Belching - Status Post Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal Hernia Repair

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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 1/22/2011 4:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal Hernia Repair in August, 2010 (laproscopic).

I'm so happy with the outcome, except for belching.

Before surgery, I would sleep against an oversized "bed husband pillow" in order to avoid aspirating what I had for dinner at 5:00 p.m. Otherwise I would taste food the next morning. I had constant heartburn. I am overweight by 50 pounds. I had the x-ray showing my hiatal hernia and ph/motility study (it was uncomfortable, but tolerable) to show its results and meet insurance requirements prior to surgery. I was taking double doses of Prilosec, drinking Pepto Bismol, eating any anti-acids.

After the surgery, I consumed liquids and semi liquids without problems. I avoid bread but can eat most foods. I have nausea (a few times each week) and use Zofran to control it. My surgeon prescribes it.

But, I belch frequently. I take a drink or two of liquid, I belch. I eat a bite or two of a small meal, I belch.

My question is - Do any of you belch frequently after Nissen Fundo and Hiatal Hernia Repair?

Be well,


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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 1/22/2011 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a small hernia repair and I burp a lot! I'm happy I can because I would be so uncomfortable if I couldn't. I'm not sure why it happens.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 1/22/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
It's just trapped air moving out. My philosopy is "better out than in". :-))

I belch and toot a lot. :-P
It's just a side effect.

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   Posted 1/23/2011 10:29 AM (GMT -6)   
So it has been 5 months since your surgery, can you eat bread now?


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   Posted 1/23/2011 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi drgrcr,
I can speak to the bread issue. I was eating bread normally by four months--maybe earlier, but definitely by four months. (We went on vacation, and that's a marker for me to remember).

If you toast bread well, you can eat it pretty much right away. It then can be chewed to a liquid.

I remember when I was pre-surgery and right after, I thought I would never eat a bagel again, but guess what? Bagels are not a problem.

Hope you're doing well in your quest for information. If you have any questions to ask me, I'll do my best to answer them.
Take care,

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Date Joined Mar 2013
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   Posted 3/25/2013 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I had Nissen Fujndoplication and hiatal hernia repair March 2012.  I still cannot eat much at a time (probably a good thing), but sometimes with just a few bites, I get hiccups.  It's like reminding me not to eat any more, but I still feel like I'm hungary.  I've pretty much given up sandwiches of any kind because of the bread.  Is this normal?

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   Posted 3/26/2013 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well-

Yes this is normal. I still get hiccups when full.

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