1week post nissen update

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Tduga1
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   Posted 7/8/2011 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I am now at the one week mark after my surgery and feel pretty good. After reading many comments on this site I would have to say the recovery has been a little easier than I prepared myself for. This is not to say that people were unrealistic about the recovery. I just tried to mentally prepare myself for a tough few weeks.

Yes, the liquid diet stinks and I have had my moments of gas/bloat feelings but compared to daily reflux it really has not been that bad. Like I said in a previous post, the first two days were the only ones I would describe as unpleasant.

I know I am only one week in and there may be future complications but so far I am very happy with the decision to have this surgery.

couchtater
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   Posted 7/8/2011 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like everything's going along smoothly.
Try doing recovery four days before Christmas. :O
I thought I'd starve to death.
Joy

dencha
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   Posted 7/8/2011 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tduga,

It sounds like you're doing great! Don't forget that your wrap is continuing to swell, and will peak at two weeks. Don't be surprised if you have some difficulties swallowing as a result. Once the swelling peaks, it begins to go down, and you'll do better again.

Keep up the good work!
Denise

Tduga1
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   Posted 7/11/2011 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I seem to behaving a little heartburn today. The difference between now and pre-surgery is nothing is coming up into my throat. Nothing terrible but it is a little uncomfortable. I am only 10 days post surgery and was wondering if anyone else had the same symptoms after their operation?

Gritty
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   Posted 7/11/2011 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
It could just be pain from the surgery. Do you find it's like a tightness in your chest? You're coming up to the worst bit of the diet. Around day 14 the wrap is at its tightest and you're best sticking to nothing but liquids for the next week. Might seem like a small step back but you'll make huge leaps forward after that.

couchtater
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   Posted 7/11/2011 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
It's the swelling. During the swelling phase you sometimes leak a little due to the uneven edges. Be patient and if you're hurting too much take a little liquid antiacid.
Joy

Tduga1
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   Posted 7/11/2011 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
There is some tightness especially in the lower throat. A little burning under the sternum. The odd thing is that it comes and goes and doesn't last more than an hour. Nothing terrible and nothing like heartburn before surgery. I am sticking to the liquids until I go back to the doctor on the 19th. I don't imagine I will eat soup for a while once I get past this stage.

Digidawinwa
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   Posted 7/13/2011 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I am experiencing the same thing Tduga1... but ohhh so diff than before the nissen.... I'm 6 wks post=op today... get kinda burning at times but it comes and goes and doesn't last long at all... I cringe just looking at Campbell's soup.... or broth... or jello... :P I find I can eat just about anything now... made enchiladas last night and did just fine.. and it didn't hurt... no burning.. no pain of any kind... I was almost clapping and doing a happy dance... my husb just doesn't get it... been in so much agony for years... what a blessing this surgery has been!
Fibro, GERD, Idiopathic Subglottic Tracheal Stenosis

Sammi67
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   Posted 7/13/2011 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had that same pain a few times and thought "oh no" but it passes fairly quickly and it's only happened a handful of times for me and I'm 21 days out from when I had my surgery.

Tduga1
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   Posted 7/13/2011 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
No burning today and I even ate some pasta which went down no problem. I planned on sticking with liquids until the 19th but just couldn't do it any more.

I completely understand the excitement that comes with not having to put up with reflux. I tell people to think back to a time when they had terrible heartburn and imagine feeling that way every day for years. I think that is what most of us on here experienced before surgery.
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