Anyone have a quick recovery after Nissan. My surgeon told me this....

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   Posted 3/23/2012 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Trying to decide about Nissan - have LPR - Gerd.  I have  aspirated in my lungs so much I have many, many "nodules" there. Says surgery is a life and death matter if I keep aspirating Surgeon put me on strict diet.  Eat every 4 hours, 4 times a day and follow gerd diet.  I lost 18 lbs in 6 weeks.  With diet, eurgo bed, no more aspiration.
Anyway, he did his residency under some top Nissan surgeons and he did all the "redo's" when some other surgeon messed the surgery up.  So I am very confident with him.  He said my recovery time will be up to 2 weeks.  He also said when it feels like something is stuck it really went down and it is just a spasm at that sight that will go away with healing.  In 12 years he has only had 1 patient that it took 6 months, but she had other issues when he got in there and she was a mess inside.
I'm reading about all this 6 -12 month recovery.  He said that is not the norm.He is even going to ask some prior patients to call me.
I cant be laid up for that long. My 93 year old mom lives with me and I would have to put her in a nursing home and I'm afraid she will pass there. 
So looking for some real stories that are successful and quick healing.

Roger D.
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   Posted 3/23/2012 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't want to be a downer but I had my wrap Jan. 23, 2012 and I continue to have swallowing issues. I have had two dilations which helped a lot. I go from a "normal" diet then when my stomach becomes painful I revert back to a "soft" diet until it gets better. I also feel dizzy and nauseated frequently. Gas has not been a problem like other people report. I cannot burp.
Having said that, I am happy that I had it done. The only problem is that I feel that I traded one set of symptoms (acid relux) before surgery for other symptoms mentioned above after surgery. I hope that things will resolved themselves with time. 
Good luck with your decision.      

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   Posted 3/23/2012 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I know you will be hearing from members who have had the surgery, however,  I think 2 weeks is misleading for any major surgery even if everything goes well.  However, the recovery period varies from patient to patient so giving you a set time frame is not possible IMHO. 
I am wondering if you have had a second opinion and if not you may want to as you have some major questions. 
I hope you will be able to make the best decision for you. 

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   Posted 3/23/2012 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Kitt. Major surgery recovery is always said to be 3 months minimum, at least for heavy liftin and back to normal. It can be more for Nissens, with the changes we have to undergo with our diets.

I'd plan on getting in some help for Mom. There must be some way to get an agency involved. Sorry I don't know how that works.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a quick recovery but I feel I'm not the norm. I had nissen Dec 13, 2011 and was completely back to feeling myself by one month. Eating was never a problem for me- never got anything stuck. I had pain from the surgery which lasted about 10 days. That's how long I used pain meds. My surgeon encouraged me to eat normally (chew well) and resume regular activities. Recovery was easier than I'd expected. You will definitely need help with your mom for a couple of weeks, minimum. Maybe she would qualify for a home nurse while you recover. I'm 59, by the way, so not a spring chicken!

Good luck to you!

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   Posted 3/23/2012 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it depends on what your definition of "recovery" is as well. Recovery continues inside for a long time, after your outside incisions heal up completely.

My surgeon considered my recovery faster than average. At 2 weeks I was able to get around, run errands, go to work, do my daily tasks, but I got tired very easily. Took lots of resting breaks. At 4 weeks I was able to eat most foods. At 6 weeks I was eating everything, and had my old energy back.

I have never heard a 2 week recovery time from any doctor I've talked to or person here who has had the surgery. My surgeon told me that on average, it takes 8 weeks to recover back to normal.

You might be able to start helping your mom again around 2 weeks.. but don't push it. No lifting anything heavy. You will still get tired easily. I would have a backup plan in place, someone to help with your mom in case it takes longer than you expect.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi poortummy,
When people say 6 months to a year for recovery, it does not mean that it takes that long before you feel better.  It just means that you'll have improvements continue that long...that your GI tract will adjust and be fine-tuned throughout that time.  You'll be generally "back to normal" before that.  It's just that if you're still struggling with some quirky issues with your upper GI tract, you need to give it the full 6 months to a year to allow it to resolve.  I even had improvements continue into the second year. 
Sometimes surgeons underestimate the recovery, as they've never lived through it.  This forum is great because there are many who've had the surgery and know first-hand what to expect.
Best wishes!

