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Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/12/2012 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all

I have joined today so I can get support from people who have either been through the NLF or who are about to go through it.

First here's the background to me.

about eight years ago I got really bad reflux, so much as one alcoholic drink could cause me agony. I was put on 20mg Omeprazole and have been on it ever since. At the time I had an endoscopy which revealed a small hiatus hernia but not large enough to worry about. Any time off work was going to be an inconvenience so I have controlled this with medication ever since.

Throughout last year I experienced more and more regurgitation - nothing serious, but I could have a coffee and still feel it rising in my throat many minutes later. I went to see my doctor in the September who referred me to a specialist, then I had another endoscopy. The nurse told me I had a wide hernia and wanted me to go for manometry and a pH study.

I went for the manometry (didn't enjoy it one bit, my eyes were watering throughout the whole process) and was told I have around 50% peristalsis when it should be closer to 90%, they asked if I had difficulty swallowing but I said no. The nurse wondered if the reduced peristalsis was caused by the hernia but the consultant who did the surgery would be able to tell. Then the pH test was for 24 hours and it was the worst thing I have experienced - one week with no Omeprazole before the test, then a tube down my nose for 24 hours. When I returned the next day the nurse said I had worn the button out I had to push each time I felt acid - I told them that's because I felt it loads!

So here's the situation now.

I don't get any pain from the hiatus hernia unless I forget to take one Omeprazole or perhaps if I've had a bit too much alcohol to drink, or maybe been a bit erratic with eating. My oesophagus is in good shape, I have told taking the Omeprazole from pretty much the start of the symptoms I have reduced any chance of Barratt's. In three weeks tomorrow I am due to have surgery, I am not sure if it will be a full wrap or partial because of the peristalsis and the surgeon could not tell me that at the time since the manometry was done at another hospital who did not send the results in time for my appointment with the surgeon back in December.

And here's the main bit why I joined this forum.

I'm panicking. I know a NLF is the best thing for me. I know I don't have pain now as it's controlled by medication, but I don't want to be on the medication for life. I know if I don't have the surgery I risk developing Barratt's. I know it all makes sense - but I also know that this is selective surgery so I could pull out at any time.

I have no intention in pulling out of surgery but I'm looking for some reassurance. I know there are nightmare stories out there so please if you know of one of those stories I really am saying 'ignorance is bliss' - I don't need to know. I keep thinking I'll be in hospital - fine, then they'll put a cannula in my hand - okay, bit edgy now knowing what's going to happen, then I'll be wheeled into the operating theatre and it's that bit I'm worried about - the time between the cannula and being knocked out. I don't want a sedative as I want to go home as quickly as I can after the op so I want to be on my feet asap after I come round to start moving some of the gas about they pump into me.

I am fit, not overweight, not a smoker, I cycle to work daily (just under two miles) and today I took an extra two mile diversion on the way home so I've done a block of two miles to work and four miles home. I intend doing this daily up until the day before my op - is this a wise move?

After the op, besides being as mobile as possible without straining myself (since I have been told I won't have nearly as much energy due to reduced intake of food - what are the experiences of this?), are there any particular vitamins I can be taking to improve my recovery?

Thanks for taking the time to read my really lengthy first post, and I appreciate all input you have as I start the beginning of the process to my NLF.

Luana63
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   Posted 3/13/2012 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Stuart,

I've had 2 Nissens. I had my first in September 2010 and it was awesome afterwards. I had a healing period of about 5-6 weeks where i really was careful about what i ate and how much i ate and chewing really small.. that couldn't be avoided because when I took too big of a bite it would feel as if it was stuck and it was painful.. .so that pain made me be more careful. Unfortunately I have COPD and lung damage from aspirating the acid for over 20 years so I cough a lot. My coughing really subsided alot after the surgery but I would have asthma attacks and cough like crazy. They are not sure what caused it, if it was the constant coughing or just that the wrap came undone but in December of 2011 I had to have another Nissen. That lasted only 2 weeks with relief. My new surgeon feels I'm aspirating bile now and not just acid. The standard BRAVO ph, Barium swallow, endoscopies, and manometry, does not pick up bile fluids.

