Don't be surprised if you get to stages in the first couple of weeks where your wrap gets very "tired" and sore after swallowing. It's totally understandable. Your upper GI tract has gone through a dramatic revision, and it will take time to adjust. While your outsides will heal quickly your insides will take 6 months for the majority of healing and a full year for the rest.
Keep in mind that your wrap swelling will continue to increase and will peak somewhere around Day 14 give or take a few days. Because of that your swallowing will get worse before it gets better. That's the reason your surgeon has given you the liquid diet for the first month.
You don't need to be worried. Some recommend a chewable multivitamin during this time for nutrition intake. I didn't take one, but probably I should have. You'll be sure to lose weight...everyone does. I lost 14 pounds...some lose more. It's normal, since you're eating so little at the beginning. This will all resolve as healing proceeds and you'll be back to eating normally.
Hang in there...the first week is the toughest.
Did your surgeon give you a nausea script? Mine didn't, but people here strongly recommended that I should have a nausea drug on hand, should I catch a stomach bug. There have been people who have damaged their wrap by retching or vomiting. I asked my surgeon for one and he gave me disolvable Zofran. My PCP gave me Compazine suppositories. The Zofran is easier to use when traveling, but I take both with me at all times. Some here also use Phenegran.
The Compazine suppositories work best for me. I had two bouts with stomach viruses--one at the year mark and one at the two year mark. No matter how long you're wrapped it always better to try not to vomit. When I had the bugs I didn't know if I would be able to vomit (my surgeon said no), but I was. Still even if you can vomit it's better not to. I took anti-nausea drugs drugs immediately upon knowing I was sick. Both times I was caught unawares, so did vomit once. I haven't had any problems as as a result.
Be sure to avoid straws, iced or very cold drinks, and carbonated beverages. The straws and carbonation can add to your bloating, and the cold drinks can cause esophageal spasms.
Once you're moved to a soft, mushy diet, here's a great link to information and food planning:
Also, here is a link to my early healing thread here at Healing Well. It describes the first 19 days of my recovery, and it might provide some idea of what you might expect. Everyone is different, but you might find it helpful.
Again, glad you've joined us. You're definitely in the right place.
Post Edited (dencha) : 1/8/2012 9:12:29 AM (GMT-7)