Worried I screwed up my Nisson wrap surgery.

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2hounds
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   Posted 1/21/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had my surgery 3 days ago, was in the hospital overnight and they took me off the pain pump and sent me home with percocet. The drugs made me so sick to my stomach that I threw up my first night home. I am terrified that I have undone something down there from the vomiting. I only threw up the once, as there was nothing really in my stomach to come up, and them immediately took some anti-nausea meds. But I have had bad burning in my throat ever since, especially last night. I am sticking mainly to liquids, and have had lots of gurgling in the back of my throat and some reflux symptoms when I drink and try to swallow pills. It feels like what I swallow is immediately being pushed back up. Is it that easy to undo the wrap by throwing up? Is there a way the surgeon can tell if all is still intact?

couchtater
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   Posted 1/21/2011 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Talk to your surgeon to be sure nothing is wrong. He can give you a barium swallow or EGD.
Joy

Alcie
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   Posted 1/21/2011 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Your surgery is still so new you could have reflux symptoms. Usually you are instructed to stay on the PPIs for a couple of weeks post-op. You should also be on liquids for quite a while longer.

But joy is right about asking the doc to consider a barium swallow. I had a vomiting episode from a med that did mess up my wrap. Part of mine is now above my diaphragm and I may need a re-do.

Keep the anti-nausea handy and take it as soon as you feel a little nausea coming on. Ask the doc for a prescription for paregoric for emergencies. If you know you are going to vomit, grab it and take 1-3 tsp (or whatever doc recommends). It will stop the heaves instantly if you just get it down. It tastes truly awful, but to prevent reherniation it's worth it! It keeps for many years.
Alcie
 
 

dencha
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   Posted 1/21/2011 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi 2hounds,
It's very unlikely that you undid your wrap with just one small vomiting issue. I worried that mine was damaged by constant severe coughing throughout the recovery, but it was fine.

At three days, you can experience many strange symptoms. Your upper GI tract has been completely revised! It's going to take some time to heal. I don't think that any of us who have had the surgery got through recovery without worrying we did something to ruin our surgical outcome. It's a common concern!

While doctors seem determined to send us home with pills rather than liquid meds, those pills can get stuck at the wrap site and will burn until they're dissolved and go through into the stomach. Your wrap will become increasingly more swollen during the first two weeks--peaking at week two. At that point the swelling begins to diminish. Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better.

Hang around this forum. It was a godsend to me when I was considering the surgery, and when I was recovering from it. Ask questions, and experienced people here will provide whatever support and information they can.
Welcome to our "Wrapped Club"! yeah yeah yeah

Take care,
Denise

2hounds
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   Posted 1/22/2011 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. I have been reading many, many threads from other posts and started to feel better about everything. I wish I would have found this forum BEFORE my surgery so I knew better what to expect!

dencha
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   Posted 1/22/2011 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, 2hounds,
Just keep asking questions. We've been through the recovery you're experiencing, and can provide support and information from a patient's standpoint.
Hope you're having a better day today!
Denise turn

Alcie
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   Posted 1/22/2011 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
It is possible, although I'll agree unlikely, to rip stitches because of vomiting. It happened to me, and now part of my wrap is above the diaphragm. I have pain, nausea, can hardly eat, losing weight I didn't need to lose.

But a barium swallow will show nicely what is going on.
Alcie
 
 

goodnuzzo
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   Posted 6/24/2012 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Two Hounds I can relate to the vomiting after surgery. I was sent home with compazine, but within a few days I had akathesia so bad, I had to quit taking it. Also, my medical records are all screwed up cuz I had a gastroxopy without a fundlipication.(try looking up that one-almost all posts pertain to the procedure on dogs!) It means that my stomach was tacked down to my diaphram. Every doctor pushed and entered into my records I had the fundlipication, and it was in the surgeons dictation, but I am the only one who finally went and got it! I have to say the first few weeks it felt as if I had no signs of GERD, but then an odd thing happened.
Early in the morning I would get theses horrible dry heaves. (I can't vomit anymore since the surgery) I thought it was the opiate pain meds since I have extensive degeneration from C-spine to L-5/S-1. Then I started getting the dry heaves in the middle of the day also. The last time was so violent that I felt something "give". The GERD had been slowly creeping up, but after that, it was like before the surgery, only worse.
  I sure hope I am making sense here. I have been hospitalized twice, seen serveral GIs that tell me I need to get the fundlipicaton, but these were docs I saw in the hospital; they didn't take my insurance on outpatient. The 3 I have seen out patient look like I'm crazy when I tell them I have to sit on the toilet with a trash can on my lap when I have a BM. My insides get so sore and makes everything else worse. personally, I feel like these doctors in my network are afraid to operate, so they say I don't need it. I got a new PM this week, so I was reading over all the imaging reports, and I saw that 30% of my stomach is back in my chest. Should I push to be evaluated for surgery by someone whos not aftraid to do it?
I almost died last time, I felt deathly ill, had a seizure, was in the ER in an hour and a half. It took a physical and mental toll, I hav't been able to shake and it's been over 2 yrs now. I had internal bleeding so bad I had lost weight from a comfortable size 9 to a 4. The 10 cortisone ESI's put 50 lbs on me. I have lost 12 lbs, but it is hard. I can't eat alot of things once more, so that's the only upside I can see. Sorry for rambling on, but I can see that others in the forum have similar medical conditions and I may have some insights for u as well as for myself. Thx for being here. 
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