If I were you I would ask your surgeon if there is any possibility any of your symptoms could be caused by not only acid, but bile. Just to save you from having to go through this again. I wish someone would have told me to have them check for that but I guess it's not as common as acid reflux.

Good luck with your surgery. I hope it helps you.

sleplis
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   Posted 3/13/2012 2:42 PM (GMT -6)   
To Stuart2012 and others.
I'm so glad to find this site to share my experience and hear about other people's long term experience after their Nissen Fundoplication procedure. My NF procedure was done May 10th 2011. I suffered for 20 plus years. I never really thought about it. Heartburn was something I lived with. I remember laughing at the early GURD commercials as invented labels for conditions we all live with but now we have a label to sell a medication to treat. My condition evolved into acid reflux which was not as easily treated or ignored. I ate earlier. Six hours wasn't enough. I lifted the end of my bed four inches. Then went on medication for about 6 years. First Prevacid, then a generic version as that became less effective then Nexium. Leg cramps made me investigate Nexium side effects. I'm not sure if the leg cramps were related to the nexium but aggravated arthritis and swollen joints are. I recently heard an ad linking Nexium to osteoporosis. I had broken a toe with a fairly minor bump. I wondered about. I had meniscus surgery and the second knee was going down the same path. I stopped the medication and my knee pain subsided. Not gone but much less. I was first advised by my doctor to change medications but found they all had similar awful side effects. I later saw my Gastroenterologist and another who scolded me and said I must be medicated. The 3rd said you can’t use the medication. You need surgery. I asked about the stories I heard about the surgery. He said that the positive results were diminished by doctors who didn’t know what they were doing. Make sure you have a class A surgeon. Nearly a year later I am happy. I was told I could go back to my old life style. But didn’t need to test the success of the procedure. I was a serious junk food junkie! Lots of cola, chocolate, fast food, pizza. Post surgery during my puréed food period my tastes were recalibrated and those foods were no longer desirable to me. To be honest pizza & chocolate still are tasty but much smaller doses. Part of why we are here is because our food supply is so poisoned. I have grass fed beef now much less acid and a whole different taste then the corn feed we now in our food supply. And I have not had cola since my surgery. I was told that carbonated beverages would make me feel bloated. I probably can but choose not to. I think I am not as tight as I was just after the surgery but still good. I have had heartburn twice in the last month. Three months ago I over ate. Previously I though it wasn’t possible since I felt full so quickly during a meal. I have made dietary changes away from what I suspect were the cause. All and all I am very happy with the results. go ahead with the surgery with confidence. All I have read supports my confidence in long term success but I am still looking ahead with caution.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/13/2012 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Stuart,
 
Glad to meet you.  Pull up a chair and set a spell with us. 
 
I think you have done a fine job of getting all the testing done, picking a surgeon and making up your mind to move forward with the surgery.  I suspect now you are into the anticipatory anxiety stage. 
 
An infinite number of human experiences cause normal anticipatory anxiety. Many times we experience anxiety in anticipation of doing something new or before completion of a major task or life event. Life offers us the experience of many anxiety-provoking “firsts”  and this surgery is one of your firsts.
 
Know you have patient's rights and write down what your goal is - to get through surgery with as little as possible IV sedation.  However there is no way to avoid being medicated with anesthesia for your procedure.  I would suggest that you make an appointment with your Surgeon and find out what type of anesthesia will be used for your procedure.  Facing your fears will help you overcome them and prepare you for no surprises post-op. 
 
Accepting that you are having surgery and with it comes a recovery period which is different for each person will serve you well.  Go on your fact finding mission but keep in mind that you will heal after surgery and if all works well you will get back to your old routine of exercising.   
 
