avoiding trigger foods even after a Nissen?

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   Posted 11/21/2011 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

I was just reading the post Nissen diet posted under the heading about Dave234's recovery and it looks like triggers such as tomato, citrus, and chocolate are still out. Why is that? What would be the point of having the surgery if you still can't eat normally? When CAN you add tomato products, chocolate, wine, and citrus back in? I know some of you Nisseners have got to be eating these things right?


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   Posted 11/21/2011 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   

I am at almost 8 months post Lap Nissen, I can eat tomato, chili, spaghetti, onions raw and cooked.. and on and on.. I still cannot eat some bread, bagels, the like.. I also cannot drink coffee and I can't eat beef unless it is ground.. just feels like it doesn't want to go down. I can eat chocolate in moderation and I am not a fan of citrus, so I cannot tell you there.. I am still recovering and I feel that eventually I will be able to be back to where I was before the reflux started and changed my life.. all I can say for now is that I would not change a thing.. I would be happy to go through all of this again for the results I have had up to this point..

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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Liz,
The list of foods that were provided to Dave are for during the recovery stage.  While the wrap is healing,  there can be swelling, and it is very possible that a bit of acid could escape.  Having a few bouts of reflux is not out of the ordinary during the recovery process.  In fact, many surgeons keep their patients on PPIs until healing is well on its way.
Also, there are certain triggers that people who've been wrapped might have.  Joy, a member here, seems to have trouble with barbeque potato chips for some reason.  Everyone is different.
I had my surgery in February 2009, and I really eat absolutely anything.  I do stipulate that I have a very reactive stomach, and that can get me into trouble.  For that reason, I avoid coffee most of the time, although if I'm having a special dessert, or breakfast at a nice restaurant, I'll drink a cup or two.  Otherwise I stick with tea.  That's not wrap related...just my crazy stomach.
Still, those of us with very sensitive GI tracts may always have problems with some foods. It's an individual issue.  Still, if someone is suffering from severe reflux, they'll find tremendous relief after surgery.
Take care,

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   Posted 11/21/2011 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
you're good Denise!

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   Posted 11/22/2011 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
wow thanks for the replies guys.

Yes you ARE good Denise. I really enjoy your responses as they are always so thorough.

I was losing hope for a second after reading that post I referenced. I thought geez if I can't even hold the surgery as my last hope in my mind then I guess I will never kick back a few or have an orange again :)

Take care,

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   Posted 11/22/2011 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Liz

Chocolate & tomato were always bad triggers for me but on day 4 post NF while I was still in hospital a nurse gave me a chocolate biscuit to dunk in my coffee. I had no reaction at all & I have been eating meals with tomato pasta sauce & havent had any problems. I am 5 months post op & can eat almost anything. The only thing that gives me problems is eggs but I remember having the same issues after I had my gallbladder removed 26 years ago & eventually things came right so I will try them again someday & see how it goes.

I havent taken any PPI's since the morning of my surgery & have had a couple of random episodes of what I thought was reflux but my GP said it was probably just food that hadnt gone through properly or got a bit stuck & was irritating the wrap.

I know everyone heals differently & hearing scary stories can make it easy to get worried when you dont know whats happening but Denise & several others here are caring & supportive so their advice in always invaluable.

Good luck & take care


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   Posted 11/22/2011 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   

I have eaten anything I want after the recovery with all 3 of my nissens. My last was 8/24/11 and I eat anything I want. In fact we are having pizza tonight.

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