Paraesophageal Hernia Surgery Questions

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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/30/2012 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
My father, who is in his late 60's is scheduled for surgery in a few weeks.  Was wondering if anyone else has been through the surgery, and if so, what might he need at home to be more comfortable. Was there anything that brought relief?  Also wondering what type of foods and liquids I should have stocked for him. Any advice or suggestions is most appreciated!  Thanks.

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   Posted 1/30/2012 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
There's been a few posting here who have had that surgery.
Basically think liquids, then pureed, then soft, then slowly add harder food leaving raw veggies, soft breads, and steak for last.
A nice place to rest and possibly sleep at (like a recliner).
Make sure to have pain killers perscribed in liquid form and get a perscription for antinausea medicine.

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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 1/30/2012 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. Will look through forums as well.

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 1/31/2012 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Mian,

I had paraesophageal hernia surgery in December. The surgeon did a nissen fundoplicatian. Is that what your dad is having? If you do a search of my name you'll see some of my accounts. I am 7 weeks post surgery today and I am eating everything and feel normal.

Joy gave you good advice. I didn't have a recliner so I slept in a chair with ottoman and lots of pillows for a few nights. It was impossible for me to lay flat for a while and it took even longer (a month) to lay on my side. Loose clothing are necessary for a while. It's easier for men, I think, because of the bra issue. My surgery was laparoscopic with 5 incisions and 2 of them were right at the bra line. I hope your dad's is a lap surgery and not open as the recovery is much shorter and less painful.

Have a supply of juice, yogurt, cream of wheat, pudding, soup and tea. You never really know how long the liquids and soft diet is necessary. Every patient and surgeon is different. I was discharged on day 2 with orders to eat soft, which the surgeon said meant well chewed pasta, mashed potatoes and well cooked and chewed veggies. I really enjoyed warm tea with honey and saltine crackers chewed well. I had no problem with pills but if you can't get them in liquid, crush them in applesauce. For the first week or so take pain pills regularly so you don't end up chasing the pain. Something else that was a comfort to me was a rechargeable hot water bottle. (from Amazon)

Everyone seems to have different experiences so prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Wishing you and your dad the best!


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   Posted 1/31/2012 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Been there, had that.

You got a lot of good advice. All I can add has already been posted - you can look up paraesophageal hernia by typing the words in the search box at the top of the page.

I was on clear liquids for about the first week. I recommend getting a few single serving containers of checken broth, or better yet, vegetable broth which has less salt. You can use any leftover in your cooking.

I'm finding as a senior that wheat isn't digesting well, probably a sensitivity to the new gluten from the genetically modified wheat (from what I've been reading). Rice noodles are a great substitute and keep my stomach happier. Of course that's for when real food is allowed.

There are lots of post-Nissen diets searchable on the web,
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