Keep talking with us here in the forum.
Kitt
 
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Kewpie1957
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   Posted 3/13/2012 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stuart,
I had Nissen yesterday and am at home today. I am very surprised by how good I am feeling because I was prepared to be in significant pain today. When I first came out of recovery I had very bad pain in my chest and shoulders. My doctor assured me it was quite normal and was an upshot of the gas during anesthesia. I was on IV pain meds every six hours while at the hospital and came home with a prescription for Hydrocodone elixir. My throat is still a bit sore from the tube down the throat during the operation. I have read about people not being able to burp after Nissen but that has not been an issue for me. I was able to burp immediately. I had five small incisions from the laparascope but they really are not very painful.  I also had a large hiatel hernia repaired. I feel better than I have in years. I realize that everyone's surgery experience is based on their condition, the skill of the surgeon and how well they take care of themselves afterwards. I wish you the best possible outcome and good health in the future!

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/14/2012 1:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate them. I will read them properly later (I am about to head to work now).

Did anyone before surgery do anything differently to help the recovery? I'm in my 30's and cycle a couple of miles to my office, since Monday I've been taking a detour home so I'm cycling about six miles a day at a really good speed to get the blood pumping, takes me about 20-25 mins, should I be doing more? Should I take any vitamins etc to help recovery?

Talk to you all later.

Kewpie1957
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   Posted 3/14/2012 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I did bump up my exercise, concentrating on strengthening my core muscles. However, I was told to discontinue any vitamins, supplements, aspirin and herbs two weeks before surgery.
 
All the best!

dencha
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   Posted 3/14/2012 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stuart,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I found the forum like you, a short while before my surgery.  I know exactly what you mean regarding internet horror stories.  Those stories kept me from pushing my GI toward surgery for far too long.  My reflux was not high volume, but rather was affecting my lungs.
 
If you've been around the forum for a while you may have come across my recovery journal, but just in case, here's the link:
 
This is a good place to have your questions answered and receive support as you recover. 
Glad you've joined us!
Denise

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/14/2012 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had time to properly read the replies as I was rushing out to work earlier but have sat down and looked at them since.

Thanks firstly to everyone who has taken the time to reply. There is some fantastic information, particularly Kitt that is good advice about this surgery being a first. Realistically I didn't get much of a choice on surgeons as I live in the UK and with our NHS system my doc should give me choices but it rarely happens. There was a little bit I missed out - I went to see my doctor back in September who made the referral to the specialist and I was seen in late September, had my endoscopy in October, manometry and pH studies in November and was back for the results on the first day of December.

In the UK we are supposed to have no more than 18 weeks between the initial doctor's appointment and treatment commencing so by January I was annoyed nothing was happening and I kept calling on a weekly basis to be told I was on a waiting list. Eventually I wrote a letter to the specialist's office saying I was concerned about the waiting time and according to NHS guidelines I should be referred to another hospital if they cannot do it, but I made sure I was really nice in the letter saying it's not the specialist I have concerns with as my treatment was great so far (as great as shoving a camera down my throat gets anyway) but the waiting time... then about three weeks after I sent the letter in I get a phone call saying expect a letter with my appointment soon... then the letter lands on my doormat and I suddenly think 'why on earth did I complain, they're going to operate on me now!'

The surgeon seems very busy but this is his area of surgery, and my OH had gallbladder surgery two years ago by the same person as a day surgery case. That solved all of her problems. I spoke to the hospital who say I'm likely to go in during the morning (my time is 8am to arrive on the ward), get ready for surgery, stay in overnight, then stay with them until early evening the next day.

One thing has really eased my mind. I was reading again through the paperwork the hospital gave me, particularly on anaesthetic, and the bit I was dreading was being on the ward, getting on the trolley and they put in the cannula. That time between putting the cannula in and wheeling me into theatre really worried me - I imagine from the size of the hospital it's a five minute journey between the ward and the theatre so I'd be getting anxious knowing what was happening, the cannula would have made it 'real' for me (does that make sense?).

Anyway reading the papers again, I may be able to walk to the theatre or they may insist I am on the trolley. This is the important bit for me - the cannula doesn't go in until I'm at the theatre doors, not on the ward five minutes before. And apparently I will be wheeled into a small room off the theatre where an anaesthetist will do the cannula then inject the anaesthetic in the small room first so I shouldn't even see the theatre.

