Posted 8/11/2020 5:09 AM (GMT -6)
Your surgeon should have gone into great detail with you about the surgery, and your post surgery recovery, this is very important. There is a sticky at the top of this forum called - Nissen Surgery Information - I suggest you read through that - it contains a lot of helpful information. I can give you some information about my recovery, but I can tell you that everyone's recovery is different. It is major abdominal, and I suffered from GERD for most of my adult life, and had NF surgery at 53, a full wrap. I had a large HH, and had the surgery done via DaVinci Robotics. My surgeon did explain to me that I would lose my ability to vomit, and that I would not be able to belch as I had in the past - this wasn't a big issue for me. Use an anti-gas medication containing simethicone. You will most likely experience nausea, make sure you are given a prescription for Zofran. I still experience waves of nausea for no reason five years later, and carry it with me always. He did give me a diet to follow, it was the UPMC post-Nissen diet, and it was very helpful. You can expect small setbacks along the way, they are annoying, such as "dumping syndrome", but are temporary. Your peak swelling period is around 10 days to two weeks and that's when you may experience difficulty swallowing. I didn't feel much better for six months and the "new" me at about one year. I was exhausted for the first three months. Most people do lose some weight, but eventually do gain it back. If you do have additional questions, I suggest that you start your own thread, but I warn you that the Boards are really slow.