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JTF2mbr
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   Posted 2/2/2012 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been a little tardy on updating my situation as I was released from hospital on the 31st. So my timeline reads: open Nissen surgery on the 23rd, came home this Mon., 31st. Presently feeling 8 out of 10 on the comfort level. Coming out of anaesthesia was the most unnerving time. Many people poking and prodding, all in a concerted effort to ensure that my recovery would begin as stable as possible. The incision was a hideous and frightful 13 inches long, left side midline in a curl of 50 staples. Two very unsightly drainage holes as well as a stomach tube thru my nose. As the surgeons explained, all made more difficult by the amount of scar tissue which formed after a most dreaded meeting with a IED years earler. Now the important points: absolutely no Gerd symptoms. A small amount of burping and passing of gas, well controlled by Beano or Gas-X. No nausea what so ever. Being catheterized, the urine was flowing at a regular rate, with an I.V. tube being my only source of fluids. I received nothing orally for the first 4 days. I was allowed to sip water at a very controlled rate, (the nurses would bring the water and watch me sip it down). I was given soup and pudding on day 6 and 7, along with some saltines. The decision to go home was left entirely to me. I had been up for walks on the 3rd day. Had a small bout of vertigo, but by day 4,  I was walking around the unit unchallenged. The main issue that I had to deal with was pain. On the 2nd day the epidural was removed and the odyssey of pain management began. The purpose of the epidural was to overlap pain sequences with morphine as to have a base in controlling the "wave" of pain. Let's just say that hit and miss pain control was a nightmare. I felt that I had a very good tolerance to pain, but I ended up being schooled in who the boss was. We ended up going back to 15mg every 4 hrs. At home now it is difficult not to want to do more, I have reminded by my body to adhere to the post op rules to let my body heal at it's own rate. Still on a soup diet with small amounts of meat grounded up in with the soup. Also, I enjoy bananas very much and they have been received well. I am drinking 5 litres of water daily. Everything is at a slow controlled rate, utmost on my mind is the wrap. I feel fortunate things have progressed quite well for me.One day at a time.          Cheers

opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/2/2012 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the Wrapped Club!

My last redo in August was an open, but I was lucky and my incision was only 10inches and 40 staples. It was also a straight line down the middle. Didn't mind the drainage tube much, but that darn NG tube is a killer.

Good to hear you are coming right along with your recovery. Remember slow and steady. If the wrap area gets sore when you advanxce your diet remember to go back a couple steps until it feels better.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

JTF2mbr
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   Posted 2/2/2012 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill. It is so easy to get ahead of yourself and forgetting about what's at stake here. Our future quality of life is partially up to us. The mental issue can merge with the physical so we can make informed decisions with our progress. Great advice: 1 day at a time.   Cheers

opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/2/2012 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
You have a great attitude as far as I can tell. This is a huge help in getting through the recovery. With all 3 of mine I had to make sure I didn't forget why I went this route and what I was like before the surgery. I pray you have the same great outcome as I did. So far I believe you have been in the hands of a great surgeon and seem well prepared for the recovery.
Don;t hesitate to call on us if you need some support.

Take care,
Bill
opnwhl4
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/2/2012 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
JTF,

Thanks for your story.

What kind of symptoms did you have previous to surgery?

I'm due for a Nissen next monday.

Thanks.

JTF2mbr
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   Posted 2/4/2012 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
maximus808: What started as a bout of indigestion and heartburn, over the course of 1yr., became a bit more complicated with very small amounts of reflux. I had a endoscopy done which first showed some polyps, some samples were removed. At this time, (2008), the term Barret's Esophagus entered into most of our conversations. With the increased amount of reflux, lots of tests, it was agreed that I had Barret's. For the next 2 years it was back and forth to clinics for every test imaginable. My reflux began to take over my life. The vomiting at night started without any warning, simple movements in bed had me dashing to the bathroom.I slept with plenty of towels and many over the counter remedies. My incredibly doting wife would sleep in a side bed which we brought in for solace and comfort. I had been taking 40mg of Tecta and 60 mg of Domperidone as PPI's. Near the decision time for surgery, I would endure reflux while standing up. The stomach pain on the left side near the ribs brought daily agony. I was also dealing with a Hiatal Hernia. The biggest night terror was aspiration into my lungs which always morphed into pneumonia. Also 2 bouts of pneumonia progressed into Pleuresy. Thus my decision for surgery was a no-brainer. Till next time                      Cheers

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/4/2012 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
How have you been doing so far?

JTF2mbr
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   Posted 2/4/2012 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very happy with my post-op situation at this time. The incision area is still a bit tender, as well as the 2 drainage holes, but the healing process looks well. 3 days after surgery they took all the bandaging off the incision site. I have a appt., with my G.P. on Monday to remove the staples. I meet with the surgeon and a respirologist 1 week later. Sticking to the diet is going to be a challenge. I understand that even though I am feeling great most of the time, my insides must heal at their own rate and I must stick to the (Nissen) diet. I am able to swallow pain medication effortlessly as well as some other meds which I was taking prior to surgery. I am a water drinker so 6 or 7 litres daily is not uncomfortable. I have a lot of swelling at the wrap end which I have been told may take a while to go away. I gave up trying to look like a swimsuit model after coming home from the desert. I am trying not to get to ahead of myself with my healing. Things can go south in a hurry.                       Cheers

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 2/4/2012 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
What's your nissen diet like at the moment?

And how long has it been since your op?

Thanks

JTF2mbr
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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 2/5/2012 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgery was on the 23rd of Jan., so thats 13 days post. Morning meals are applesauce and some quaker oats and a small banana if I am not feeling full. I generally get some gas but have been fortunate that it moves thru my system and out the back door. I'll drink 1/2 a litre of water if I can. I do get a fair amount of burping, however it must be keeping the bloated feeling under control. I'll generally have a couple different types of soups during the day along with a protein drink after supper. I will drink water throughout the day.The swelling around my incision is uncomfortable so I try to walk around my block 2 times daily. Another meal I've been having is mushed up brown rice, it has always been a staple in most of my meals anyways. My evening treat might be a pudding or 1/2 of a popsicle. I have noticed that the area of the wrap is slightly tender. Many on this forum have described the same manifestation. One day at a time.                       Cheers
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