Stomach Gurgling after wrap?

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   Posted 4/15/2011 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 15 days post op after Nissen surgery. I still have a few issues with some old familar pain in the same spot, but I think it is getting better. Met with the surgeon yesterday and he said I was doing well, and told me to start trying other food except steak and bread, told me to stay away from that for at least another 4 to 6 months.

I do have a question about the stomach noise, my stomach will start gurgling even after I haven't ate anything for 20 minutes to an hour, I mean it is quite loud, my wife can hear sitting 5 feet away from me, and of course the gas......I have read that the gas will quit in time, Will the stomach noise stop after awhile?

Oh yeah, the pains that bothers me seem to get worse toward the afternoon and evening, sometimes I will take a tramodo just to have a better evening. Problem with pain killer is the constapation that goes with it....oh well hopefully in a few more weeks I will start to see some improvement. My surgeon wants me to stay on the PPI's as needed.....I hate that stuff, that was one of my deciding factors to have he surgery was to get of the PPI's and the of course the pain.....

I guess we just wait and see....


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   Posted 4/15/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pat,
Glad to hear you had a good visit with the surgeon. Funny...steak and bread were the two things my surgeon warned me against as well. Any pains you had prior to the surgery will, as you suspect, take some time to resolve. It took you more than 15 days to get them, and it'll take more than that to get rid of them.

As far as the MAD GURGLING STOMACH...I can only share my own experience. I'm two years out, and from time to time my stomach still gets "gurgly". It's rare, and seems to accompany having eaten something that irritated my wrap. It is generally accompanied by "dumping", when things pretty much go right through me. Thankfully this only happens once in a great while, so it doesn't really bother me. I know what you mean...I was at a meeting at school in the early days, and people were offering me food, thinking it was growling due to hunger! It is loudly embarrassing. Some people never have it after they heal, but I am not one of those. We just laugh at it. Hopefully yours will resolve with healing, and you'll never hear from it again.

Everyone wants to stop their PPI's after surgery. However, during the healing period, when swelling can allow a bit of acid through, it's a good idea to follow your surgeon's advice and stay on them for a bit. As you know, however, some people have to continue with some PPIs after surgery. It's very individual. Still, most are very happy with their surgery, even if they have to take some meds, since their symptoms have subsided.

Best wishes for continued healing!

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   Posted 4/15/2011 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
All you need to do when it does one of those loud gurgles is this:
pat your belly
then say "There, There, I'll feed you soon, Igor."

(big grin)

ps. I've gotten some odd looks at my growls, I've even had some belly pats from others. :)))

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   Posted 4/15/2011 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I too am 15 days out on my surgery and I also went to see my surgeon yesterday. I am happy to say that I am going along quite well. My doctor also warned me off of steak and bread for some time. He more or less advised me to let my body determine what it can tolerate by trying things in small amounts and by all means with everything... chew, chew, chew... as far as the gurgly belly, I have this almost daily since the surgery. for me it does not indicate anything in particular but I find it quite annoying at times (like when I want to nap ;-)...) I hope when I return to work everything is muted by the copiers and computers... good luck and take your time in adding new foods.

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   Posted 4/15/2011 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep stomach gurgling is very common and can last quite some time.

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   Posted 4/16/2011 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm curious if this has to do with the stomach being in an odd position and also gas, not being able to burp it out?

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   Posted 4/17/2011 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any problems with burping, but I had a loose wrap. Just doing time now.
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