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leniijane
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   Posted 12/9/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Before I had esphagal hiatal hernia surgery with wrap, I only had symptoms if I overate. I could eat anything, just not alot at a time. My entire stomach was in my chest. After surgery, 5 weeks, I am having alot of burping and discomfort after eating. I was told I could eat as tolerated. I am thinking, I should still be on a softer diet.. I am kind of disgusted with it all. I am now taking Prilosec, whereas I took nothing before.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/9/2010 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to read of your problems, however 5 weeks is not that long since your surgery.  Perhaps it would be wise to back off your diet to soft as you mentioned.
I wish you luck and I know you will be hearing from other members.
 
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couchtater
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   Posted 12/9/2010 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
You're still in the healing stage. Your stomach and esophagus has been rearranged and is probably still sinsitive.
How much are you eating a meal? No more than a 1/2 cup of food should be consumed per meal. You can eat every two hours. At you're stage you should be at soft foods, no bread, no steak, and no potatoes or rice. Consuming more than this per meal can cause all sorts of issues.
Joy

leniijane
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   Posted 12/10/2010 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My Dr said I could eat anything as tolerated. I have been eating bread, potaotes, everything as before, but not alot of meats. Why don't they give you a specific diet??? The first thing I ate was toast and coffee. Now I am trying to go without coffee. I think I am eating too much at a time. I will try the 1/2 cup at a time..makes sense to me. No wonder I am belching and heartburn. What about vegetables and fruit?? Too much gas... How long does it take everything to heal? The Dr. acted like a week or two and it was all normal again....

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2010 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi leiijane,
Welcome to the Wrapped Club at Healing Well!yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah Oh, my goodness! Five weeks is in the early stages of recovery! I am quite disgusted with surgeons, as they just don't prepare their patients for the course of recovery.

At two weeks, your wrap is at peak swelling, and you're just two weeks past that.

Your upper GI tract has gone through a major revision. Laproscopic surgery is deceiving. You recover on the outside so quickly that you expect the inside to follow suit. However, your inside has been what I've heard described, mixed up with an egg beater. It's going to take time to heal.

Think about it. Part of your poor little stomach has been wrapped around your esophagus and stitched to create a new valve. It is going to take your stomach more than five weeks to recover and get back to normal.

You will be able to gradually eat more and more normally as time passes. Please try to be patient and follow your recovery. If you fight it, and get angry, your recovery will be so much more difficult. Surrender to your recovery, and follow it where it leads. You will find that in the end it will be worth it. You certainly couldn't continue as your were--it was a life-threatening condition. Accept the fact that it will take some time to get back to normal eating, but relax and trust that it will happen! We've all been there, believe me. Your experience is very common.

When I was going through what you're experiencing, a more experienced member told me that most of the healing occurs within the first six months, and the remainder by the end of the first year.

I can tell you that at four months I was eating normally--whatever I wanted. We went on vacation and were going out for fine meals nightly. You will always want to chew your food more carefully, as the new valve takes more work to get through. That's why it keeps the acid in your stomach.

If you're taking prilosec for the first time, don't assume you'll take it forever. At your stage of healing, the wrap may not have settled into place completely. Swelling in a section can leave a little opening and may allow a little acid through. Also, you may be on it to calm your stomach and protect the wrap as it heals.

Try to be patient. We've all been where you are. Things will heal and you will get back to normal.
Glad you've joined us!
Denise

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2010 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, take tiny bites and chew, chew, chew. Definitely stay away from coffee for a while. Many people get a feeling of fullness from the swelling that moderates their amounts, but listen to Joy and eat smaller amounts.

My surgeon told me that I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid in the early days. He said that sometimes soft food can get stuck--he gave the example of a bolus of mashed potato.

Chicken can be chewed to a liquid more easily than beef. If you have a slow cooker, you can cook a stew for hours (or whatever) and make it very soft and easily chewed to a liquid.

Just experiment. I was happy to start on chewing to a liquid at Day 5, and it worked great, as long as I didn't push it and eat something not chewable to liquid. I remember an experience at a restaurant when I got a piece of cherry tomato stuck. If something gets stuck, don't worry...just drink room temp water or warm tea and it'll get through eventually. Don't panic.

Keep to small amounts more often.
You will do just fine!
Denise

leniijane
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   Posted 12/10/2010 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much. This is way more than I was told at drs office. Wasn't told it would take so long. Well, now that I know that, I will not be impatient, and will chew, chew, chew..I am drinking herbal tea today and eating smaller meals...

leniijane
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   Posted 12/10/2010 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Now I wonder at the drs saying I can lift anything right away??????? Is that right?

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay! Any questions, ask away! We've all been exactly where you are.
Things will get better...just be patient!
Take care,
Denise

dencha
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   Posted 12/10/2010 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes...lifting is a hernia issue. Those of us who had Nissens also had hiatal hernia repairs. You need to lift nothing heavier than 5 pounds for 6 weeks. Just take it easy and you'll do just fine! yeah

couchtater
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   Posted 12/10/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Take it easy and relax into it. Listen to your body and you will find it leading you the right way. No fighting it.
Joy
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