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tclvr
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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 7/12/2011 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,

I've been reading this forum for about 2 weeks now but this is the first time I've posted. I'm 26 and will probably be having the Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication surgery. I'm going in tomorrow for the manometry and the doctor said if everything looks good on that then they will try to schedule surgery for August 24th.

I've been taking 40mg of omeprozole twice a day for about 2 years now and the symptoms are just getting worse. I feel like I should actually be taking another pill in the middle of the day.

After reading a lot of the posts on here I feel good about having the surgery. I don't want to take pills for the rest of my life and I'll do ANYTHING to get rid of this pain I'm in, as I'm sure you are all familiar with. I guess my only concern is that I have a 2 year old and I'm worried that I won't be able to pick him up and do simple things, like getting him in his car seat and stuff.

Just wanted to introduce myself and join the club. Hopefully I'll be a member of the wrapped club within the next month or so :)

-Jessica

Digidawinwa
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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 23
   Posted 7/12/2011 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jessica... I'm 6 wks post op Nissen.. I would do this again tomorrow if I had to! soooooo much better! I had been on Nexium since 2005 and it was not doing the trick anymore... the others did nothing! Good luck with your surgery.. it wasn't near as bad as I was expecting! I already feel soooo much better and I removed my bedwedge!! exciting for me.. HAHAHA I don't sleep totally flat yet but almost. I have a friend that has had this done 3 times now and she told me never to pick up heavy stuff because she swears that that is what caused it to come undone... I need to ask the other members in here if they agree with that... I panic when I accidentally pick up something heavy... she said the first time she KNOWS it came undone shoveling heavy snow... ??? I dunno but now I'm wondering about the lifting thing!!
Fibro, GERD, Idiopathic Subglottic Tracheal Stenosis

kyheart
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 7/12/2011 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Jessica.. welcome
I am just past 14 weeks post op. Nissen Fundoplication and hiatal hernia. When I had my surgery done I was told not to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk for the first few weeks. No bending over either.. no pulling and tugging.. For the first couple of weeks you will need some help. You won't be up to standing for long periods to cook and things like that. After that it was said to only add a pound or 2 a week until you were back up to what you were used to. Denise and Joy who are veteran members here (and are great people to know.. they are info headquarters kinda) can enlighten you more. I understand that you will know if you do damage to your wrap.. it HURTS.. that is something I hope never happens to me because I suffered several years with the GERD and reflux and the hernia.. now I am pain free, GERD free and reflux is gone... No more 80mg a day of Nexium anymore and no more asthma meds.. I was told that it was caused by the reflux. This is not the case with everyone.. I am just fortunate I guess.
I have been able to be extra cautious throughout my recovery.. I have no little ones to care for..
discuss your concerns with your surgeon and listen to his advice... the most important advice my doctor gave me was "LISTEN TO YOUR BODY" it will tell you whether it is ready for what you are doing.. this goes for eating or activity...
Please take advantage of this forum.. there is a wealth of advice and support and caring to be had here.. everyone is so giving and they really care about how you are doing.. just post and you will be answered...
Take care and have a great night
Sandi

couchtater
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   Posted 7/12/2011 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Jessica, now is the time to teach your 2yr old to climb into his own car seat. Get a small step stool for him to use getting into the car. You can hold his hand, but don't pull or lift. First teach him how to climb onto the stool. After he masters that teach him how to climb into the car, onto the seat, and then into the carseat. It will make him feel like a big boy and help you a great deal.
You can't lift anything heavier than 5 pounds for six weeks. Then slowly add 5 lbs every few days.
I made the mistake of lifting a student's desk at 6 weeks and it was painful spasms for the rest of the day.
Besides you won't want to drive or go anywhere those first two weeks due to discomfort and medications.

