Nissen Funduplication - 15 weeks

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 5/16/2011 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Cindy.  Can only tell me what they have been experiencing after 15 weeks or so from having the Nissen Wrap.  I had a full wrap.  I still can't burp the way I used to.  I still get pain on my left side under my rib cage, as a matter of fact, I can't sleep on my left side as yet.  I find that burping at night and first thing in the morning is most difficult especially if I only drink liquid.  I need to eat something to get the burping started....anyone experiencing this.  I still get slight pain on the tip of my left shoulder....is that due to the vegus nerve.  Is all of this normal?????
 
I find that I have to eat every 3 hours or the gas builds up from not being able to burp.  I am hoping and praying that someone will respond to this thread and tell me that things will get better.  I am scheduled to go on vacation in June and I am so nervous.  I did the barium swallow and that came back normal.  Do you think I need a dilation or will the burping get better over time.
 
Many thanks for anyone response I can get.
 
Cindy

couchtater
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 5/16/2011 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The wrap will settle down and the burping will get easier. It took until the fourth month for me to start feeling normal again.
Joy

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 5/17/2011 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Joy, I really appreciate your getting back to me. You don't know how happy you have made me feel because I am thinking I'll never get normal again. I am obsessed with thinking about it. How do you not think about it.

Did you ever get gas build up if you didn't eat for a while?

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 5/17/2011 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Also Joy, did you find that you had to eat every few hours or so? I am not a big eater. I am one of those people that eat to live. I can go 5-6 hours without eating but I find that since my surgery I have to eat every three hours and enough to get the burp out. Did you experience any of this? It would really help to know if this is normal. Again, many things for replying to my post.

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 5/17/2011 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Is there anyway to get a hold of "mam1298". Sorry I am new to all this. On this forum, are you able to talk to someone or communicate via e-mail. I would love to hear about her recovery. I tired looking for her older posts but couldn't find it. Any any of the Veteran members give me some advice.

couchtater
Elite Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 5/17/2011 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Cindy I just took it one day at a time. Things will get better just give it time. If you're still having issues at year one then ask for your surgeon to give you a dilation.

I don't know about mam1298.
Joy

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 5/17/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cindy,
Welcome to Healing Well! You're now a member of our yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Sorry to hear you're having so many problems with gas bloating. That's a really big problem for some during the healing stage. From my calculations you're just under 4 months post op. I know it's hard, but some of these things just have to run their course.

Don't think that if you're experiencing these problems now that you'll be experiencing them forever. Just take it a day at a time, and try to relax and surrender to the path your recovery takes. The more you struggle against it, the more difficult it will be.

Have you discussed the gas issue with your surgeon? Not being able to burp is a normal experience after this surgery. My stomach can burp itself, but I can't burp at will. I'm not sure that being so focused on burping is a good thing right now.

Are you staying away from carbonated beverages and gassy foods? Here is a link to a suggested diet post Nissen. It might be worth looking at, and seeing if perhaps some of your bloating issues could be reduced by eating differently.

www.upmc.com/HealthAtoZ/patienteducation/Documents/NissenFundoDiet.pdf

If you want to try to contact mam1298 Try starting a new thread with her name in it...Just entitle your post "mam1298". Perhaps she'll be by and respond.

Be sure and stick around. There are many people here who've experienced what you're experiencing. Remember that most of the healing after this surgery takes 6 months, and the remainder of healing takes a full year. You are still in the beginning of your healing process. Try to be patient as your body adjusts to these changes and heals.

Take care,
Denise

bittersweet603
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 93
   Posted 5/17/2011 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cindy, I'm not someone who used to be a big burper on my own but with gerd it was constant..although it relieved the gas it brought the acid up with it. Since having my nissen on the 9th of this month I have no been able to burp normally, as expected. I do get what you say as "burping" when I eat and food passing through the wrap, I think its more of air escaping from swallowing then anything. I was told and have been using gas x and it seems to help alot with the gas and bloating. Have you tried this? Also as Denise said stay away from gassy foods and carbonation..the slower you eat the better and gulping drinks also causes air to go down.

