How painful was the Fundo for You?

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/6/2005 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I've just had my surgery date confirmed for the Partial Landescopic Fundoplication operation that I've decided to have. The date is 21st April, gulp gulp.

Now one thing that is bothering me is how painful the post operation could be. I asked my surgeon about this and he said I should be off Morphine within 36 hours and that codeine painkillers will be enough from then on, but he did seem somewhat vague on the matter.

So I know that there are a whole bunch of people using this forum who've had the operation and I would really appreciate some feedback on how painful you found it the 1st few days post op' and at what point you no longer needed painkillers?

Thank you again for any feedback on this....

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 4/7/2005 7:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Its really not THAT bad.  The worst part for me was the nausea caused from the anesthesia.  Every hour or so, I'd dry heave and the nurses would have to lay on my stomach with a pillow (I guess so I wouldn't hurt anything while it was still healing).  I was in the hospital for two days with the morphine drip and never really noticed that much pain as the nausea was totally mind consuming.  When I left the hospital and went home, I wasn't given any pain meds and the pain became very noticeable while the nausea had stopped.  Its more of a pulled muscle feeling than anything and it doesn't really hurt until you move.  Its amazing how many movements your stomach takes part in.  I had five incisions cut through the muscle and laughing was torture.  Sneezing is even worse.  The real pain lasts probably around a week and a half to two weeks, and after that the incisions have more of a sensitive/tingling feeling.  Its been nine years since and every now and then one of my incisions kind of tingles for a second.   Hope this helps.  If you have any other questions let me know.
BTW - I was 16 when I had this done and I'm going to see my gastro next week to possible have this done again.  My reflux restarted and blew up within the past three months and if I have to have this done every ten years, I'll do it.  The doctors told me that I'd more than likely have to have it done again, but three weeks of pain is worth not having to take medicine every day that doesn't always work. 

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 4/9/2005 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   

I just had mine 4 weeks ago.  Per the doctor I am one of the lucky ones, I can still burp.  The first 28 hours are the worst.  I went in to the hospital at 6a.m. and by midnight the worst has hit.  They will keep you doped up. When you start feeling the pain, call the nurse.  The shots they give you for pain will last 3-4 hours until the peak pain hits. The you will want a shot after 2 hrs.  The pain is more from the gas they use to blow you up.  Call the nurse if your stomach gets upset and if you call a nurse and it takes more the 5 minutes for her to respond, call again.  My hospital even offered my husband a cot so he could stay in my room all the time I was in the hospital.  I sent him home at 7pm, he was keeping me awake with his snoring.  The will send you home with Percocet. After the first few days you will start taking less and less of them until you are taking only 1/2 pills.  Make sure the send you home with medication to keep your stomach settled.  Have a blender handy so you can eat, proteen drinks and lots of soft food.  Get a pestal for grinding you pills up, too.  The doctor will tell you that you can return to work in two weeks.  Don't let them send you back until you are ready.  I work 30 miles from home and it took 3 weeks for me to be able to drive that far by myself.  I could only drive 10 miles after 2 weeks.  I'm heading back to work monday after 4 weeks off.   Follow the doctor's diet, you may have to go 2 weeks like I did with blended food. Write down everything you eat.  If you get gas or indigestion, stop eating what ever it was you ate and try it again in 6 months.  You will feel a lot better if you stay on a bland diet for a while and slowly add the spices back into your diet.  Garlic, tomatoes, peppers and heavy spices are my indigestion foods, I have to slowly increase them back into my diet.  Meats are also hard on me.  No matter how fine I chew them up, I still get disconfort from eating them. I also have problems with ice cream and any iced or refrigerated drinks.  I am realy glad that I have my procedure. After 7 months of 100% disability, It is nice to be able to move again.  You will find that the Doctors like to give everyone the worst case senerio, that way you were warned about all the side effect before you made you choice.  Keep positive and try not to worry,  if you're married you mate will be more worried about you afterwords that you will be.  Try to have someone with you for the first 3-4 days, enjoy being pampered, it wont last long.  You will trying to push yourself after the 2nd week, but watch it.  It is major surgery to fix the damage we do to ourselves.  I started light dusting the 3 week and have progressed up to using the vacumm this last week.


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