12 days post-op

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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/28/2011 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all forum users!  Thanks for the opportunity to read and vent.  I am 12 days post-op Nissen, and see my surgeon tomorrow with the hopeful possibility of returning to work!!!  I'm doing quite well with the recovery, and find the limitation of "a real meal" tolerable at this time, but I sure could go for a nice warm piece of my husband's homemade bread!!!  Honestly, I have not had any problems with the recovery, but my concern is that I am still experiencing night time GERD in the middle of the night.  That is exactly the problem that precipitated this surgery!!!  I have no problem in the day time, and I am off all Prilosec at this time.  Before surgery, I could not get through the day without the Prilosec!!!  In the night I experience chest (wrap area) pain that wakes me and feels like pain that I associate with "heart attack" pain.  All cardiac tests have been done previously and I'm clear there!  Any words of wisdom for me???
By the way, wish I had found this forum before surgery!  It really is a wealth of information and would have just put my mind at ease about some of the burning questions and problems I had going on in my head!!!

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 8/28/2011 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
You're still early in the healing stages. Your wrap is still swollen and you can have little leaks. Also I still had quirks during the time your in (spasms, heartburn, painful hiccups).
Give it time to heal. Remember when you you go back to work not to lift or carry anything over 5 lbs for four more weeks. Do nothing strenious for three months.

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   Posted 8/28/2011 5:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Saginaw,

Welcome to our Healing Well yeah yeah yeahWrapped Club yeah yeah yeahI'm very glad you've joined our group! Please feel free to vent and ask questions--there are many experienced "wrapped" members who can share their own experiences and offer you support in your recovery.

I don't know how strict your surgeon is with eating, but I was set free to eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid on Day 6. Bread is out, but if it's well toasted it then becomes crunchy and easily chews to a liquid. Just a thought.

Keep in mind that the espophagus is a dumb organ and interprets all pain as heartburn. My hunch is that when you lie down it puts more pressure on your healing wrap and causes you pain. I notice even after two years post-op every once in a while if I lie on my side I can wake up with something akin to heartburn pain. I think it just pulls on the wrap.

During the early healing stages I continued to sleep on my wedge pillow. It seemed like elevating my upper body was more comfortable and didn't put as much pressure on my healing wrap. You might give that a try. Also, in these early days you might want to take a pain med at bedtime to help you through the healing.

Glad you've joined us, and I hope you stick around. Ask questions and we'll do our best to offer helpful information. Many here have experienced just what you're experiencing, and we know how scary it can be.

Take care...we're here for you!

Post Edited (dencha) : 8/28/2011 9:28:40 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Aug 2011
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   Posted 8/29/2011 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for responding. I know I'm probably expecting a miracle to happen overnight!!! I know it is a lengthy recovery but I was not expecting to feel the very same way I did before I went into surgery! It's good to hear and read on this forum that you and others have also experienced this same thing. I'll see what my surgeon has to offer today.

In my original post, I did not mention that there was also a hiatal hernia repair done along with that Nissen.

As far as food selection and eating, I'm not doing too badly. I do know that bread is evil at this time!! Just dreaming! I've not experienced any problems eating any one particular thing. The key is to take small bites, eat in small portions, and chew,chew, chew. The only thing so far that has given me any distress is ice cream and that is like my most favorite thing to eat in the world! For some reason it is upsetting my stomach.

I will get back to you after I see the doc today. As far as returning to work, I have a cushy job and no lifting or heavy work involved, just getting up very early!!!!
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