3 weeks post nissen - questions

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 2/24/2012 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   

I am 3 weeks post laparoscopic nissen fundoplication. I've had very good results so far. I can burp when necessary, no reflux, very little trouble swallowing, no nausea. I am up and moving around pretty well now, trying to walk a good deal during the day, although I get tired fast!

My main complaint right now is the pressure I feel in my stomach and lower abdomen. Sometimes I think it's that I ate too much at one time, but then the discomfort continues for hours afterward. I had the gastric emptying study, so I know it's not that my stomach is emptying too slowing. I am thinking it might be gas? Like I said, I am able to burp, and I pass gas regularly, but this discomfort is really getting me. My surgeon recommended Gas-X, but it's not helping. The last few nights I've woken up with the discomfort and been unable to get back to sleep (reminds me of the reflux nights of the past!).

Does anyone have any advice regarding gas/bloating after surgery, and/or meds to take for it? I am hoping that, as with most things I experienced after surgery, this will get better, but I'd like to be able to treat it for now!

Thank you!!

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   Posted 2/24/2012 8:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alk,
Welcome to Healing Well!  You're now an official member of our
  yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah
I'm glad to hear that generally your recovery has gone very well.  It definitely sounds as if you've got some bloating.  Another member here pointed out that she can't burp while lying down, and perhaps that's your issue.  When you're up and about, you're able to burp more readily, but the lying down position doesn't allow the gas to release as easily.
What to do?  I'm not sure that there's a quick fix for something like that, although if you search Cindy123, you may find some information regarding probiotics and enzymes, which helped her greatly with bloating.  Another member here, birdsieslc, and Ellen C, have also struggled with bloating, and may have some good ideas. 
I would urge you to relax, and realize that you've got a lot of healing ahead of you.  At 3 weeks post op, you're in the infancy of the recovery period, and there is no doubt that this will resolve over time.  This recovery takes 6 months for most of the healing and a full year for the rest. 
I had intermittent dumping after my surgery.  It was streaky...I'd get it several times in a week, then it would get better for a while, then come back.  I'm sure it was related to what I ate.  My point is that this continued throughout my first year of recovery, and I figured I'd be dealing with it occasionally FOREVER.  Guess what?  Sometime during the second year it disappeared and has never happened again.  Over time our GI tracts accustom themselves to the changes.
This recovery takes patience and trust.  There are definitely some uncomfortable side effects, but, it's understandable.  Your poor stomach has been stretched, and wrapped, and stitched.  Your upper GI tract has undergone major surgery, so it's understandable that there will be some discomfort.
Hang in there...bloating is a problem for pretty much everyone post-Nissen, and in almost every case (except those whose wraps are too tight) it resolves on its own with time. 
Again, glad you've joined us!
Happy healing,

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Date Joined Sep 2011
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   Posted 2/24/2012 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise!

Thank you for the reply! I will search for these threads. And I appreciate the reassurance. :) I am miles ahead of where I was before surgery, and it's good to keep that in mind. I look forward to continued healing.

If anyone else has experience with gas/bloating after surgery, please let me know. I'd love to hear others' experiences.

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