What did you take for gas post nissen?

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   Posted 2/16/2012 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I am slowly introducing new foods 17 days post op and have noticed that adding more "solid" foods has caused mild discomfort in the wrap and stomach area. I am assuming this is due to more gas production in my stomach from the breakdown of those solid foods. The pain is not too bad but can be annoying and stops me from introducing new foods as I don't want the pain to increase.

Several people have mentioned taking something for gas. What did you use and was it effective in reducing this sort of pain?

Thanks in advance for sharing!!

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   Posted 2/16/2012 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi amanster, welcome to the forum. I hope you get some more responses.

I tried just about every gas med I could find and got no relief from any of them. They were all pretty much the same. They don't remove gas, just keep it from being trapped in foam in the stomach. It's sort of like a ship pouring oil on stormy waters. Since I couldn't burp, the gas stayed in whatever form it was left in and had to pass through the system.

My only solution was to not eat "gassy" foods. You can search for lists on the 'net.

After a couple of years I can burp some now. DO NOT let your surgeon talk you into getting your wrap stretched just for that! It's no use undoing the job and giving you back your reflux.

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   Posted 2/16/2012 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi amanster,
Alcie has given you excellent advice.  If you can manage to burp, Gas-X can help, but it won't do a bit of good if you can't.  (I actually could burp a little, so it helped me--although there were times when my gas got ahead of my wrap so it couldn't escape, and bloating followed).
BEANO helped a lot, and I took the chewable tablets.  I would chew 3 as I was eating something that tended to be a bit more gassy.  Others have found a variety enzymes helpful, but I just used BEANO.
I agree with Alcie.  At this stage of the game, try to avoid gassy foods.  Also, no straws or carbonated beverages.  Another trick...don't talk while you eat.  All these introduce additional air into your stomach.
As Alcie said, it gets better over time.
Take care,

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   Posted 2/16/2012 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am avoiding gas producing foods as much as possible! Right now all "solid foods" are causing enough gas to cause some mild discomfort. I am sure that is because not all of the swelling is gone yet. It gets better day by day....slowly!!! Now that I realized I could put my chicken noodle soup in the blender I just eat a lot of that, when the noodles and chicken are in the broth it is a delicious and filling meal. Aside from that I drink ensure and just add in other things everyday in small amounts. Today it was baby food butternut squash! That seemed to sit well so I will probably keep that up daily.

I am staying away from straws and carbonation. I am also careful not to gulp food or drinks so that I take in as little air as possible. It is amazing how much pureeing food can help. Today I couldn't put my chicken noodle soup in a blender at work so I chewed it up very carefully instead, it caused so much more gas than it does when I can put it in the blender. I don't mind doing that I just wish I could think of other things to puree that don't cause much gas. Dairy is out for me and I have found potatoes very gas inducing as well. So no cream soups and no potato soup. I don't eat red meat so I feel like I have few options. I suppose there are worse things to live on than chicken noodle soup though.... like ensure ;-) oh wait I do live on that too!!! turn tongue turn

Post Edited (amanster) : 2/16/2012 6:22:07 PM (GMT-7)

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