I second Bill's warning. My surgeon, who started me on "anything that could be chewed to a liquid" on Day 5 or 6, said that I should avoid soft bread and steak for at least 8 weeks. Even then, I was careful to take tiny bites and chew, chew, chew.
Bread works great as long as it is toasted. Then it can be chewed to a liquid without trouble.
I would suggest that in addition to the positive eating release you received, you remember to take very small bites and chew, chew, chew until what you're eating is in a liquid form. Then you should have not trouble.
I found that a slow cooker was a great option for getting beef tender enough to handle. Try putting some in a slow cooker with carrots, potato, a little onion (dry onion soup mix seasons things nicely as well), some liquid, and cook it for 10-12 hours. There are lots of recipes you can find online.
Here is the URL to a PDF document providing some good information regarding eating post-Nissen.
slhhn.org/docs/pdf/keystonesurgical-fundoplication%20diet.pdf (This link will have to be cut and pasted into your web browser to work. I couldn't get it to work with a direct link. Sorry!)
Like you, I was set free to eat whatever I wanted to at a very early stage. Many here were kept on liquids and soft foods for many weeks. I think that our instructions make recovery much easier. That said, it places much more responsibility on our shoulders. We were made responsible to choose food carefully (I deposited anything that couldn't be chewed to a liquid in a handy paper napkin), take small bites, and chew, chew, chew, chew.
If you do those things, you'll do just fine!
Glad you've joined us. Stick around and ask any question that comes to mind.
Posted 10/2/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks for all the replies. I made lasagna, yesterday with ground beef and it went down just fine. The meat my surgeon cautioned me about is chicken. I went by Red Lobster on the way home, Friday, and had Lobster bisque with pieces of lobster. Had broiled fish and mashed potatoes with the lobster sauce on top. There were large bits of lobster and I did not have any trouble. I am going to be very reluctant about bread tho. Some of it can be hard to get down normally. I am not missing the bread as much as other things. As long as I can hold off on the bread I am. I have lost 9 pounds so far :0)
Thanks again for all the good advice. Sandi had told me about vienna sausage and I had eaten that before I went back to the doctor.
Posted 10/2/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -7)
That's interesting. Most of us have found chicken to be one of the easiest meats to chew to liquid.
It's amazing how different surgeons are regarding eating recommendations.
Posted 10/2/2011 3:56 PM (GMT -7)
As a member here since right after my lap Nissen on April 1 this year, I have to agree with Bill and Denise. Please take it easy when you begin to add foods to your diet. I am at 6 months and I am eating just about everything now except, and this is unusual for everyone, I cannot eat bread yet and I cannot eat any kind of beef except ground beef. My first "food" when I hit the 3 week mark was baked fish. I had no problems with it. I have taken it easy when adding new food but, I am 62 years old and from reading a number of posts, I think as we get older it takes longer to heal and for our stomachs to accept what you are feeding them.
Chicken has always been ok for me since I was about 3-4 weeks. I prefer the dark meat as it is moist where the white meat has a tendency to be drier.
Please stay with us here on the forum and let us know how your recovery is going. If you have any questions or complaints or just want to gripe a bit.. please come here and let us lend our support to you in any way we can.
Reach for the Sunshine... Rainbows will follow
Posted 10/2/2011 5:27 PM (GMT -7)
congratulations on your success and your perseverance
you progress is inspiration to those of us who may be traveling in your foot steps!
Posted 10/2/2011 7:35 PM (GMT -7)
I can see your doc cautioning you about chicken. I had issues with chicken even before I had the surgery. That and soft bread would get stuck when I had strictures, also hotdogs would get stuck too.
Ground beef should be no problem and I can see sea food going down okay. Especially the lobster since it is a firm, but squishy meat. I am able to eat pizza already as long as I take small bites and chew well. I even had cheese pizza tonight and I thought the cheese might be an issue, but I didn't have any problems.
So happy for you that your recovery is going so well. When adding new foods you might want to limit how many you add at once to see if any certain foods are gonna cause a problem like dumping or nausea. That way you will be able to rule out problem foods amd wait to try them again at a later date.
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11
Posted 10/3/2011 5:33 AM (GMT -7)
I am grateful for my progress. It seems I am having (I really do not know the right words to use) an unusually successful recovery. It does not have anything to do with my age. I am 68. I have a friend who knows several people who had the LNF and none of them have had the results I have. The only problem I seem to have is being unable to determine if I am eating too much when I am eating. I have not taken a Nexium since the day before my surgery. My biggest problem was the cough. It is much better, but still there for now. Time will tell if it is from reflux or sinus, allergies, etc. I go to my pulmonary doctor, Friday.
I wonder how much it has to do with our surgeons? The one I have has good success with the LNF. When he told me 6-8 weeks from the date of my surgery I would be eating everything I was eating before the surgery, I told him of this forum and how some have recovery periods of 6 months to a year. He just could not imagine unless there were some problems some had that would cause this healing delay. I know of others who had this same surgeon. He is highly thought of by his patients, as well as, the other physicians in the area. In fact, there was only 1 other surgeon my GI doctor said he would recommend besides mine, and the one I chose was his top pick.
I have a lot of people praying for me also. I am going back to work today.
I am just very thankful. Thanks to all of you.
Posted 10/3/2011 6:38 AM (GMT -7)
I am glad to read how well you are doing and I will say a prayer that as you move forward through the healing process you continue to do well. Keep on talking with us and know we are here to support you.
Happy Monday to you !
~~Kitt~~Moderator: GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be"
Posted 10/3/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -7)
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