Fundoplication Surgery

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Paddy82
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   Posted 11/17/2011 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I am in Hell and am so depressed and in pain. Does anyone on here have any experience or knowledge about the fundoplication surgery? I had one back in 2006, then had it partially taken down and just a few days ago I had it entirely taken down. I am so incredibly bloated, to the point where I can't breathe as good and I literally feel like I'm going to explode. I can belch but it doesn't help. I don't understand this, the point of it being taken down was to ease the pressure so I could belch better and now I feel like I've made it worse. I'm 29, recently engaged and I don't want this to affect my relationship with my lovely fiancee who must feel helpless because there's nothing she can do. Please help me. Why am I still so incredibly bloated and in pain?

Alcie
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   Posted 11/17/2011 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Paddy.

So sorry you are in pain. You're just a few days post-op and everything's swollen. It takes 3 months, generally, to recover from major surgery.

I hope you will call your surgeon. You could have fluid in your lungs or some other problem that needs attending to - nothing we can diagnose in a forum. We're just patients.

Best wishes.
Alcie
 
 

Paddy82
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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think I have anything quite like that, its just that I don't understand why its so hard to expel air out and I'm SO bloated to the point where its excruciating pain if they took the wrap down.

Paddy82
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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone else give me some advice or thoughts? Please.

bcfromfl
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   Posted 11/18/2011 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
If I had to hazard a guess, as Alcie suggested, you are essentially going through the post-op for a Nissen all over again...even though you had the procedure reversed.  Your stomach was wrapped around your esophagus for several years, and had adjusted to that position.  Having the stitches removed still causes trauma and swelling, which, depending upon their location, can still close the LES as if the fundoplication is still in place.
 
Stay in contact with your doctor, and tread lightly while the healing takes place.  I've read that others have had some success with Gas-X during this stage.
 
-Bruce

Paddy82
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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Will the LES eventually loosen back up since the stitches are all taken out?

bcfromfl
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   Posted 11/18/2011 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I see no reason why it wouldn't, but I'm not a doctor.  Since the LES isn't actually stitched closed, but rather "snugged" inside the stomach wrap, it seems like what you're noticing is perhaps irritation and swelling in the LES causing a temporary reduction in diameter.  Another source of pain may be tissues and blood vessels, etc., that were able to shrink/shorten as a result of the upper portion of the stomach being lifted and sutured around the esophagus.  Logic tells me that once the stomach is released from its position, the weight of it (including food and water after meals) might pull on those tissues, perhaps causing pain.
 
Everyone's healing patterns are different, but this sounds like something you'll have to manage as best as you can while things return to normal.  Stay in close contact with your doctor as well -- this is not a common procedure, and they should be giving you a lot of guidance.  Internal organs don't heal nearly as quickly as scrapes, etc., on skin.
 
Keep us posted -- many of us empathize with what you're going through.
 
-Bruce

Paddy82
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   Posted 11/19/2011 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
What do you mean by, "tread lightly"? I appreciate everyone's support and advice, I just hope I don't get stuck like this. I can't live like this, I don't even want to live if that's how it's going to be.

Paddy82
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   Posted 11/19/2011 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I thought that as soon as he took the stitches out that it would go back to the normal position its in? This doesn't happen right away?

Paddy82
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   Posted 11/19/2011 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
It feels like I'm getting some air out but today and yesterday it felt like how I did before I had the most recent surgery. Why would it feel this way? My problems prior to having the first surgery were not just GERD, it was hard to explain. It was all kinds of things, a main one being a feeling like I could not get a deep breath in, EVER. I felt worse and he took it down partially, then I felt fine for a couple years and then last winter I felt horrible so I asked to have it taken down. A doctor in New York told me I shouldn't have had it based on my other symptoms. I just want to go back to having my old stomach problems so that I can try to find out what's going on through medicine. I have found the love of my life and I don't want m life to be ruined because of this. It sucks having to explain to everyone that, "no, actually I'm not feeling better" after everyone thought that after I had this taken down I would. This has ruined my life in so many ways.

dencha
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   Posted 11/27/2011 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Paddy,
How are you doing?  I hope the swelling has decreased and you're having better luck swallowing.
Best wishes,
Denise
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