swallowing after nissen

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   Posted 1/6/2012 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi am new to the forum,
Had a nissen wrap and gall bladder removal in July 11, was in bad shape with months of vomiting had nasel bowel feed cause of malnutrition for 5 weeks before op. Recovery has been really slow, on nausea and pi meds. Can't eat and drink properly and on calagen and fortisp. Still have problems with my throat, gas and bowels. Has anyone had physio to help with swallowing, does it work. Don't feel I could cope with invasive tests or treatment as had enough. Just want my life back.
thanks for listening.

Post Edited (psych58) : 1/6/2012 5:34:58 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/6/2012 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   

So you found our forum, but do you know about all the wonderful resources HealingWell has to offer?  Do check out our resouce thread at the top of the page. A warm welcome to you.

From reading your post I see you were in very bad health going into surgery which is going to make your healing longer as your body needs to build itself back up.  Your concerns are very legitimate and I know you will be hearing from members that have had the Nissen.

I do not know the answer re physio to help with swallowing but would suspect that it has merit. Be sure to discuss this with your Dr. as well.

Again I am glad to meet you and look forward to getting to know you better.





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   Posted 1/6/2012 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the welcome, was in bad shape, mainly cause they kept doing tests after test and not really treating me with anything other than meds, that clearly were not working.
Look forward to hearing from others, so many people I know just don't understand how I feel.
Thanks again take care. Psych58

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   Posted 1/6/2012 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Psych58,
I agree with Kitt, that your long bout with health issues will make you recovery longer and more difficult.  The amount of vomiting you did is enough to throughly inflame your esophagus, and I suspect the gallbladder surgery is also playing a role here.  Recovery from that alone can cause some big issues.  In combination with a Nissen, there is no doubt that you're being doubly challenged.
You will definitely find plenty of people here who understand what you're going through.  I truly think that with time the things your struggling with will resolve.  I know that there are others who have had difficulty recovering from gallbladder surgery alone.  When paired with a Nissen, it's going to take longer.  There's no way around it.
You're just at the six month mark, in which a significant amount of healing has occurred.  Still it takes a full year (and I have found even longer) for complete healing.  I found improvements occuring even past the one year mark.
Surgeons never understand fully what recover is like unless they happen to have the surgery themselves.  That's why a forum like this is great.  I agree...others in your family, and friends, have no idea what you're dealing with.  I'm glad you've joined the forum.  I'm sure others will be by to add their comments and support.
Best wishes,

Post Edited (dencha) : 1/6/2012 8:35:48 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/6/2012 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
thank you Denise,
I am looking forward to the day I can eat and drink as I used to. I know I am quite impatient. Glad I joined as reading other peoples experiences is helpful. I don't think the surgeons really explain properly how long the recovery is.
Take care

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   Posted 1/6/2012 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Unfortunately, they never do.

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   Posted 1/7/2012 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
be careful, as I have heard that during these surgeries your vagus nerve can be damaged or cut which controls a lot of factors of your digestive system, swallowing being one of them. I hope you recover soon and can go back to swallowing normal again. if not, this will be an issue to discuss with your doctor.

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   Posted 1/7/2012 4:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I am due to see my surgeon later this month and will ask some more questions, my gp is not that helpful. I do know that they perforated my osphagus and repaired it during the op but they are very evasive when I try to talk about it. I didn't really have a choice as I was so unable to eat without vomiting before I had my op but I would seriously advise people to be consider their options very carefully before having this surgery.

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   Posted 1/7/2012 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Sorry to hear of your difficulties. I am wondering how many of these surgeries your surgeon has done successfully. I realize things can happen, but seems they would take extra care to avoid damaging esophagus. I had an esophageal perf repaired on 3/1/11. Mine was torn during an EGD. I had one heck of a time recovering from that. Chest tubes, feeding tubes, and esophageal stent. The stent tore my wrap apart which I had redone on 8/24/11.

Hoping things get better for you quickly.

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