I had surgery at 9:30 on a Tuesday morning. It lasted about
3 hours. I had a large paraesophageal hernia repair and nissen. I woke up in recovery not knowing for sure if I'd had the surgery. Then I started feeling very nauseous and realized I was waking up from anesthesia. I couldn't see anyone but started repeating that I was going to throw up. A nurse was right there and put something in my IV and I felt better. about
that time I felt like I'd been run over by a truck and started asking for pain meds and the nurse took care of that right away. The only pain I felt then was my left shoulder and about
that time my daughter came in to see me and started massaging me. I remember repeating constantly that my clavicle hurt. I'm not usually a very demanding person but I sure was in recovery. I guess anesthesia will do funny things to you.
I left the hospital Thursday morning. My surgeon told me ahead of time I would stay 2 nights if everything went according to plan. My surgeon visited me 3 times in the hospital. I've seen him twice since being released 6 weeks ago and will see him again next month. He is very big on follow up.
I was in a lot of pain in the hospital if I didn't ask for pain meds. I learned that if I didn't ask I didn't get them. Meds were put in IV the first day and a half and I was given pills after that. I never needed nausea meds after recovery room. The whole day of surgery I was not allowed any liquids which was very hard. They gave me sponge pops which helped. Chapstick helped too. The second day I had italian ice, coffee, juice and broth. The second day I was given cream of wheat and applesauce before I went home.
My surgeon released me with instructions to eat soft food and chew well. I never had a problem swallowing or getting anything down. I didn't feel hunger for about
a week. I used pain pills for about
10 days. I found if I propped myself in a chair I had no pain at all. I slept that way for a few nights. It took about
5 weeks before I could sleep flat on my back. Walking didn't hurt at all. The most difficult thing was getting up and down.
I was out and about
in less than a week. I made a point of going out everyday. It helped me to not feel like an invalid. I had plenty of energy but I made sure not to overdo it. I made lasagna for Christmas Eve, 11 days after surgery, and was able to eat it without consequence.
I had pain when I stood up, sat down, got out of bed, etc for about
a month then it suddenly disappeared. My surgeon said it may have been an internal stitch. Now, not quite 6 weeks post op, I can't even tell I've had surgery. When I saw my surgeon last week he told me to eat whatever I wanted. I had a big chopped vegetable salad (all raw). So good, no problems. I have never taken PPIs and have never felt heartburn or reflux in my life so nothing has changed in that respect. I do have asthma and that has cleared up for now. We'll see about
the long run.
Initially, I lost about
10 lbs but that has probably come back as my clothes fit just fine. Well, that's my story. It's more than you asked to know but the info may be useful to someone. BTW, I'm a 59 year old female. Good luck to you!
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