Countdown Begins - Surgery 1 Week From Today

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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 12/14/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,
I posted a couple months back when I first learned I was going to need a full wrap.  I'm someone who needs ALL the information possible.  My sister works for a medical supply company and sent me her training video on the Nissen surgery, so I have watched a video of the full procedure beginning to end.  I have the best surgeon in the state; I have done TONS of research, and I have been reading all of the updates that those who are "recently" wrapped have been writing -- THANK YOU -- they are SO helpful!
I will do my best to also post my experiences because I know first hand how helpful it is to hear how different people recover, since every person is different.
I will have 3 weeks off work - so looking forward to Netflix, knitting, and a lot of resting.


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   Posted 12/14/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sharlene!
Oh, you're going to be so ready to get the surgery behind you. I was very worried about the surgery, so I was prepared for the worst. I expected to be on liquid for weeks and weeks. As it turned out, I was able to eat regular food pretty much right away. Liquids in the hospital, soft foods for 5 days, and on the 5th day saw my surgeon who said to eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid. (Always small bites, and chew, chew, chew.) I ended up not even using all the things I'd put away for the first week. (Carnation Instant Breakfast, homemade chicken broth, etc.) I stopped at a restaurant on the way home and had a cup of soup and saltine crackers. Didn't waste any time! You won't be able to eat much at all, as your stomach interprets the swelling as fullness. If you don't get that sensation, you'll have to measure your intake and eat very small (a quarter to third cup) meals throughout the day.
You'll figure it out.

Your surgeon may follow up with the dietary dept. at the hospital, but mine must not have. I had carbonated beverages on my tray, caffeinated coffee, and a straw...a complete no-no. Be sure to watch out for yourself.

I wished I'd smuggled in my own Gas-X, as it took an act of Congress to get some. If I were to do it again, I'd bring some in my suitcase.

Do you have some liquid Motrin or Tylenol at home for when you switch from narcotic meds they send you home with? You may soon need the narcotics only at night.

Ice is great on the incisions when they really bother you.

As soon as you can at the hospital get up and walk the halls. It will get the gas dispersed and help to alleviate any shoulder pain you might get. A night nurse recommended I walk whenever I got up to go to the bathroom. It was great advice.

Your surgeon may tell you that your wrap is able to handle tablet pain meds, but if you can get him to order elixir/liquid, you'll be much happier. Whether you can take it or not, you won't really want to. Insist on liquid. Be assertive. I must not have been because I ended up with tablets. It probably got me off them sooner, as they were a pain. I crushed them and put them in applesauce, but liquid would have been much easier and palatable.

Your wrap will become increasingly swollen over the first two weeks, and peak at the two week mark. After it will begin to go down. So don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse over time. This too will pass. You may get some spasms, which is typical. Drink room temp water, and stay away from iced drinks for a while. I had a period around the fourth day when my mouth began producing tons of saliva. I ended up spitting most of it out, as I wasn't willing to swallow constantly. Everyone is different, but don't worry. All of this will work itself out over time.

If you can get yourself ready to have a positive attitude about the healing process you'll do much better. People who rail against it have problems. Some seem to have the idea that they'll be back to normal in a couple of weeks. Your outsides will heal much faster than your insides. Just be patient.

Surrender into your recovery...follow it wherever it leads you. If you can do that, you will have a very positive experience. Don't worry about an occasional bout of heartburn. Your wrap is swollen and uneven, and a bit of acid could escape because of that. Please don't jump to conclusions that your surgery was a failure! That's easy to do, but if you know ahead of time that it might happen, it'll be easier.

If you have any questions at all, ask away! We'll be here at the ready. We're looking forward to welcoming you to our Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah yeah
Take care,

Lovie L
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Date Joined Nov 2010
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   Posted 12/14/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   

Sounds like you've really studied up on the procedure, that's great! Makes you less anxious about it. Best wishes on a smooth operation and recovery. Look forward to reading your porters posts once you're on the other side!


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   Posted 12/14/2010 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Make sure the surgeon prescribes a liquid med for constipation that is caused by narcotics that you will need for a few days - something like senna elixir.

I've been teaching my docs about the necessity for keeping something to stop vomiting too. My wrap is now partly above the diaphragm because of a sudden vomiting episode caused by a medicine I didn't tolerate. Zofran is great for nausea, but won't work fast enough for a sudden urge to vomit. PAREGORIC will stop it! It tastes truly awful, but all you have to do is get a teaspoon down and it will stop the stomach action instantly. It keeps for years and is very inexpensive. I didn't get mine out fast enough and tore some stitches. I will probably need a re-do when symptoms get worse, and they will.

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   Posted 12/15/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sharlene!
Wishing you the very best with your surgery.  Soon you will be a member of the wrapped club and be in very good company.  Please do keep posting as every story is a tremendous help to members facing surgery and the post op issues that arise.
Again sending you good vibes.


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