And tonight on the way home? 4.3 miles in 15 minutes on the bicycle, not bad eh, I want to be fully fighting fit for when the day arrives.

Thanks again for everyone's words, they really mean a lot.

dencha
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   Posted 3/14/2012 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stuart,
I'm in the US, so I don't know if it's different for you, but I had my IV put in before I left my hospital room, I believe. Then they brought me down to the operating room.  I met with the anesthesiologist for a short time, then saw my doctor.  They gave me a sedative to relax me, then took me into the operating room.  They transfered me from the gurney to the operating table, (they placed me on some type positioning pad that wasn't too comfortable) and honestly, that's all I remember.  They must have snuck the anesthesia in while all this was happening.  Then next thing I knew I was in recovery.
It's all pretty fast and really not that threatening.  By the time you make the decision to have the surgery the decision is made and the die is cast.  I can tell you the it was all much better and easier than what I'd prepared myself for.
Best wishes,
Denise

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/14/2012 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Kewpie1957 said...
Hi Stuart,
I had Nissen yesterday and am at home today. I am very surprised by how good I am feeling because I was prepared to be in significant pain today. When I first came out of recovery I had very bad pain in my chest and shoulders. My doctor assured me it was quite normal and was an upshot of the gas during anesthesia. I was on IV pain meds every six hours while at the hospital and came home with a prescription for Hydrocodone elixir. My throat is still a bit sore from the tube down the throat during the operation. I have read about people not being able to burp after Nissen but that has not been an issue for me. I was able to burp immediately. I had five small incisions from the laparascope but they really are not very painful. I also had a large hiatel hernia repaired. I feel better than I have in years. I realize that everyone's surgery experience is based on their condition, the skill of the surgeon and how well they take care of themselves afterwards. I wish you the best possible outcome and good health in the future!


How are you doing today? Hope you have a great recovery.

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/14/2012 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
dencha said...
Hi Stuart,I'm in the US, so I don't know if it's different for you, but I had my IV put in before I left my hospital room, I believe. Then they brought me down to the operating room. I met with the anesthesiologist for a short time, then saw my doctor. They gave me a sedative to relax me, then took me into the operating room. They transfered me from the gurney to the operating table, (they placed me on some type positioning pad that wasn't too comfortable) and honestly, that's all I remember. They must have snuck the anesthesia in while all this was happening. Then next thing I knew I was in recovery.
It's all pretty fast and really not that threatening. By the time you make the decision to have the surgery the decision is made and the die is cast. I can tell you the it was all much better and easier than what I'd prepared myself for.
Best wishes,
Denise


Hi Denise,

Reading my papers it seems once I get to hospital the anaesthetist will visit me and talk a bit to me, then (I am not sure if I get a room or on a shared ward which is usually six people to a bay) I'll go from the ward to theatre and it's in a room connected there which I'll be wheeled in on a trolley (gurney), cannula inserted, I'll be 'knocked out' and then they'll take me into theatre. This is an electronic version of the paperwork I've been given 'You and your anesthetic': http://www.patient.co.uk/health/You-and-Your-Anaesthetic.htm

mummye
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   Posted 3/15/2012 5:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stuart
I too am from the UK and had my surgery on 2 March 2012. Unlike you though I had put off the surgery for many years just going to regular clinic apointments. It eventualy got too much and June 2011 I agreed to surgery. As you can see I have waited an awful long time from June to March for surgery. From September onwards was phoning the Consultants secretary regularly wanting to know when would likely be, to have a bombshell dropped Monday before Christmas that actually they had made a major mess up and not actually put me on the list until 4 August 2011 (in fact this was the date that I had a pre-op done!!!). Well you can imagine the anger and sheer despair I felt.

Fast forward to 2012 and letter arrived mid January telling me surgery was to be Friday 24 February - panic set in!! Week or so later further letter arrived saying I had to have an overnight stay the night before, so arranged to finish work on the Monday before so that I could get the house and things in order. Life loves to through major things in the way and came down with a nasty cold and chest infection that Monday. Came home to a message that the hospital "due to clerical error" had actually given me the wrong date and surgery was to be 2 March with overnight stay on 1 March, God was obviously looking after me as they wouldn't have done surgery that week when I was so unwell.

