3 Weeks Post Nissen

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BTownGal
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   Posted 1/7/2011 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone,
 
I am three weeks post-Nissen and thought I would post.  As everyone always says, if you haven't had the surgery yet, remember that everyone heals differently.
 
My recovery has been remarkably unremarkable.  I haven't taken any pain pills since day 4 post surgery.  It took a full 2 weeks to totally get rid of the pain from air in my chest cavity.  That was actually the most painful part.  I also had spasms in my esophagus that were pretty painful every so often in the first couple of weeks.
 
I did a mixture of liquid and pureed diet the first two weeks.  Week 2 was hell because I felt like I was hungry constantly.  One night I went to a movie (and I do not recommend this!) and ate a big, fat, juicy hot dog with relish and mustard.  The best hot dog I have ever had!  I warned my friend that if I ran out mid-movie, the hot dog was the reason -- BUT, while perhaps I had more gas than usual there were no other ill effects.  So, at this point, I am basically back to normal eating with a few exceptions - No steak, No Raw fruits & veggies, and No carbonation.  There were the things that my surgeon said should be added to my diet very last.
 
My 5 incisions were glued with dermabond, which has all come off now and they are almost completely healed.  I had some SERIOUS itching last week over the incisions, which the Nurse Practitioner told me today at my follow-up is cause by the body reacting to the dissolvable stitches in the stomach muscle and the recognition that it is a foreign substance to attach.  Thankfully that is over!
 
My follow-up was uneventful and they released me officially from care.  I go back to work Monday and I AM SO READY.  After seeing the infomercial for "Pajama Jeans" 15 times in one day, I was very ready to go back to work.
 
If anyone has any questions I can answer about my personal experience, feel free to ask!
 
Sharlene

Neptunian808
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Date Joined Dec 2010
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   Posted 1/7/2011 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
BTownGal said...
Hello Everyone,


I am three weeks post-Nissen and thought I would post. As everyone always says, if you haven't had the surgery yet, remember that everyone heals differently.



My recovery has been remarkably unremarkable. I haven't taken any pain pills since day 4 post surgery. It took a full 2 weeks to totally get rid of the pain from air in my chest cavity. That was actually the most painful part. I also had spasms in my esophagus that were pretty painful every so often in the first couple of weeks.



I did a mixture of liquid and pureed diet the first two weeks. Week 2 was hell because I felt like I was hungry constantly. One night I went to a movie (and I do not recommend this!) and ate a big, fat, juicy hot dog with relish and mustard. The best hot dog I have ever had! I warned my friend that if I ran out mid-movie, the hot dog was the reason -- BUT, while perhaps I had more gas than usual there were no other ill effects. So, at this point, I am basically back to normal eating with a few exceptions - No steak, No Raw fruits & veggies, and No carbonation. There were the things that my surgeon said should be added to my diet very last.



My 5 incisions were glued with dermabond, which has all come off now and they are almost completely healed. I had some SERIOUS itching last week over the incisions, which the Nurse Practitioner told me today at my follow-up is cause by the body reacting to the dissolvable stitches in the stomach muscle and the recognition that it is a foreign substance to attach. Thankfully that is over!



My follow-up was uneventful and they released me officially from care. I go back to work Monday and I AM SO READY. After seeing the infomercial for "Pajama Jeans" 15 times in one day, I was very ready to go back to work.



If anyone has any questions I can answer about my personal experience, feel free to ask!



Sharlene


what were your symptoms before surgery?

BTownGal
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   Posted 1/7/2011 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Before surgery, I literally had to swallow 3-5 times to keep anything in my stomach. I was take a drink of water and when I bent down to pet my dog it would immediately come back up. I took a hard step off a curb once and everything in my stomach shot up and I choked.

After the pH test, endoscopy, and mannometry, it was determined that my valve pressure was only 5, when it should be 30-35.

sharlene

couchtater
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   Posted 1/7/2011 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the wrapped club!
Don't you feel good now! :))
Take it easy and don't rush it.
I'd would of died eating a hot dog like that at week two. Wow!
Joy
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