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 5/18/2011 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much Denise for your response. You gave me hope. I did talk to my surgeon and he said to have patience. He said that there is no reason why I shouldn't burp. He apparently put a 40 bugie down my esophagus and then do the wrap to make sure it wasn't too tight. I was told the healing takes 2-4 weeks, boy were they wrong. I am going to take your advice and try and relax.

I did get in touch with mam1298.....what a wonderful lady. Thanks mam1298.

This is such a wonderful site. I am sorry for everyone having a hard time and happy to hear that there is a silver lining at the end. Thanks again.

Bittersweet 603, my surgeon said that nothing can go into the wrap so I am not sure when you say "food passing throught he wrap" what you mean.

Take care everyone. Here's too good health

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 5/18/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cindy,
Seriously? 2-4 weeks and you're back to normal? NOT. It hasn't happened for any of us. Surgeons tend to recheck patients and send them on their way, never to see them again. They assume that you're all perky and eating normally again, since they don't know any different. It's not that way EVER.

I took about 4 months before I was eating pretty "normally". That said, I was still being careful with what I put into my mouth, and was eating small bites and chewing, chewing, chewing. Even then, if I wasn't careful I could get something stuck and need to drink some water or tea to help get it down.(spasms!)

Before the four month I was eating even more carefully. Tiny bites, chew, chew, chew. Only things that could be chewed to a complete liquid. It's a long eating recovery. The outsides of us heal right away. It's the insides that take a long time.

It's totally normal. Relax, and just follow your recovery where it takes you. Things will improve. It just takes time.
Denise

Post Edited (dencha) : 5/18/2011 3:02:43 PM (GMT-6)


Gritty
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 82
   Posted 5/18/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 8 weeks in and eating fairly normally but I do occasionally get the spasms Denise is talking about. That's probably the worst part really apart from the excess gas and hardly burping. Ironically I won a competition last week and have a voucher for £250 of free BBQ at my favourite eatery! You can imagine my disappointment when faced with unlimited food and only being able to consume a tiny portion of it. I've instead been treating my nearest and dearest to free grub all week whilst I nibble on a bit of brisket and a few fries. No Man Vs Food for me but hey, I'm being charitable and it beats the hell out of living with reflux. :)

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 5/18/2011 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Good attitude Gritty! yeah

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 5/19/2011 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Denise, seriously, that's exactly what my surgeon said to me. The process takes 2-4 weeks for recovery. I think that's where my disappointment is. After talking to you and others here on this site, I am starting to relax a bit, it gives me comfort to know that things will get better. Thanks a million for replying to me.

Did your burping come back to normal? I find I have to eat every 2 to 3 hours or the gas starts to rumble in my stomach. After I eat, I am able to burp the gas out. Did any of this happen to you or anyone else out there? Please let me know.

Thanks.

PWP
New Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/24/2011 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all (posted this on another thread as well).....

I had my op 15 days ago. Most of it went well, i am already on solid foods the past couple of days. I need to eat very slowly otherwise it all get stuck in the middle of my chest with nowhere to go!
However my big problem is chest pain. I had it before the op due to the hernia, but now it almost seems worst, almost constant.
It annoys me, since this was almost the MAIN reason i went for the op in the first place! The doc says its normal and should pass, but being chest pain the anxiety levels is way up there!
Please excuse my spelling and grammar, English is not my 1st language
Good luck to all my fellow brothers and sisters recovering!

Gritty
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 82
   Posted 5/24/2011 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say it could be linked to the food and drink you're consuming. I had intermittent chest pain on and off, usually when I was trying to lie on my side. What types of solids are you trying? I found I still had to blend most solid food 2-3 weeks in and kept my portions small. Also have you been drinking alcohol? That sometimes gave me chest pain but was I was ok with the occasional glass of wine. A good cup of tea usually helps and drinking plenty of water between meals.

kyheart
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 515
   Posted 5/24/2011 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Cindy
I have about 7 1/2 weeks post surgery to report. I am eating regular food as long as it is soft and very small bites and I chew chew chew. I tried and found I cannot tolerate bread that is not toasted yet..(my surgeon said that I probably won't be able to eat bread for about 4 months. I didn't start eating anything solid until week 3. That was baked/broiled fish and cottage cheese, soft boiled eggs, scrambled, etc... that type of food.. after that I would try to introduce a new food every couple of days. I still keep my foods limited to mostly "soft shelled". In other words nothing crispy or chips or anything like that. Fresh fruit is not a winner but I have been able to eat canned peach slices in lite juice. I am still eating about a third of the portion I ate before the surgery, I have lost weight , but it didn't hurt me and I am looking forward to continued good health.
Good Luck and listen to what your body tells you to do or not to do...
Sandi

