I will start a new thread on my surgery experience (previous was fever 101, surgery scheduled for 2-29). Had the lap toupet fundoplication (270 degree wrap) with diaphragm repair (most of the stomach was in the chest) on March 7 about
11:30 a.m. I didn't get home until yesterday Mar.10 due to oxygen levels. Also couldn't pass gas or anything until I had a suppository on Mar.9. That took care of that!!
I liked the idea of the 3/4 (270) wrap for the repair. There seems to be fewer complications from it with as good results, so that is what my surgeon did. I had absolutely nothing by mouth for 2 days after. Then on the third day they took me in for a barium swallow test to make sure all looked ok and that nothing was leaking. I was afraid for what would happen if nothing went down, but it went fine-just two short swallows and it was done. They gave me all my meds by injection or dissolved in water and injected into the g-tube he had inserted in my stomach during surgery. How simple. The next morning I had some awful combination of very salty beef broth and a lemon italian ice that bloated me up and I was in pain until they came a released the pressure using the g-tube. That was very simple and now I am glad they put the tube in.
I am 68 (amost 69) and worried that my age might affect speed of recovery so we shall see how all this comes along. I have to use that plastic breathing contraption at least every hour and they hope that will resolve my oxygen level problems. I had a small pneumothorax that should resolve if I keep up with the breathing exercises. I plan to walk on the treadmill today for 10 min or so. I weighed about
151 going into surgery and this morning (5 days after) I weigh 146.6. I could stand to lose a few pounds but don't want to go much below 140. I have to have clear liquids but can advance to full liquids when I feel ready. I have thought long and hard about
nutrition during this time- I bought juices (found a clear apple/carrot juice that isn't too bad) and bought some of the usual- high protein boost, carnation breakfast essentials, applesauce, pudding and lots of broth.
One thing I am going to try very soon is homemade egg drop soup. Boil a can of chicken broth, thicken slighty with corn starch dissolved in a little cool chicken broth, then stir in a beaten egg. I probably won't use any spices but you can use chives or green onion and other things to pick up taste and then probably strain it before adding the egg.. I make this fairly often anyway and that should be an easy way to get some good protein. Anyone else have any good food ideas?
I was sent home with Loritab and take as little as possible. about
the only pain I have is sometimes when I breathe deep, and of course the 5 or 6 holes for the lap surgery. They all have staples which will be removed at my first appointment in about
10 days. The one that causes me trouble is on the left side and it is right in the fold of skin/fat that is created with I sit down or lean over at all. I also have a heck of a sore throat. All in all it is so true that each day brings improvement. I am just so glad to be home.
I appreciate any comments or advice.