3 weeks post op - laproscopic nissen fundoplicaton. HELP!

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khally1995
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   Posted 3/19/2012 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all, I'm new to this site and I've been trying to do some research but I don't seem to be getting any straight answers...
I'm 17 and I had this op done 3 weeks ago today. I feel in myself healthy and well, I am not suffering badly with gas or anything.

My main problem is food sticking in my food pipe, it causes me so much pain and I actually have to be sick in order to feel atleast a little bit better. I seem to throw up the stuff that's trapped in my throat, but all the advice suchas sitting up straight, eating slowly and little bites doesn't seem to work with me, it still gets stuck even if I drink luke warm water or not...
I just need some advice that would stop this immense pain and discomfort please! :)

Gritty
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   Posted 3/19/2012 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
My advice, go easy. At 3 weeks you shouldn't be trying anything too solid, take it slow and opt for soups, milkshakes and jelly (jello if you're American). The stuck food is the worst part of recovery, it really knocks the wind out of your sails but it does get easier. The liquid/ soft diet is horrible and boring but it doesn't last long, in a few months you'll look back and it'll seem like a distant memory as you happily eat a full meal and start living properly again. The forum mantra is "chew, chew, chew" so if you do try and move onto the harder stuff take little bites and see how it feels before attempting to finish it.

Take care and let us know how it goes. I'm just past my 1 year mark and feel great, I can even do steak! It'll happen, it just takes time.

dencha
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   Posted 3/19/2012 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Khally,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Gritty has given you excellent advice.  At 3 weeks you're at the very beginning of your recovery, so swallowing problems are very common. 
 
I don't know if you've come across this link already, but just in case:
It's the link for my recovery journal.  You can see what my early recovery was like, and hopefully get some idea of how difficult swallowing can be.
 
As Gritty said, this will pass over time, and once healed, you'll be back to eating normally. 
 
Here's another link with some information on "mushy food" choices.  If you scroll down the document you'll find some recipes for milkshakes as well.
 
I had the surgery 3 years ago, and I can still remember being where you are in the recovery.  I was told by others here that it takes 6 months for the majority of healing to occur, and a full year for the rest.  That doesn't mean you'll be having the difficulties you're experiencing for 6 months...but it should indicate how much farther you'll have to go before you get fully healed.  3 weeks is the infancy of your healing process.
 
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow it where it leads you, it will be much easier.  Those who struggle against it have the hardest time.  It is what it is. 
 
I can also speak to the food getting stuck...you don't have to panic when that happens.  If you can stay calm, you'll likely be able to get whatever it is down, by taking sips of water or warm tea.  (Did anyone tell you to stay away from iced drinks?  They can cause esophageal spasms.  Stick to room-temperature water for the time being.) 
 
As Gritty said, if you're eating solid foods, you'll want to make sure to take tiny bites and chew, chew, chew until it's liquified.  Then there will be nothing to stick.
 
Again, glad you've joined us!  I'm sure others will be by to weigh in soon!
Happy healing,
Denise
 

khally1995
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   Posted 3/20/2012 1:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Denise and Gritty, for the advice! Its helped a lot and I will be sure to let you know how the rest of the recovery is going!:)

Jesper A
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   Posted 3/20/2012 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Khally, I was really bad like you. Second time it happened I ended up in the ER. 5 minutes before I saw the doctor it passed :)

Anyway, to me it didn't matter if ate solids or had water. What did help was taking it extremely slowly in the beginning of the meal and not mixing food and water (or anything else to drink). If stuff did get stuck I spit out everything that did come up and it usually passed within 5 – 15 min.

I had the problems up until week 10, so don’t worry. You will get used to it 

khally1995
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   Posted 3/20/2012 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Will the wretching and being sick damage my wrap from where the food get stuck? I'm so afraid of damaging what they've done and how long do you advise that I stay on a sloppy diet for?

Gritty
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   Posted 3/20/2012 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
You should be ok, you're still healing so it's natural to be worried about damaging the wrap. You're still acid free right? Basically just keep experimenting. At around 3 weeks I was liquidising casseroles but even the smallest chunks used to get stuck. Avoid bread at all costs but take it one step at a time. Move onto mashed potatoes and gravy for a bit of variety (and some nice savoury). I reckon within a couple of weeks you'll be ready for lumpier foods. Like I say, don't go cooking a massive dinner and kicking yourself when you can't eat it. Just keep seeing what works and keep it small. You might find you can cope with a bit of chicken if chewed properly or some pureed veg (I made a mean veg curry during recovery which was the consistency of wallpaper paste but delicious as hell). Your body will tell you when enough is enough so listen out for the telltale signs. It's very easy to get over ambitious at this stage as the recovery is very quick, just pace yourself and if you're anything like me you'll be eating everything within a couple of months.

khally1995
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   Posted 3/20/2012 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, yeah still acid free!:) I get the occainsonal slight pain in my chest, but it seems to pass after a while. And ok, thank you so much! :)

stkitt
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   Posted 3/20/2012 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Khally,
 

Welcome to the GERD/Heartburn forum. I just wanted to pop in and say hello.  I see you have met some of our wise and wonderful members and I am glad they have been able to help you with your questions. 

I look forward to getting to know you better.

Kindly,

Kitt


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khally1995
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   Posted 3/20/2012 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Its lovely to know how friendly you all are. Thank you for the help, I shall be posting more as as the weeks of recovery go on :)

GerdyGirl
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   Posted 3/20/2012 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you're advancing your diet too quickly. While you probably haven't caused any serious damage, take it easy during the healing process (words I should be heeding too). You'll be able to eat again normally eventually, just have patience. I'm 4 weeks out now and it seemed like magically last week I started being able to handle solids if I chew a million times.
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