Recovery Difficulty

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ike016
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   Posted 5/30/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I am post op now for 3 weeks and I still can not swallow water or liquids of the same consistancy. I am able to hold down things like mashed potatos to a limit. My weight loss is now up to 25 lbs and am starting to become very concerned. Wondering if anyone else has had an experience like this or is there something seriously wrong?

dencha
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   Posted 5/30/2011 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ike,
Welcome to Healing Well! You're now a member of our yeah yeah yeahWrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah There are quite a few who participate in the forum who have also had the Nissen surgery, and I expect they'll be by soon to add their thoughts.

At three weeks pretty much anything can happen. The wrap becomes more swollen during the first two weeks, then the swelling begins to subside. Are you being careful to drink your water at room temperature? Very cold water can cause spasms that can make swallowing a lot more difficult.

If you're having trouble with liquids like water, perhaps your wrap is still quite swollen, and they're backing up at the wrap site. Be sure to take little sips...no big gulps.

Any food that you eat should be in tiny bites or sips. Small meals throughout the day is the best route to take. It is not at all unusual to lose a substantial amount of weight in the first weeks and months of recovery.

Everyone is different, but if you have any concern at all, be sure to contact your surgeon's office and report what is going on. While you can get an idea of what others have experienced here, your surgeon is the best resource for specific problems that you are having.

Be sure to stick around and continue to ask questions! I was where you are about two and a half years ago, and found this forum to be a lifesaver!
Good luck with your eating/drinking! Hang in there. Things will get better.
Take care,
Denise

ike016
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   Posted 5/30/2011 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response Denise and I will look at what I am doing to make sure that I can see a difference in my recovery.

dencha
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   Posted 5/31/2011 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ike,
How are you doing? Hope things are going better.
Denise

ike016
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   Posted 6/1/2011 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Well so far they are about the same. Hoping that within the next few days I will show some improvement.

dencha
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   Posted 6/1/2011 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ike,
You are at the beginning stages of healing. Many people struggle with the experience post-Nissen and wonder why they ever had the surgery. Later, they discover that once they're healed (over months, not weeks) they're thrilled with the outcome.

Have you called your surgeon and asked what he/she thinks? I'd be interested in hearing the response.

Cheer up...hang in there. It takes time.
Denise

ike016
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   Posted 6/1/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I went and saw him two weeks after the surgery. He says that I am looking good and is puzzled on why I can not keep down water. I am to see him on the 8th of this month and if no improvement he will probably dialate me for the third time since the surgery was completed. Just so you know being dialated while awake is the most terrifying thing I have ever done.

couchtater
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   Posted 6/1/2011 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Ike, Did they do a manometry test on you? That's the tube down your throat through your nose and you drink water as they measure your swallowing reflexes.

ike016
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   Posted 6/2/2011 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
No they did not.

couchtater
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   Posted 6/2/2011 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Oooopss! I suggest you see a different GI. He should of done the manometry. It tells the surgeon if you have any movement issues that can cause a problem and how tight to wrap you. It sounds like he dropped the ball on you.

Constant dialation of the esophagus can cause a tear, just ask Bill who's a moderator here. They kept dialating him and he got a tear. They just removed his feeding tube recently.

Please see a different GI.
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