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Moongate
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Date Joined Oct 2011
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   Posted 10/1/2011 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I found you all while researching the Nissen procedure several months ago. My surgery is in two days. Am both nervous and scared--this will be my first 'big' surgery, laparascopic or not--but also excited by the chance to finally lay the hated GERD to rest. This site has already provided a wealth of information and encouragement. I'm glad to have found you!

somedaysarediamonds
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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 10/1/2011 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Moongate,

As you will be told by many folks if you stay on HW for very long, you are beginning an adventure which will require a lot of patience on your part but which will be so very worth it in the end. My NF was August 1 of this year and in a way it seems like 6 months and in another way it seems like just yesterday.

You'll get lots of good advice from people who have been through this surgical procedure and who have many years of recovery under their belts. Sometimes it's hard to listen and be patient but patience is the key to this particular surgery and the ensuing weeks and months until you get to the point where your stomach and your body finally settle down to your new normal.

As a "not very patient person" I can promise you up front that you will need to practice having patience just as the good folks on this site will tell you but it will be so worth it.

Welcome to HW and I wish you the best on Monday.
Drop back in and let everyone know how you are progressing.

Good luck!
Rita
What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it. - Gabriel García Márquez

Lap Nissen Fundoplication August 1, 2011

stkitt
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   Posted 10/1/2011 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the GERD/Heartburn forum. This forum is for questions, discussions and support relating to:Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD - Heartburn) and include causes, complications, diagnosis, medical treatments, surgical Treatments, and symptoms.

I am glad to read that you have found the forum so helpful already and I wish you the very best going into surgery so please keep posting . You will find the members warm and caring, wise and supporting.

Kindly,

Kitt


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kyheart
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 10/1/2011 10:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell Moongate turn tongue turn

I just wanted to stop by and welcome you to the forum and to encourage you to continue to come here for help, answers or just for the caring and support that the people here give so freely. This is a scary time, you are beginning the road to health by way of surgery. The adventure you are beginning will take patience as Halloweenbaby said. I am 6 months post op lap Nissen with Hiatal Hernia yesterday. I have done extremely well in recovery. One thing you need to do is go into this with a positive attitude and try to continue that throughout your recovery.. it can be trying at times but, the results are worth it

Please come back as soon as possible after your surgery and stay with us and let us help you through your recovery and enlighten new members on the process you have gone through. We are all different in how we recover this procedure. GOOD LUCK on Monday.... sending you healing thoughts...

Again Welcome and please stay with us..

Reach for the Sunshine.. Rainbows will follow

Sandi

opnwhl4
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   Posted 10/2/2011 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Moongate-
Welcome and good luck with your surgery. Soon you will be a member of the "wrapped club". As the others have said be very patient and as Denise says " surrender to your recovery". Every body recovers a bit different, but also a bit the same from this surgery. I had my 3 one on 8/24/11 and this one was done open, but I think it's been the easiest to recovery from. Which is strange since usually the more times they redo it, it is usually more difficult to recover from. Guess a lot of it depends on your surgeon too.
I had no doubts about my surgeon since I have been seeing him for about 3.5 years. When you are able come back and let us know how things are going and if you have any questions do hesitate to ask.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

dencha
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   Posted 10/2/2011 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Moongate,
 
I'd like to join others her who have welcomed you to Healing Well, and soon to membership in our Wrapped Club! turn    Best wishes for a very positive outcome and uneventful recovery!  We'll all be here waiting to welcome you to our club.  We're more than ready to answer your questions and support you through your recovery!
 
As Bill said, if you can surrender to your recovery and follow where it takes you, you'll find it much easier.  Those who struggle against what is, become frustrated, and that makes it more difficult to deal with.  We're with you offer support and share our own experiences.
 
Good luck!  Talk to you on the other side!
Denise

Moongate
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Date Joined Oct 2011
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   Posted 10/12/2011 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for your encouragement! It brought tears to my eyes. I was scared, and your support helped so much.

I had my surgery on Oct. 3. The surgeon closed my large hernia and then did a full wrap, and was very pleased with how things went. I was in the hospital overnight and went home around noon the next day.

I had fears and expectations, but none of them involved having an easy time of it. Thanks be to God, that's what I've had. No pain, no nausea, just a rash from the antiseptic prep. It's SO GOOD to be able to lie down flat in bed again and sleep like a baby and SO GOOD to be able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded and SO GOOD to be able to bend over without having my stomach contents fly up my esophagus! I am SO HAPPY I had this done! Wish I'd had it done years ago!

kyheart
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Date Joined Apr 2011
Total Posts : 513
   Posted 10/12/2011 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Moongate

So happy to say "WELCOME TO THE WRAPPED CLUB!!!!! tongue yeah turn tongue yeah turn


Please stay with us and let us journey through your recovery with you. If there are questions that come up, please ask us and we will answer to the best of our ability..

Again, welcome and I am so happy it was all you could have hoped for.. remember that your wrap will continue to swell up to day 14-15 and then it will start to recede. If you have had no issues so far you may not have any,, Here's hoping for you cool cool

Reach for the Sunshine.. Rainbows will follow..
Sandi

Moongate
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Date Joined Oct 2011
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 10/22/2011 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your warm welcome! :)

I've passed the two week mark. No swelling, thankfully. I chew my food up very well and have had no trouble. A bit of nausea right now but I think it's the bug that my family has. Taking anti-nausea meds just to be sure.

opnwhl4
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 4961
   Posted 10/22/2011 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Moongate-
Awesome name by the way.

So glad your recovery is going well. I had my 2nd redo on 8/24 and dealt with the nausea also. Not as bad right now though. I think a lot of times our body does this due to the reconfiguration. Please make sure to keep anti nausea meds around even after you heal. Odds are that you may not be able to vomit and dry heaves are horrible.

Wouldn't be surprised if your nausea goes away in a week or so. Seems the 2 month mark is a big hurdle. I felt better then after all 3 of my nissens.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

dencha
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7181
   Posted 10/22/2011 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Moongate,
I'm so glad to hear that things are going well with your recovery.  Just stay patient, keep that great attitude, and go with the flow...if follow your recovery where it takes you, and don't struggle against the process, it'll make things much easier. 
 
Keep in mind that your wrap may swell, and swallowing could get more difficult for a few days, but it will improve as the swelling recedes.
 
If you just do what you're doing...small bites and chew, chew, chew...you'll do just fine!
 
OH...by the way...Welcome to yeah yeah yeah The Healing Well Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah
 
Happy Healing!
Denise
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