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 5/24/2011 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi PWP,
The internal swelling at the site of your hernia repair and wrap reach peak swelling at 14 days. You are likely experiencing pressure and pain due to this swelling, and will need to be patient, and wait for the swelling to subside.

You are at the very beginning stages of healing, and can't expect everything to improve overnight. I suspect you experienced chest pain for longer than 15 days before the surgery, and you need to realize that it will take longer than 15 days for things to improve for you. You're in for a long healing process. Your outsides will heal quickly, but it will take 6 months for most of the internal healing and a full year for the rest.

Hang in there. I had the surgery for asthma symptoms and it took 2 and a half months for my lungs to heal. Be patient!
Take care,
Denise

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 6/2/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sandi, thanks for getting back to me. I can eat anything right now but I still get the rumbles in my stomach and I still can't burp as well as I used to. Are you able to burp?

kyheart
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 515
   Posted 6/3/2011 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Cindy
I can occasionally burp but not very often. I find that I have to be full in order to burp. I ate lunch yesterday at work (cooked veggies,soft). and when I returned from lunch I sat down at my desk and bent over to put my lunch bag under the desk, I actually burped with enough pressure to make enough noise that I had to say excuse me... that was an accomplishment. I only get the rumbles once in a while at this point. I was getting them frequently. They were so annoying and I couldn't get shed of them. If I was full I got them and if I was empty I got them. but gradually they have gotten less frequent. I cannot eat everything yet but, I ate some toast this AM and I must have swallowed too much or something... I have been having a bit of a problem today... but I am soooo much better than I was before the surgery. I am still happy I had it.
Have a good weekend
Sandi

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 6/6/2011 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Sandi, thanks for your reply, I am glad that I am not alone. I feel the same way, I have to have a full stomach in order to burp, why is that though? I don't see my surgeon until September, I'll give it until then to find out. I just want things to get back to normal for me. My rumbles starts where the wrap is and it feels as if the times when I can't burp, that's the gas that is rumbling, if that makes any sense. I guess until the burping comes back to normal, the rumblings won't stop? Are you saying that that will go away eventually? How long since you have had your surgery? I am into my 18 week.

Thanks Sandi...

Cindy

kyheart
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 515
   Posted 6/6/2011 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Cindy
I am through week 9 going on 10. the rumbles have gotten increasingly less, but, I have been a big chicken with my diet too.. I am still trying to stay on soft food.. not liquid but soft. I eat a lot of pasta and I am enjoying fruit too, only it is canned peaches. I cannot tolerate fresh fruit except for watermelon right now. I haven't pushed my diet only because I do not like confrontation and I know that if I push it my stomach will push back... but I am happy to keep it slow, that way each new food I introduce is hopefully a happy experience.. "when you have lemons....make lemonade...." even though I am 8-9 weeks newer than you are (, my diet may be why my rumbles are going away... you may be eating things I am too chicken to eat and so I am not developing gas in the same way you are. Any thing could be the cause and you may wake up tomorrow and it will be gone.. you never can tell what is going to come about day to day after this surgery.. everyone acts and reacts differently.. that is why we need to share our experiences..
I hope you continue to improve and don't forget everyone recovers at their own speed.. your body will let you know how fast to go..
Keep in touch..
Sandi

Cindy123
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 6/8/2011 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sandi.  You are right, I eat every and anything.  I eat raw veggies and fruits, I eat spicy foods etc., nothing bothers my stomach in terms of heartburn or upset stomach...it's just the fact that I am not able to burp all the time so the gas goes back down. 
 
I know you will continue to feel better and it's always nice to get encouraging posts. 
 
Take care.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, September 21, 2018 6:59 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,371 posts in 329,222 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161773 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Audreyli.
249 Guest(s), 3 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Sarge 83, Gemlin, IamCurious