Surgery tommorrow

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Keeponburning
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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 3/12/2012 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I am finally scheduled for surgery tommorrow ( a partial wrap as my swallowing reflex was not too strong). I am somewhat nervous, chiefly about the post surgery period.  At the moment my chief concern is the dietary requirements following surgery.  The instructions from my surgeon were "sketchy" at best considering the posts I have seen here.  In a nutshell, clear liquids for three days, then progress to a regular diet as tolerated - the only restrictions were no bread or crackers, no raw vegetables or fruit for 3 weeks.  If anyone could direct me to a diet or to a post with this information, that will better serve me post surgery, it would be greatly appreciated.

dencha
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   Posted 3/12/2012 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Keeponburning,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Congratulations on having a surgery date...you're way ahead of many here.  I also found this forum shortly before I had my surgery three years ago, and found it extremely helpful.  Here's a link to my early recovery journal, in case you haven't seen it:
 
Here's the thing about eating.  Some surgeons are extremely strict about their eating protocols, and have their patients on liquids for an extended time.  My surgeon was more like yours.  At Day 6 when I saw him, he set me free to eat "whatever could be chewed to a liquid" from that point on.  Be thankful you weren't given a strict protocol.  Life is much easier with a looser eating regimen. 
 
During the first couple weeks your wrap will be mighty touchy, and you'll have moments when swallowing is not much fun.  Also, during the first two weeks your wrap will become increasingly swollen, so your swallowing will get worse before it gets better.  However, once you hit peak swelling and the swelling begins to subside you're on your way toward eating more normally.
 
My surgeon said no bread or steak for probably 8 weeks or so.  That said, toasted bread chews nicely to a liquid, so as long as it's well-toasted you're good to go.  Surprisingly, saltines or other delicate crackers are also fine.  I agree that raw veggies and fruit will be the last to add.
 
This is the most important thing to remember.  Take very, very small bites, and chew, chew, chew, chew.  If you do that, then your mouth and teeth become your blender, and you'll find yourself enjoying your food immensely.  Keep in mind that you will always have to chew your food more carefully after you have the surgery.
 
Also, you will get full exceedingly quickly after the surgery.  This is because the top of your stomach (the fundus) is the part that sends messages to the brain regarding fullness.  Since your fundus will be very swollen misinterprets the swelling as fullness.  As the swelling subsides you'll gradually be able to tolerate more food.  You'll want to eat many small meals as you recover.
 
Here's a good resource regarding food:
 
Best wishes for your surgery tomorrow!
Post when you can so we know how you're doing and can welcome you to the Wrapped Club!
 
Take care,
Denise

mintpepper
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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 3/12/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 5 days post-op. I had a 270 degree wrap(toupet). My swallowing test showed good swallow but I had put off surgery so long because I was afraid of difficulty swallowing after surgery. Also I am 68, and I am glad he went with the toupet because I would rather have some reflux to deal with than difficulty eating in the span of time I have left. I mainly had the surgery because most of my stomach was in the chest- surprisingly hardly any symptoms!!

I was sent home on full liquid diet, though for first few days i used only broth. Today I have had yogurt, strained cream of chicken soup, and I may try thin mashed potatoes tonight. I have not had any problems at all, but I do eat very slowly and know that over the next week or so with swelling that it may not be this good. The list they gave me included shakes and ice cream, puddings, cocoa ,custard, cream soups, all fruit and vegetable juices, cream of wheat, instant whipped potatoes, high protein drinks like Boost, and I have heard people say that well cooked mac and cheese goes down easy. I am still looking for good things to eat over the next few weeks too.

You said you are having a partial wrap- which one is it? I have heard that there may be fewer difficult swallowing problems with it. You will do fine after surgery- just know that each day gets better!! turn
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