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Date Joined May 2011
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   Posted 6/28/2011 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Having the Nissen Operation in 6 days, any wise words would be appreciated, getting a bit anxious now :(

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 6/28/2011 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember feeling nervous, too. But it's really not that bad IMHO.
Breezy gown & climb into warm bed
questions and IV
Rolled to pre-op
more questions, antinausea patch applied, 2 shots in the IV
Rolled into OR (who are all these masked people who are going to see me in all my glory while I'm asleep?) ;))
Slide over onto table
Stretch out arms to put on props
night, night!
Wake up groggy, thirsty, and some pain (sorry, you can't have anything until fully awake)
Rolled to the room to sleep off the medicines
Wake up fully ( I don't remember putting on a green gown I thought it was blue???)
You are wearing pressure boots and have an oxygen tube across your nose
They bring you something to eat (my doctor sent a full liquids meal)
You go home when doctor says to go.
The pain will fade gradually over the next few days. I stopped all pain meds by day four.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/28/2011 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jodibee,

Welcome to the Healing Well GERD forum! You're definitely in the right place. Joy have given you the basic experience in the hospital. It's surprisingly easy, and while you can expect some post-surgical pain, you'll be surprised how quickly your outsides heal.

That, however, can be deceiving. It seems that we heal so quickly on the outside, we sometimes forget that our insides were scrambled up with an egg beater, then stretched and stitched. There have been major changes made to our upper GI tracts, and those changes are going to require months to heal.

Hopefully you've found a surgeon who had done many, many Nissen surgeries. The experience of the surgeon is critical to creating a positive outcome.

Have you discussed the post-op diet that your surgeon intends to put you on? It would be helpful to know what his protocol entails. Some are on liquids for a long time, but mine allowed me to use my own good judgement and eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid, which gave me a lot of leeway. I never had any problems with this eating protocol, but I was extremely careful to take very small bites and chew, chew, chew.

You'll want to stay away from bread (although if you toast that bread it chews to a liquid), sandwiches, and steak for about 8 weeks).

As Joy said, you'll only need the narcotic pain meds for a short time. Be sure to buy some liquid Motrin or Tylenol to have on hand for the early days/weeks.

Again, welcome to the group! If you have any specific questions, we'll do our best to answer them. When you post after your surgery, we'll be here to welcome you to our Wrapped Club!

Take care,
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