My surgeon told me that I would not be able to burp or vomit after my surgery, but lo and behold, I was able to do both. (Keep in mind that even if you can vomit, you shouldn't, so if it should happen you need to have anti nausea drugs at hand to stop things immediately. If you feel like you're going vomit, take the anti nausea drugs right away, as vomiting can cause harm to your wrap. Mine is fine, thankfully.)
While I was still in the hospital I was already burping little burps. A surgeon in the practice with mine said that I might be able to burp (when I questioned him), and said that it would be beneficial.
I will say this about
my burping. I have always felt as if the burping occurs on its own. My stomach burps itself. I can't "burp" by forcing it. It's either going to burp itself or it's not going to burp.
I have found that the bloating does get better over time. Mine has been very inconsistent. At times my stomach burped itself and all is well. It's those times that for some reason it doesn't happen that I've had bloating. And yes...if you don't burp it out, it'll come out the back door in a big way. Hey, it's just one of those things.
You'll find that as you continue healing your bloating/burping/farting issues will decrease. Every once in a while, for no apparent reason, I will get some bloating, but I don't consider it a real problem.
While I was having the loud grumbling issues, it was very embarassing. The problem is when you're in a quiet place and your stomach is so loud that everyone else can hear it. I can tell you that this problem doesn't bother me any more. Maybe I'll get it once in a blue moon, but I can't remember the last time it happened. It's more a healing symptom.
Why does it happen? I haven't a clue.
Our surgeons have never had this procedure. That's why this forum is such a great resource. You can come here to find out if you're the only one who has experienced this side effect of the surgery, or if it's a pretty common problem.
I wouldn't try too hard to burp things out. When your stomach burps you burp. Are you drinking with a straw, or talking while you're eating? Both can introduce more air into your stomach. If you eat something that tends to be gassy, try taking BEANO at the same time you eat and see if that helps. Gas-X can help, but if you're not in a burping mode it's not much help. I find that if I start having a little stomachache, I can take some Gas-X and it goes away. You might try the Gas-X at the beginning of your bloating, before things get out of hand.
Stay away from soda/pop. It's filled with artificial carbonation. Some can drink it without problems, others can't. You may find that as your healing progresses you will be able to drink it again. If you enjoy it flatter, let it sit out for a while and get rid of some of that carbonation.
Bill, a moderator here, says that he's heard that people with GERD tend to swallow in a way that introduces more air into their stomachs. Do you find you swallow a lot in between meals? Whenever you swallow without eating you introduce air into your stomach.
On the bright side, think of how well your wrap is holding that acid in your stomach! Before you had the surgery your LES didn't stop any gas OR acid from entering your esophagus. Creating a wrap is a balancing act...making it tight enough to do the job while but loose enough to avoid bloating.
If your discomfort persists no matter what you do, you can always get it dilated. However, if you can give it longer to heal, it may resolve on its own.
Glad you've joined us! There aren't that many people "out there" in our lives who've had the surgery and can understand what we're going through. It's great to have our family or wrapped friends here at Healing Well to talk to!
Take care, Cindy. Hang in there. Things will get better. (I can go to a meeting now without serenading everyone with stomach grumbles!)
Post Edited (dencha) : 8/12/2011 9:13:33 AM (GMT-6)