Nissen Fundo Surgery

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Ekirch
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   Posted 1/24/2011 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
First time poster...
I just wanted to thank everyone for all the information on here. I have been reading up on the surgery and it sounds like all the horror stories i have read elsewhere are just that. I am having the surgery this thursday 1/27. I have been wanting to have the surgery for a long time since i have been on medication since 97. and now take 2 different prescriptions and they aren't working anymore. Any have GERD related breathing issues before? My surgeon comes highly recommended and he says its one of his favorite surgeries to perform. He told me he will measure the diameter of my esophogus and insert a tube of similar size before the surgery, and then perform the wrap so as to not make it too tight. Has anyone's surgeon performed it this way before? and how were the results? any info would be could. I am starting to get a little cold feet about the surgery.

spike1010
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   Posted 1/24/2011 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ekirch, I'm sure you will be fine, I have been reading up on the whole surgery too (mine's scheduled for 8th Feb). There is a lot of positive thought and words found within this website. Good luck with surgery.
Spike

Ekirch
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   Posted 1/24/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Spike i will let you know what to expect. I have read a lot about Naseau. How typical is this after the surgery? and what causes it?

dencha
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   Posted 1/24/2011 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ekirch,
Welcome to Healing Well! You'll soon be joining our "Wrapped Club"! Regarding nausea, it's variable. Recently there have been several members mentioning it as a major symptom. I had the surgery in 2009, and never really had that symptom at all. Generally, I'd say it's a possible symptom, but certainly not universal.

We do all suggest (as it was suggested to me) that you get prescriptions for anti nausea meds to have close to you after surgery. If you were go get a virus or food poisoning, you could do damage to your wrap. Most have scripts for Zofran (a tiny pill that melts in the mouth), Phenagrin (sp?), and/or Compazine suppositories. Personally, I carry them with me at all times, just in case.

Yes, reflux gave me and others breathing issues, for sure. I have asthma anyway, and very little reflux can set my lungs off making mucous. Others who don't have asthma, but do have severe reflux, have had very bad lungs as a result of their GERD. Actually, the breathing issues were there real reason I finally decided to have the surgery. My lungs were very bad for at least four years (even including an hospitalization), and I was on high doses of steroids to counteract the reflux damage. Not a good combination. My PCP said that my issues were "life threatening", and pushed me towards surgery.

I had the surgery, and am very glad I did.

I also had the tube to ensure that the wrap is not too tight. (I believe it's called a bougie) Many do. It's a very delicate balance that the surgeon has to create--tight enough to keep the acid down, but loose enough to allow food through comfortably.

I'm sure others will be by to welcome you. This forum was a godsend when I was contemplating surgery, as well as afterward. People here are great, and offer lots of information and support.

Have a great surgery, and let us know how you're doing as soon as you can!
Take care,
Denise

Ekirch
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   Posted 1/24/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You Denise for the info. about the nausea causing damage. is that just during the healing or for the rest of my life? I rarely get sick but i guess it is something i should know.
Acid Reflux - Nexium 40mg 2/day, Ranitidine at night.
Minor Crohn's Illeitus - Pentasa 500mg 4 a day, Cholystyramine
AFIB- Sotalol 160mg 2/day

couchtater
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   Posted 1/24/2011 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
It's for the rest of your life.
The surgery is not that bad folks.
Day of the surgery:
wake up and take an antinausea tablet before going to the hospital
Get to the hospital, put on breezy gown
Tons of questions , IV
Rolled to pre-op, more questions, some medicines in IV
Rolled in OR, slide onto table, you're out!
Wake up in post-op, thirsty and sore (They will give you something once you're fully awake)
Rolled to room, liquid meal brought to room, doze the rest of the day

You will have to deal with the compression boots. They're cumbersome, but comfortable. Don't forget to walk as soon as possible to get rid of gas build-up from the surgery.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 1/24/2011 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ekirch,
As Joy said, you will always want to avoid vomiting. That said, some people are able to vomit without trouble. Even those people should try not to vomit, as it is very hard on the wrap. I had a sudden onset sickness, and I had no warning that I was going to vomit. I didn't feel well, but my stomach didn't feel nauseous. I surprised myself by being able to vomit, but did everything I could to keep from doing it repeatedly. If you're having a full-fledged stomach bug, the Compazine suppositories are better, as you won't be throwing up the medication. They're very effective.

Not a great topic, but it's reality. It's not such a big deal. I just carry a couple pills in my wallet wherever I go, so if I should get sick, I'll have meds immediately.

