Three Weeks 1 Day Post Nissen-Anybody Burp or something similar?-Questions

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   Posted 11/16/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a great forum.  I should have gotten on hear prior to my surgery to know what to expect and what to do.
I have a couple of questions.  My surgery went very well via the doc/nurses.  I believe my wrap is tight because I have had no reflux. 
My first question is, immediately after surgery the nurse asked me how I felt and I told her that I had an air bubble trapped.  She told me that was normal and to belch.  At first I was hesitate as I thought you suppose not to be able to belch.  After 15 minutes, I let out a baby burp.  Now, if I take too big a drink and by the time it drains down, I have a baby burp.  Sometimes, I feel like I am going to burp but it turns out to be a cross between a burp and a hiccup.  Just wondering if anybody else has burped or has the feeling like they are going to burp post nissen.
Next question, I was not warned to eat only a cup or so at a time.  The first two weeks that was not a problem as only could eat a cup max.  Now, three weeks later, I ate a normal bowl of soup and I felt a little pain at the stomach.  15 minutes later, I thought my stomach would explode due to feeling bloated/full I backed off to eating just a cup several times a day to avoid stretching.  I have not had the pain since then.  I believe that this is just normal as your stomach is now smaller but I figured I would ask the experts.  Thanks, Tim

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   Posted 11/16/2011 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tim,
I'm glad you've gotten your own thread.  After I had my Nissen, I began "burping" immediately, even in the hospital. Like you, I was told I wouldn't be able to burp.  I really think it's more the stomach burps for us...I can't force a burp out anymore, but I just have to wait patiently until my stomach is ready to burp itself.
I was concerned when I found I could burp, since I was told I wouldn't be able to.  Another surgeon in the group who signed me out of the hospital said that I may be able to burp and that would be a good thing.  Your stomach burping will help you keep from getting as bloated.  My problem has been when, at times, (long after the stage you're at) I eat too much and there is too much pressure on the wrap to allow it to burp.  That's the only time I get bloated. 
I was worried that burping was in indication that the wrap was too loose, and I wondered that if air could escape acid might, too.  I was told that air could escape without allowing reflux to occur.  And it does.
As far as pain after eating too much...Keep in mind that your stomach was pulled, stretched, and wrapped around your esophagus.  Those things still have a lot of healing to do.  I was told long ago that it took 6 months for the majority of healing to occur, and a full year for the rest.'s normal to have pain at this point when you overeat.  Your eating plan sounds very sensible.  Small amounts more often is the ticket.
Again, glad you've joined us!
Take care,

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   Posted 11/16/2011 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks! You put my mind at ease. Just by looking at a few post on here, I realized a lot of the things I was experiencing were normal. I am trying every thing to make this a successful recovery. Tim
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