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linann923
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   Posted 1/17/2012 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Been reading some old posts and they are not very encouraging... I have 40% stomach displacement, so don't have much choice. Just trying to discern what to expect after surgery.    linann923
 
 

dencha
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   Posted 1/17/2012 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi linann,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Quite the contrary, many here have had great results with their surgery and would get it done again in a heartbeat. 
 
Everyone handles the recovery in their own way. Right now we have quite a few people who are in their very early weeks of recovery, and there are certainly some challenges in the beginning.
 
I had the surgery 3 years ago, and am very happy I did.  Here's a link for my own recovery journal that I posted here on the forum as I lived through the first 19 days of recovery.  It will give you an idea of what to expect.  http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
 
Keep in mind that a relaxed and positive attitude toward the recovery will make it much easier.  If you can go with the flow and surrender to your recovery, you'll have a much more positive experience.  Just follow it where it takes you.  Those who struggle against what is, have a lot of trouble dealing with it.
 
Glad you've joined us!
Denise

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/17/2012 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi linann-

I agree with Denise. I would do it again tomorrow! Most of the poets here that are about problems early on change to success stories after giving their body time to heal. This is not a short recovery. You have to have patience and keep looking ahead to the final outcome. It is worth it!

Take care,
Bill devil
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imstarryeyed
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   Posted 1/18/2012 1:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi linann,

I was in the same situation as you. Most of my stomach was in my chest and it was moving fast. My surgeon didn't give me a choice. I had a large paraesophageal hernia repaired and nissen one month ago. I feel great and eat normally. I am cautious and chew well and eat smaller amounts.

All people are different, of course, and you are going to hear from the ones, most often, who have problems. I didn't want this surgery because I wasn't suffering but my surgeon told me it was dangerous to NOT have it. I'm glad I made the decision to go through with it so I don't have to worry about an emergency surgery and life threatening condition in my future. All of the things I worried about going wrong DIDN'T.

I have no regrets. Best wishes to you,
Starry

Jesper A
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   Posted 1/18/2012 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linann,
I was having my surgery on 8th of Nov and have had a very smooth recovery. I have just come back from a 1 week skiing vacation, I have no restrictions eating and generally feel well.

I am unfortunately still a long way from being cured but in terms of the op the only problem I have had was food getting stuck for 4 week period. If you accept that you need the op and are determined to get through the ups and downs it will help you getting through recovery.

J

linann923
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   Posted 1/18/2012 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
OH, Thank you everyone. I feel much more positive with all your comments. I, at first was thinking of this as no big deal, then the more I read....uh oh, what have a gotten myself into. But after reading your wonderful words of encouragement, I know I can get through this and come out a winner.

Best, Linann
linann923

opnwhl4
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   Posted 1/18/2012 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Linann-

Read all you can find and be as informed as you can be. Be patient and follow your surgeons instructions and all will be well. If you have any specific questions and don't see any answers here please ask us.

Jesper-
Good to here your trip went well. Haven't heard from you in a while and was wondering how things were going.

Take care,
Bill
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linann923
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   Posted 2/8/2012 12:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I am two weeks post surgery and have been most appreciative of info I have found here. I found surgeons very good at least so far, but they just don't know what it is really like. They do not warn or suggest using ice for left chest pain. I discovered that myself (had not read that here, or had passed over it). I went through more ice than anything at hospital. Ended up doing battle with nurses when I asked them for stronger pain med. They didn't want to call the doctor to ask....that seems to be a real sore point. Finally got through after I called the doctor myself. Also asking for pain med constantly instead of nurse checking to see if I needed it. Found I had hernia big enough to hold 50% of my stomach. No wonder I had trouble breathing for so long. I had quite a time convincing my gastro people that hiatal hernia was the cause. I may be speaking too soon, but so far so good. Trying to be patient as everyone suggests. Eating a lot of ice cream, italian ice, mushy noodles, juice etc. Pain better in chest, but worse over more on left side. Will see how it is tomorrow.
linann923

opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/8/2012 4:31 AM (GMT -6)   
linann-

Great news. The left side incision is the most used port hence the more pain. I did help for me, but heat worked even better. A PT told me that ice helps the first 24/38 hours, but after that heat helps with muscle healing. Something about more blood flow or something. I can see how ice would help with the pain, but please be careful how long you keep it on there.

Remember you are in this for the end result. There may be some bumps along the way, they can be managed.

Take care,
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 2/8/2012 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linann,
If the ice helps, and the heat aids in healing, I suggest alternating heat and ice.  I used ice for two weeks without ay trouble.  I can't take much into my stomach without a problem (it's very reactive) so I avoided added meds that I could do without.  I always use ice for aches and pains.  Since I had a lung infection, I coughed incessantly, which made the pain much worse. 
 
Glad to hear you're on the other side! Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah
Remember, if you can surrender to the reovery and follow it where it takes you, you'll find your recovery far easier.  It is as it is.  It'll take its own sweet time, so might as well just go along for the ride!
 
Stick around and ask questions whenever they crop up.  There are no stupd questions, so anything you're worrying about or wondering, just say so.
 
Best wishes!
Denise

linann923
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   Posted 2/8/2012 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. Ice seemed best for me, my lovely hospital gown was constantly wet (nurses too busy to provide ice pack very often, so I just kept lots of ice and used wash cloth.

I am behaving. Playing lots of computer games, answering emails and other correspondence and snuggling with my little Chorkie. I live alone,, except for her, so some chores are being put off.

Denise, I know what you mean about coughing. I don't have a problem, but the occasional cough is torture. Sorry about your infection.

I, too, cut out vitamins and any extra pills. Having small meals and lots of snacks.

So glad I found this site.

Tammy and Linann
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