Nissen 8 days post op - not heartburn please!!

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TheBadger
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   Posted 2/17/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been lurking on this website for a while and although some of the posts freaked me right out before my op, I'm finding it really useful post op to compare notes and to reassure myself that what I'm going through is normal. I am a male in my late 30s.
 
I decided to have the op after the increasingly intolerable side effects I was getting from PPIs. I had it in the UK under the NHS by a very experienced surgeon and was told it went well. Since the op I have had several things that other people have complained about on here such as painful hiccups, bloating and increased wind and am still taking pain meds although less than I was. What I am more concerned about though is that I've had several twinges of what seems like heartburn for example this evening after some soup. I have not taken any heartburn medication since the op which is in itself a triumph but I'm quite concerned that it's coming back. Can anyone reassure me about this?
 
Also I've had really bad gurgling from my stomach after everything I eat and am suffering from chronic constipation. In fact this evening I've had extremely painful bowel cramps. I read somewhere that you can experience a kind of post-op IBS because your internal organs have been through the trauma of the op especially with all the air pumped in. Has anyone experienced this too?
 
 
 
 

Ekirch
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   Posted 2/17/2011 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Gurgling is normal, 3 weeks and a still have it. painful hiccups lasted about a week, i can still belch so gas hasnt been to much of an issue. also my doc wanted me to stay on the PPi for a month to let everything heal. cant help about the constipation as i dont get it. pain meds you may need about 2 weeks. i had 2 spots the really hurt due to the bulk of the docs work in those areas.
it sounds like you are healing well...
Ed - Recent member of the wrapped club :)

TheBadger
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   Posted 2/17/2011 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. Interesting advice about the PPIs. I got very little post op advice from the surgeon as they needed my bed. Hopefully things are just healing then!

dencha
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   Posted 2/17/2011 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Badger,
Welcome to Healing Well! You don't need to worry about a thing...Day 8 is VERY early in the healing process. My surgeon told me (when I experienced some reflux about the same time) that anything is possible at this early stage of recovery. Your wrap is swollen (becoming increasingly so), and it is very possible that it is misshapen and is allowing a bit of acid out from time to time.

I don't know if your surgeon warned you, but your wrap will become increasingly more swollen over the first two weeks, to peak at the two week mark. At that point the swelling begins to go down. Therefore, don't worry if you start having more difficult swallowing. It gets worse before it gets better.

The pain meds can cause constipation, so whenever you can switch to Motrin or Tylenol, it should help that problem.

Often people continue with PPI's for a month or so, to allow the healing to take place. Others, like you go off cold turkey. It's generally an individual call, but if you feel the need to go on PPI's for a little while, it won't be outside the norm.

Try to relax into your recovery...just surrender, and follow where it takes you. If you can accept the path your recovery takes and relax into the process, you'll find it so much easier!

Glad you've joined us! Welcome to our yeah yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah yeah
Happy Healing!
Denise

spike1010
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   Posted 2/18/2011 1:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Badger,

Good advice has been given already but for my part I can say that things do get easier each day. I'm on day 17 post op now and although I still get some gurgling, and gas bloat it has improved.

I think also that when you progress onto soft foods more, then you may experience other twinges but this does not indicate acid reflux. I read somewhere that the oesophagus is a dumb organ and when you have suffered with acid reflux for a long time then it can experience phantom symptoms for a while post op.

I too have constipation and so take lactulose occasionally but, am careful with this because this can cause stomach bloat.

I also have stopped the PPI post op, again this could be down to your surgeon.

TheBadger
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   Posted 2/18/2011 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your words if reassurance. It's good to know others have experienced the same. My heart sank a bit when I experienced a bit of heartburn but I guess I need to be a bit patient and have faith. It is a slow recovery. I ventured outside for a walk yesterday for the first time and was quite tired.

Those pain meds you mentioned Denise are trade names I don't think we get in the UK but I think they're just paracetamol and ibuprofen? I am taking these along with codeine and I guess the codeine wouldn't be helping the constipation. Hopefully I'll stop taking that in the next few days. The frequency is decreasing which is good!

Baza
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   Posted 2/18/2011 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
 Hi Badger,i am new to this forum and was interested in your surgery,sorry to hear your having problems with the surgery but from what research i have done its very early days yet.I have been thinking of surgery myself for over two years now and very afraid of it,seems to depend a lot on the surgeon.I too would be having the surgery on the nhs,could you please tell me the name of your surgeon if possible as you say that your surgeon has had a lot of experience.Thanks Very Much and hope all settles down for you.Baz.

TheBadger
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   Posted 2/18/2011 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Baz, I had my op done at Addenbrooke's in Cambridge. There are 2 surgeons there who are both very experienced in this area. I was under the care of a Mr. Safranek. I, like you had been very anxious about the prospect of surgery for years and kept putting it off. I won't say there's nothing to it as obviously it's still surgery, but if you try and ignore some of the more alarmist postings about it and put your faith in the surgeon you'll feel a lot better about it. I was in a bit of pain afterwards but this was managed. I was most worried about feeling sick and vomiting but I didn't. I was discharged the next morning and have been recovering at home since. I'm confident that what I'm going through will be temporary and once I've recovered fully I'll be back to normal. At least I'm not waking up feeling sick with a burning chest.
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