I am 62 years old and I had the Nissen on April 1, 2011. I did not have the benefit of this group at that time , but I found it shortly after. I am so thankful I found HealingWell and the wonderful people here.
I had GERD and a significant Hiatal Hernia, with complications of reflux induced asthma, I had to carry a rescue inhaler it was so bad. My hernia would slide in and out of my chest. I would have to jump up from bed and run to the bathroom every nite to throw up acid. These were the things that convinced me that I didn't care what the cure was, I had to try it. I would not hesitate to have the surgery repeated if it was ever necessary. This procedure and my surgeon gave me my life back.
If you know that your surgeon is experienced ( has performed hundreds/thousands) in doing this surgery, and you trust this doctor, you have crossed your first bridge. If you are at all concerned about
anything, recovery, limitations during recovery, how long you will be restricted, how long you are going to be recovering.. anything you are concerned about
, ask your doctor or for information on what we all experienced you can ask us here. We will be happy to talk to you.
I was a cautious recovery patient. I was on full liquids for almost 3 weeks. (full liquid=cream of wheat, cream soups all mushy foods, no lumps that cannot be chewed to liquid. Meat is not a good choice the first couple of weeks. At the beginning of my 3rd week I began eating baked or broiled fish, soft cooked veggies, soft boiled eggs (fried eggs/scrambled didn't agree with me). All through my recovery I was reminded here to let my body tell me what I was ready for and to relax into my recovery, not to push it too quickly. Everything I learned here from the wonderful people responding and supporting me was pretty much right on.
The first few weeks of recovery can be difficult, others say they breeze through it because they listen to their body and to their doctor and to the great information here at HealingWell. We welcome you and hope you will continue to come here before your surgery and after you become a member of "The Wrapped Club" for info, support and just to vent. We all have times when we need to do that.
I hope I have helped you just a bit...
Reach for the Sunshine.... Rainbows will follow....