 1/17/2011 2:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Denise
and I know stressing about these things definitely doesnt help either.
Im going to go back on soups for a few days and porridge and give it all a chance to rest.

Thanks again

dencha
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   Posted 1/17/2011 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Coll,
Good plan...taking it easy will give your fussy stomach/wrap a chance to get back to normal. Hey, it would be great if we didn't have to deal with these things, but we do. The better we are at taking it in stride, the happier lives we'll have.
We're with you! We get it!
Hang in there,
Denise
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