Questions about food and mucus post nissen

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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 3/2/2012 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the Nissen done on 2/7/2012 so I am almost a month out. Until yesterday, I only consumed soft foods (mash potatoes, mac and cheese, yogurt, etc) and liquids, but I did something daring yesterday.. I ate a Panda Bowl at Panda Express. I got the chow mein noodles and some orange chicken. It literally took me 1.5 hours to eat most of it because I chewed each bite for a minute ha but it went down no problem. Is this a bad sign? Looking through these forums it seems like nobody is even close to that a month out.
Second, I still feel a ton of mucus in my throat and lungs. Is this common? I know this was supposed to go away after surgery but it definitely has not!
Thank you!

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   Posted 3/2/2012 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nickel,
Congrats on your meal!  At your stage I made the mistake of eating Pad Thai, and the rice noodles just didn't chew well.  I got some stuck, and had some problems for a couple of days. It is perfectly normal to be able to eat regular food as long as it can be throughly chewed to a liquid consistency.  When you take your time and chew your food thoroughly, your mouth is your portable blender!
The mucous in your esophagus is your body's reaction to irritation, and you've been through a lot.  Your stomach has been stretched and wrapped and stitched.  Your upper GI has undergone a big revision, so it will take time for things to settle down.  Symptoms you had post-surgery won't disappear without being given time to heal and adjust.
One month is very early in your healing.  You've got 6 months for most of the healing and a full year for the rest.  I found continued fine-tuning into the second year.

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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 3/2/2012 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery on the same day as you! While I am still on soft food too I have been successful in varying my diet. I also had a Asian chicken and noodles dish, which was delicious and caused me no discomfort. I have been eating meatloaf, meatballs( no tomato sauce) and yesterday I even had some home-made moussaka.

One of my only mistakes was having soup that was tomato based- that left me feeling very sick. What seems to be key is eating very slowly, chewing completely and takingmuch smaller portions.

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   Posted 3/2/2012 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Nickle! I think eating ability depends, a lot, on how tight your wrap is done. At my one week check up my surgeon told me to eat anything but chew it well. I wasn't quite that adventurous but I did eat lasagna on day 9 and raw veggies and salads by a month. I've never had any problem, even when I forget to take small bites and chew well. Like I said, I think it depends on how tight your wrap is. My surgeon told me he'd learned the hard way.

I think the mucous is partly a response to trauma. I noticed more for a month or so but it has subsided.

It sounds like your recovery is going well! Congratulations!


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   Posted 3/2/2012 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all so much for your responses! Makes me feel a whole lot better!
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