Nissen Fundoplication Post OP

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   Posted 8/2/2011 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   

I wanted to give a perspective of what it was like immediately following the NF surgery. I hope this will give some peace to some and maybe better prepare anyone that may experience the same things I did.

My surgery was almost 4 hours and when I woke in the recover area I was experiencing chest pains so they immediately ran an EKG and everything was fine with my heart, it was the air they pumped into me for the surgery.

I found that breathing was difficult and painful at first something to do with my diaphragm and things being repositioned, what I do know is the IV drugs were a relief and when they wore off the chest pain and breathing pain was difficult to manage so I kept them giving it to me until the air subsided.

As soon as I could (the next day) I got them to detach some tubes so I could do some walking, walking allowed the air to get out and gave me GREAT relief.

I insisted on the IV drugs because when they tried to give me pills it just didn’t give me the ability to take deep breaths and I read it was really important to practice deep breathing while recovering as it helps prevent the lungs from building up fluids that could result in pneumonia.

I was released at around noon the day after surgery and continued walking laps around the house and eventually around the block and took my medication (pain pills) as prescribed for about 4 days.

I stuck to doing everything they suggested on the diet plan and got creative with my blender, I have “over done it” a few times and learned that it’s better to eat much less, and stop 4 hours before bed.

I hope this helps someone; I consider my surgery a success and will update any changes.



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Date Joined Mar 2011
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   Posted 8/2/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for posting this! I embark on my wrap in 6 days. Blenders/juicers will likely be my saving grace.

Hope that chest pain subsides and you are on a great path to recovery! Keep us posted!


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   Posted 8/2/2011 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Remember surgery is different for some people.
My surgery lasted one hour. The only tubes I had was IV and oxygen (the latter was removed once I woke up).
I had pressure boots on my legs which stayed on until I was dismissed.
I only needed one pain shot during my 24 hr stay. :)
I never got the shoulder pain everyone complains about afterwards.
I only took pain meds for four days, mainly to sleep.

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   Posted 8/7/2011 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all

Well just reading all the post about this surgery is like really freaking me out. How you can only eat like 1 to 2 oz of liquid at a time.I dont know if i can go through this.,But i have had heartburns since i was pregnant with my oldest son.,He is now 20.I am up most of the night sleeping agaisnt the wall.Or i will be visiting the stool.I get sick all the time due to all the acid.everthing i eat or drink will trigger an attack.I been on meds for ever,I take like 4 to 5 acid reducers a my prescribed i have the hitial hernia.So the dr says i need to have the many weeks do you feel like you cant eat any food.How long do we have to eat a liquid diet.when will they usually let us go back to you really feel full just after alittle bit of food.can we eat like the fruits that are in the baby food jars.i am just making me sick to my stomach reading all the post on all the sites.i seen the video of what they do.i hoping i get the laproscopoy one.instead of the open surgery.I know i shouldnt be looking at the videos cause i am freaking myself did you guys prepare for this,then have to cook meals for the family and not being able to eat do you tht.I am a major pop person.can i have pop.and how much weight do most people lose from this.thanks for listeing to me as i am 40yrs old and so scared.i ahve had alot of surgerys like facial reconstruction and like 5 other surgerys ut this one is making me the most nervous.thanks so much vista

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   Posted 8/7/2011 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
How you can only eat like 1 to 2 oz of liquid at a time?
Beleive it or not you won't want more, because your stomach is smaller for awhile. I ate every two hours about a 1/2 cup of liquid. This is only for two weeks during the swelling phase. then you can move on to baby food type foods.
How many weeks do you feel like you can't eat any food?
You can eat, just not a lot at a time.
How long do we have to eat a liquid diet?
about 2-3 weeks.
When will they usually let us go back to work?
I was back in two weeks, but I was on desk duty.
Do you really feel full just after a little bit of food?
Yes, during recovery your stomach is smaller from the remodeling and swelling.
Can we eat like the fruits that are in the baby food jars?
Yes, if it's soupy (during the first two weeks)
I am just making me sick to my stomach reading all the post on all the sites. I seen the video of what they do. 
Yes, too much information can be overwhelming and scary.
I'm hoping I get the laproscopic one instead of the open surgery.
Unless there is a problem you'll probably be done laproscopic. Five little one inch sized cuts is not bad at all.
I know I shouldn't be looking at the videos cause I am freaking myself out. How did you guys prepare for this? Then have to cook meals for the family and not being able to eat it. How do you that?
My family cooked for themselves and I ate out of my special cooler and drank my broth.
I am a major pop person. Can I have pop?
If you let it go flat, you can have all you want during the first two months. tongue It's the bubbles that are bad for you. After two months you can try it regular. I drink it when I want to now. (19 months post-op)
How much weight do most people lose from this?
I lost 20 lbs but it came back with friends after I started eating normal again. shakehead
I am 40 yrs old and so scared.
I'm 43 and had my surgery when I was 41. I was scared too.

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   Posted 8/7/2011 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
just wanted to tell you guys thank both have both helped me to relax alittle.and i will contuine looking at this site,to fallow up with everyones recovery.i should find out my surgery date like the 18th.of when i go se the dr to schedule.

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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 8/7/2011 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Visl6

Im 6 weeks post-op after suffering with GERD/Hiatus Hernia for almost 10 years & returned to work today on half days & light duties for 2 weeks. (I had an open nissen because of complications). Im feeling great & dont regret having surgery one bit. I am 55 years old & was scared about having surgery but knew that something had to be done if I was going to lead any sort of normal life.

The diet is challenging but once you can start adding soft veggies & finely blended meats it gets more interesting. Im still on soft & mushy foods as well as pasta with creamy sauce, eggs (omelet or scrambled) & finely blended meat, chicken & steamed fish. I have to stay on these types of foods until I see my surgeon at the end of the month which will be at 8 weeks.

I can only manage about 1/2 cup of food at any one time & over-eating is very easy to do because your stomach takes so long to register when it is full. I have found if I eat slowly & have a gap between each spoonful I can get a better indication of being full before I get overfull. I've lost about 17lbs so far.

Good luck making your decision about surgery. There are some horror stories on the internet but from my personal experience I have found the benefits far outweigh the risks.

Please stay with us because there are some very caring, knowledgeable people here who will be able to answer your questions, calm your fears & support you through your recovery.

Best wishes


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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/8/2011 11:30 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks you all so much,you all have calmed me down alot.i go see the surgeon aug 25 to schedule my surgery.i am still scared to death but i know i have to do this.i cant do this many nights of not sleeping and heartburn everytime i the dr said this is my last resort.they done tried everything hopefully in about 3 weeks i will be haertburn free and doing as great as all of you.each one of you all are in my prayers and i hope the best in your recovery.god bless you all. vista

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 9/9/2011 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Wish I had read this before my op, I found that if I drank and ate stood up it was much better. It's now 3 days since my wrap and the pain is just going. I am finding it hard to know what to eat as it's still painful when I do, but on the plus side I have been heartburn free as I have had constant daily heartburn for over 2 years I know I made the right choice to have it done.
So if your reading this do what the first post says and walk around it really does work.
Best wishes to anyone having or who has had this op I know how you feel.
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