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   Posted 3/23/2012 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I meant being down in bed for 1-2 weeks. But able to work and do daily things after that.
I know the surgrey will tear me down for awhile, I just thought I was going to be a mess for 6-12
My surgeon also does not put as much gas in you so that helps.

He also uses some special mesh so as not have to do a redo.

In 12 years he has only had 1 redo and that was the lady with other issues.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I had mine done 3 weeks ago tomorrow. My recovery has been remarkable so far. Obviously, I still have some symptoms and issues, but I was out of the hospital after 1 night; I was walking around with minimal discomfort (including climbing stairs) within 3 days. I was getting tired more quickly than normal for the first 2 weeks or so, but now I would say I'm about 85% of my stamina prior to the surgery.

I have not done/attempted any heavy lifting, and I won't test that for at least another 2 months, but I am working at my desk job with no issues, I am able to perform tasks like shopping for groceries and laundry with no issues. Pain was minimal, and I was off pain-killers other than Tylenol after the first 3 days (other than on 2 occasions where I ate too aggressively resulting in cramps).

Clear liquid diet for the first 3 days post surgery, then liquid diet for another 3 days. Then I was on a soft-liquid diet for a few days before slowly adding in full soft-diet food (which still sometimes cause me problems).

So, without trying to jinx my good progress, I'll say that it is certainly possible to have a speedy recovery.

Good luck!

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   Posted 3/23/2012 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to return to work as a school teacher at two weeks, but I had to rest often and couldn't lift anything for six weeks. My eating was affected for four months.
I was able to feel normal about month one.

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   Posted 3/23/2012 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
If you are talking about being bed ridden, well, I was only in bed in the hospital. I was out doing normal things within a week. Just had to rest a little more. The biggest restriction you'll have, which might be a problem for you with your mom (I don't know if you need to physically lift her), is lifting anything more than 5 or 10 pounds for 3 months or so. If your mom is not mobile, needs help getting in and out of shower, tub, bed or such then you will need help for a while.

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   Posted 3/24/2012 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi poortummy,
As Starry says, you will be out of bed pretty much as soon as you leave hospital and comfortably running errands after day 4 - 6. I was back at work after 2 weeks with no problem. The 6 months to a year is the healing of your GERD.

Obviously this is only if everything is going smooth. Some will have issues that prevents them from switching to soft-foods and I guess that will have an impact on when you have energy to return to work. Also if you browse through this forum you will see the stories from the ones who experience some of the other problems that can occur after a NF.

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   Posted 3/24/2012 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Its good to hear some success stories. My mom walks with walker, but can't get out of tub. She can get it with my help. I spend a lot of time stripping her bed and redoing it, and lots of laundry as well as cooking for her.
Are the success stories from younger people? I am 58.

Denise, I think we may be around the same age.

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   Posted 3/24/2012 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I still have LPR...even on Nexium twice a day.

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   Posted 3/24/2012 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   

I am 62 and I am coming up on 1 year past Nissen. You should be prepared to have someone come in and help for at least 2 weeks for your laundry and cleaning and stripping Mom's bed. Getting Mom in and out of the tub is another subject. You will have to get direction from your surgeon, but I was not allowed to lift pull or tug on anything heavier than a gallon of milk for 6 weeks after my surgery. I had the lap Nissen. Even though you are healed well on the outside, you have had major surgery and you need time to let the inside heal also.

I am eating everything I want now and I am not taking any PPI's now. I had reflux induced asthma and after the surgery, it was gone. I am very satisfied with the results of my surgery and would do it again in a heartbeat.

Please continue to come here and ask any questions you like. Share your fears or triumphs with us. We will support you and celebrate your accomplishments.

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   Posted 3/24/2012 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Poortummy, I think you'll need help with your mom's care for a while. Do you have a walk in shower she can sit in with a shower chair? That would be ideal for both of you. Lifting and straining will be your biggest limitation.

As I said before, I'm 59 and felt pretty good at 2 weeks and normal by a month. I know the healing continues inside for longer but if you have lap surgery you'll heal quickly on the outside.

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