Don't forget to get you some stretchy pants because you will swell for two weeks. I went up two sizes during my swelling time.
Joy

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 7/13/2011 7:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Jessica, Joy is right, your little one will accept the promotion! I had a . . shall we say "structural repair" (wrong forum for gynae issues!) . . when my youngest was 2. I wasn't allowed to lift him, push his buggy or drive for a month. However, without any help I had to get his 4 year old brother to school with the 2 year old walking alongside!! I developed great powers of persuasion and distraction!! I was very afraid of a "sit down strike" in the middle of the road, because I wouldn't have been able to do other than lie down with him! However, things went OK. We allowed extra time for everything, walked slowly and kept him distracted by spotting colours and numbers on houses or cars etc. I made games by deliberately saying the wrong colour and so on.

I bet he could get in his car seat, especially if you hand him a little treat for being a "big boy" (if needed). You could hold his hand for him to get up and down things, but be wary of holding both hands as he may suddenly stop supporting himself leaving you with all his weight. Bathtime may be tricky, but if you have a walk in shower he might like doing that instead, on the days when there isn't a helping hand around.

The downside for me was that my 2 year old considered himself promoted and he never ever got in his buggy again!! I never carried him again after that either (to protect the repairs I had), but that doesn't mean he didn't get lots of cuddles!
New stuff: GERD. Interstitial Cystitis
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies, eczema, asthma

tclvr
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Date Joined Jul 2011
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 7/13/2011 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the warm welcomes! I just started trying to teach my son how to get in and out of his car seat- I don't know why I waited this long anyways! He's a pretty busy boy so it's difficult at times but I think he's getting the hang of it..

My mom will be taking some time off work after my surgery to help and my sister might fly in from Arizona to help also. My husband works 40+ hours a week and doesn't get any 'sick time' so I'll need all the help I can get the first few weeks. Hopefully everything goes smooth.

Well I go in for my manometry in about 2 hours. I'm a little nervous but I'm trying to tell myself to be calm!

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 7/13/2011 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi tclvr

Welcome to Healing Well! I'm so glad you've joined us. As you can see there are many very knowledgeable and experienced members here, and they've given you the very best of advice!

We will be here to answer any and all of your questions to the very best of our ability and you move through the steps, and if you do end up with a Nissen, you know we'll happily welcome you to our Wrapped Club!

Relax, and know that this surgery is a godsend for those of us who need it. You might read some scary posts on the internet, but those are the exceptions, not the rule.

I do suggest that if you schedule the Nissen Fundoplication surgery, you very carefully choose who is going to do it. In the right hands, the surgery is a wonderful improvement, and in the hands of an inexperienced surgeon it can cause more problems than you have already. You'll want a surgeon who has done at least 300 or so procedures in a smaller city, or 1000+ in a larger area. It's the type of surgery that requires lots of practice, as it seems to be more of an art than a science!

Again, welcome to the forum!
Best wishes,
Denise

couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 7/13/2011 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
How did the manometry go for you?
It's not fun, but so important.
Joy

tclvr
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Date Joined Jul 2011
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 7/13/2011 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh man, that was NOT fun! I had difficulties in the beginning, before I got the swallowing down. But once I got into a pattern of swallowing and not swallowing I did pretty good. I think I had to do the salty water test about 13 times instead of just 10 times cuz I swallowed too much in the beginning. It's hard to determine what was the worst- getting it through my sinuses, pulling it back up into position, or taking it out lol

But yes, it is very important and I'm glad I'm one step closer. The lady who performed it said that I did good and they should get good results from it.

Now I feel like I have water in my nose (like when you inhale wrong while swimming) and a noodle stuck in my throat. I'll be glad to go home and rest after work!

tclvr
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Date Joined Jul 2011
Total Posts : 8
   Posted 7/13/2011 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh and thank you for the welcome Denise! I have done lots of research on the surgeon who will be performing it. He's been doing them since before I was born :) When I was getting the manometry today the nurse who was performing it looked at my chart and saw my doctors name and said 'Oh, he's the best! He's done millions of these!' So it's good to know that he is well known also.

couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14475
   Posted 7/13/2011 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
It took two times to get mine down. :O
They had to lay me down and adjust it a couple of times to find the right spot. They accidently put it too far down at first. :<

It's a hard test to get through.
Joy
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