This on top of other things that happened as you can imagine made me start to seriously question what I was doing! My children, who are my rocks, made me realise that not going through with the surgery would be entirely the wrong decision as I had no quality of life whatsoever.

As for the cannula, I was taken through to the operating ante room on my hospital bed and this is where they put it in whilst talking and trying to distract me. The aneasthetist came to see me on the ward to explain what would happen. Try not to worry too much about when they put the cannula in, I know thats easier said than done but just think that it's the means to bringing an end to the awful symptons you have. I stayed in hospital for two nights and was glad to come home and get into my own bed.

If it wasn't for this forum and the many knowledgeable people on here, then I think that I would have been really worried reading all the horror stories on the internet. Having been following for many months I felt in the right place with th right sort of knowledge of the recovery that the surgeons in the UK do not seem to give us. Also the eating regime was not really explained to me but again the most wonderful people here have given me their help through their posts.

Regards
Eileen

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/17/2012 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Eileen

Thanks for your experience. It's good to see what will happen in the UK when I am being put under anaesthetic and you've certainly reassured me.

With it being the weekend today I went on a good cycle ride to get my heart going (I also find if I start to get stressed this is a good way to get rid of my adrenaline before the op). I covered 12 miles in about 35 minutes so averaging about 18mph which I think isn't bad. Then on Monday I'll go back to cycling couple of miles to work then long way home after work so about six miles in total. I will do this all next week then another long run on the Saturday.

I have started to do ab crunches as well to try and prepare the stomach area for its attack.

So I think the first thing I need to ask about this is when should I stop exercising before the op? My plan is to cycle to work next week Monday to Friday, long run Saturday, ab crunches today, Tuesday and Friday. Then the following week do the same cycling, ab crunches Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday. Then (my surgery is on the Tuesday) no more ab crunches after Saturday at all, but will have a long cycle ride on the Saturday, rest Sunday, a long cycle ride after work on the Monday then no exercise on Tuesday as that's when I am in surgery and I cannot have anything to drink.

Does that as an exercise plan sound sensible to get a speedy recovery?

Thanks again to everyone. It's great here.

(PS decided my last alcoholic drink would be last night, no more until after surgery).

dencha
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   Posted 3/18/2012 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stuart,
Don't stress too much over the surgery and hospital stay.  I think you're likely to find it much easier that you're expecting.  At least that was my experience.
 
It's great that you're going into the surgery very fit.  I agree that it will help your recovery.  Honestly, maybe someone around here will remember the name of the member, but when I first started at the forum, there was a member who'd been wrapped fairly recently and was back biking miles at a time at somewhere around two weeks.  I told him he was my hero.
 
That said, you should run any post-op exercise questions you have by your surgeon.  Don't make any of those decisions without the advice of your doc, since you won't want to do anything to harm your wrap.
 
Best wishes!
Denise

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/21/2012 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hospital called today - they have brought forward my date to next Tuesday, so six days time! Looks like I had better pedal extra hard to get my fitness to optimum!

alohilani
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   Posted 3/21/2012 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Evening, I have been on Nexium for the past 17-18 years. I have been dealing with the spasms and feeling everything I eat and drink gets stuck in my throat for the past 2 months. I don't sleep well for this reason. I had a EDG & Bravo done and went for the results yesterday. I do not have any tumors or precancer. The Dr suggest I have a manometry done, I informed him that I know that I cannot handle that being done, so I will have a Upper GI in the next few days. I have a trip planned in April, my co-worker will be on vacation the 2nd week of May, therefore I am looking at having it done the middle of May. I am glad that I found this site to read positive and encouraging comments. I am a little scared.
Thanks

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/24/2012 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Cycled over 13 miles today, feeling quite positive at the moment, I will rest tomorrow, aim to get about 10 miles in on Monday night then it's the moment of truth after that so I will have done all I physically can to be in good shape before the surgery. I hope this pays off.