Again, good luck with your surgery!
Denise

PaintedDesert
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   Posted 1/25/2011 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ekrich:)
 
I too am a new member, but I want to let you know I will be thinking about you on Thursday.  I will say a prayer for you and your surgeon.  I am preparing for the surgery myself.  I am scheduled for February 3rd... So I will be right behind you:)
 
I wish you a speedy recovery:)
Roxann
 

Ekirch
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   Posted 1/25/2011 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
PaintedDesert said...
Hi Ekrich:)


I too am a new member, but I want to let you know I will be thinking about you on Thursday. I will say a prayer for you and your surgeon. I am preparing for the surgery myself. I am scheduled for February 3rd... So I will be right behind you:)



I wish you a speedy recovery:)

Roxann


Thank You, Roxann

dencha
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   Posted 1/26/2011 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ekirch,
Tomorrow's the big day! We'll be here waiting to hear from you when you've officially become a member of our "Wrapped Club"! We'll look forward to providing you with information and support and you go through the early days of recovery.
Best wishes for an extremely successful surgery and speedy recovery!
Take care...well be waiting on the other side to welcome you to
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah The Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Denise

couchtater
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   Posted 1/26/2011 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck tomorrow!
Remember don't fight the recovery. Relax and go with the flow.
Joy

PaintedDesert
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   Posted 1/27/2011 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to drop by to let you know I am thinking about you... Please keep us posted:)
Roxann

theacidrefluxman
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   Posted 1/27/2011 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope it is going well. We are all waiting for the results!

gatkerson
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   Posted 1/29/2011 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I guess I joined the "wrapped club" on 1/18/11. So far I have not had an easy recovery. Two days after my surgery I developed pneumonia in my right lung - very important you use the little breathing apparatus they give you, even when you get home. They put me on the antibiotic Levaquin for 7 days and I don't feel anymore symptoms of pneumonia.

I've started trying to eat semi-soft foods - I've tried fries, egg omelets, rice, mashed potatoes - everytime I try to eat these things I get really bad hiccups for a few minutes and then try again shortly later. After several bouts of hiccups I just give up and throw away the food, then just stick to juice for the needed calories. The hiccups cause a feeling, like an elephant standing on my chest. I guess this is caused by the air that is swallowed and I can't burp it out.

I still feel like I have reflux all the time. I wake up with the ever familiar taste in the back of my throat and then the constant feeling of reflux throughout the day. The whole reason I had this surgery was to stop the reflux. If I am still going to have reflux then whats the point....??

My diaphram is still sore to. I feel this is expected. My doctor said that is the last thing to heal. This includes the pain in my back, sometimes shoulders, and a cramp that comes ever so often right below my rib cage.

Is all this expected during the healing process of this surgery??

Ekirch - I hope things turn out for you and your surgery. 2 days in, how do you feel?? I'm not trying to be negative about the surgery, especially since I am only 1 week into the healing process. I just want to make sure they symptoms I am experiencing are expected and will hopefully go away over time.

PS - I did get a prescription of Phenagrin for future nausea/vomiting.

couchtater
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   Posted 1/29/2011 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Gat,
you are still healing from your surgery. During the first four weeks your stomach is still swollen from the surgery. It cannot handle as much food as it used to. Any solid foods that you try to force past the swollen wrap will give you reflux and hurt you.
I remember in week one for me all I could do was drink liquids. I remember the painful hiccups of trying to eat more than my stomach can handle.
My surgeon had a very strict diet code that he told me to follow so I would have the least problems with food. He insisted that I not consume more than a half cup to 2/3 cup of food a meal. He said I could eat as often as I wanted to, but not large amounts each meal.
For the first 2 to 3 weeks I drank only foods that are liquids when you swallow them. For example: muscle milk, Carnation instant breakfast milk, Chicken broth, beef broth, Jell-O, Edy's frozen fruit bars, Italian ice, any juice but orange juice.
During the fourth week I was able to add very watery cheese grits, Vienna sausages, soups with small noodles, scrambled eggs, crackers.
Around the sixth week was able to eat tender fish, Raman noodles, and chicken if it was cut up small.
Somewhere around the eight week I was able to eat hamburger meat, but I had to chew very carefully.
By about a week 10 or 12, I was enjoying normal food. He insisted that I wait on eating bread, steak, potatoes, and rice the last week.

Congratulations on being in the Wrap club and I hope what I've said to you will help you. If you have any more questions feel free to start your own thread so others can find you easier. :-)
Joy
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