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/24/2012 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
alohilani said...
Good Evening, I have been on Nexium for the past 17-18 years. I have been dealing with the spasms and feeling everything I eat and drink gets stuck in my throat for the past 2 months. I don't sleep well for this reason. I had a EDG & Bravo done and went for the results yesterday. I do not have any tumors or precancer. The Dr suggest I have a manometry done, I informed him that I know that I cannot handle that being done, so I will have a Upper GI in the next few days. I have a trip planned in April, my co-worker will be on vacation the 2nd week of May, therefore I am looking at having it done the middle of May. I am glad that I found this site to read positive and encouraging comments. I am a little scared.
Thanks


Hi and welcome, I am very new to this site as well and when the letter came through confirming my hospital date I was really nervous. Work has been going really badly for me recently, lots of changes and it has even brought me to tears this week several times until I told my boss enough is enough and they need to stop messing me about. To cut a long story short, in a funny way that has been very good at keeping my mind off the surgery. I got the phone call earlier this week saying my surgeon has to bring my slot forward to next Tuesday and even that didn't play on my mind because I was stressing about work.

My manometry was not pleasant at all, but no worse than the endoscopy (I assume you have had one of these?) I just zoned out, it made me wretch a little bit but in exactly the same way as the endoscopy did. What do you think is stopping you handling it?

dencha
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   Posted 3/24/2012 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stuart,
Good luck with your surgery on Tuesday!  You'll do just fine, so don't worry.  We'll be here waiting to welcome you into the Wrapped Club whenever you feel up to posting post-surgery!
Best wishes,
Denise

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/27/2012 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
quick note as feeling bit rough, went for surgery 1130 this morning, in a couple of hrs, is now 330 uk time and went well. got toupet. will post more when up to it.

poostie
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   Posted 3/27/2012 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

I had my nissen done on friday in the uk. Other than some complications from other conditions and a lack of knowledge of said problem by the "gas man". I am doing pretty well. I am taking anti sickness drugs after feeling really travel sick on sunday. Mt throats a little sore my bruises hurts. I had a hell of a pain in the shoulders and neck over the weekend but this does seem to have died down a little. I have stopped taking the dihydrocodeine as the side effects are bad. I have had a clear liquid diet for the first 3 days nothing but water for the first 24 hours. I have now tried milk in my tea (decaff don't know why?) firstly made me feel sick but ok now. I have an hell of a mucky tongue, green and mucus but just a vile taste to it. No reflux a lot of pain in the funds area after drinking and today I have had some soup without the bits (a cups soup). It was uncomfortable but it pasted. The swallowing is very slow though and I don't know how soft foods will go down.

Best of luck
L

mummye
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   Posted 3/27/2012 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Stuart glad you are able to post a quick note. Hope you are Ok and everything went well. You are now on the road to recovery and a better quality of life. I am now just over 4 weeks post op and other than a couple of episodes not doing too bad. I too had a partial wrap but mine was a 180 anterior wrap due to motility issues

Take care
Eileen

Stuart2012
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   Posted 3/28/2012 4:18 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for kind words again. I am still in hospital but hoping to go home today. I have had small gentle walks around, I also had an NG tube which was good last night as when I tried to stand for toilet I felt sick, the bag filled with mostly air though, felt uncomfortable in the night and relieved when it was taken out about two hours ago.. taking time to wee though as avoiding pressure on abdo so that was unexpected.

staff here are amazing, I realise how lucky we are to have nhs in uk and wish every country has one.

oh and mouth bit sore where they must have put ventilation tube in mouth. surgeon v pleased today.

dencha
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   Posted 3/28/2012 6:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stuart!
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club!  Glad your surgery went well, and you're now on the other side and getting ready to heal and go on with your much-improved quality of life.
 
You are very fortunate to have the NHS.  It breaks my heart when people post their severe GERD issues without insurance. 
 
I'll look forward to hearing your home and tucked in on the couch, ready to relax and heal.
 
Happy healing!
Denise
 
 
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