Nissan Fundoplication!!!!

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Date Joined Jan 2012
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   Posted 3/24/2012 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi , my name is sara and im new to this site. Im due to have a nissan fundoplication on the 12 th April and im a bit worried about it smhair Is eating really gonna be a major problem ?? How long does it take to recover and go back to work?? Does it work?? :-)

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   Posted 3/24/2012 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara,
Welcome to Healing Well!  If you're expecting to have a Nissen fundoplication, this is definitely a good place to hang out.  There are many here who've experienced the surgery and recovery, so you'll get lots of answers and support.
I had my Nissen three years ago.  Here is the link to my early recovery journal.  It'll provide give you an idea of what you might expect during the early weeks of recovery.
The length of time you're out of work will depend on what type of work you do.  If you do a desk job you wil be able to return much more quickly than if your work is more strenuous.  Many go back to work at 2 weeks.  If you can give yourself a little more time than that to recover, you'll appreciate it, but if you need to go back sooner, you won't be alone in taking a shorter recovery period.  An acquaintance of mine went back to her job a dental hygenist after just one week, which blew my mind.  Everyone is different in their recovery and how soon they can work.
Read though the link above and see if you still have questions regarding the eating issues. 
Does it really work?  In my experience, yes.  I would do the surgery again in a heartbeat.
Glad you've joined us!  I'm sure others will be by to offer their ideas as well.
Best wishes,

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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 3/24/2012 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the HealingWell Forum. This is the place to be if you are scheduled for the Nissen. I am 62 years old and I had my Nissen 1 year ago this coming April 1. I have experienced a very cautious recovery ( due to the fact that I am older and I am basically a big chicken). Eating will not be a major problem, but you will have to be very careful about what you eat and when you eat it. I was on full liquids for the first 2 weeks of my recovery. I ate cream soups and broth and anything I could puree in my blender. beginning the 3rd week I started adding soft foods, one at a time so that if something didn't agree with me, I would know what it was and back off for a week or so. I am eating everything I want now and I have had a great time after getting my life back. Did the surgery work... ABSOLUTELY!!! I had no life before and now I can sleep without waking to throw up acid, I can eat whatever I want, including my favorite Mexican dishes.. not real spicy but flavorful.. never did like real spicy.
Many here were not as restrictive with their diet but, they will also tell you that everything they ate was chewed to a liquid state.. your first couple of weeks are the most difficult because of the internal trauma from the surgery.. swelling of the wrap will occur for the first 14 or 15 days and then you will have different minor issues for another few weeks. We here at the forum welcome you to ask any questions you would like before the surgery and we will try to tell you of our experiences. PLEASE READ DENISE'S EARLY RECOVERY JOURNAL it contains a wealth of information for you. Denise, Kitt, Bill, Joy and many others took me under their wing when I came here shortly after my surgery, and talked to me, listened to me and made me a part of the HealingWell family. It made me feel so good to know that there were people who understood what I was feeling that my family couldn't understand...
As I said, I am almost 1 year past my surgery and if I ever needed to have it done again, even at my age, I would not hesitate. As long as your surgeon is VERY experienced doing this procedure. You should have no problems. I went back to work (office job) after 2 weeks off. I could have taken an extra week but, as long as I rested when I got home from work, I was ok. My biggest complaint was that I was tired.

Please stay with us and let us know how you are. Feel free to bring us your fears, your frustration and your triumphs. We will try to calm you, support you and celebrate with you. You are among friends.

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Jesper A
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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 3/24/2012 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sara, welcome to the forum.
Yes Nissen is a pretty scary thing to prepare for. However, rest assured that it does help the majority of people.
To me eating was not a problem at all. When you have just been wrapped you are not very hungry at all. You will feel very full on the tiniest portions of soup. After 4 days on liquid food my doctor told me to eat what I wanted just making sure I was taking small bites and chewed it like crazy. The morning of day 5 I had a small bowl of oatmeal, half a slice of toast and one tiny pancake! The taste was like heaven, but it felt like I had had a 12 course dinner.

Regarding work it is like Denise say very individual. I am from Denmark and the guideline here is that most are back no later than 2 weeks post op. When I read posts from others it seems like the ones who have been able to switch to soft foods early (day 4 - 6) are more likely to be able to return to work quickly. That is just my observation and may be wrong. Personally I could not have been home another day without going crazy and was extremely happy to be back at day 13.

Denises blog is very good and should give you an understanding of what you need to go through. As Denise will also tell you, juts relax and see where you recovery takes you. You can’t prepare for all eventualities but the more you accept that you are where you are, the easier your recovery will go. To me this operation and recovery has been no problem and definitely not worse than what I have had to go through the past 2 years with my GERD and LPR.

Good luck with everything!

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Date Joined Apr 2012
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   Posted 4/15/2012 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
hi. i am new today. i had the nissan this last tue, apr11. i came home from the hospital last night. so far i am feeling pretty good. have not had a bm yet, but have only had broth and jello so i guess it will take a bit. the surgery i had took 5 hours and the first two days were quite rough. on the third day i had shortness of breath and had to hade fluid drained off my lungs. i am happy to be home today and hope for a full recovery. the past 5 years for me have been hell. i had gerd and hiatial hernia. on nexium the whole time. gained 40 lbs. felt like crap but the worst part was that the gerd destroyed my vocal chords. i have had to painfully strain to get words out for years now. this has isolated me from people as they can't hear me talk. has anyone out there experienced this and did it improve after you had surgery?

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   Posted 4/15/2012 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi horsecrazylady,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah I'm glad you have made it through all those post-op challenges and are now home in a more comfortable place for healing. 
I'm assuming you were a high-volume refluxer with the severe effects on your vocal chords.  I can tell you that many who have this surgery experience improvement in their vocal chord condition and a decrease in hoarseness.  Don't expect it to happen overnight, though.  They didn't get that was in a few days or weeks and it'll take some time for them to heal now that they're not being bathed in acid.
I have a suggestion.  You've posted on someone else's thread which is probably what popped up when you were Googling information.  If you would copy and paste what you've written in a new thread all your own on the main page it would be helpful. 
Be sure to add a title to your thread so people know what it is about.  You can reach the page at this link:
If you start your own thread it'll be easier for others to find your posts and provide you with answers and support.  If you'd like you can chronicle your recovery so others can benefit from it in the future.
Glad you've joined the forum.  You're in a good place, because there are many here who have been through the Nissen sugery and recovery.  I had mine three years ago.
Hang in there.  The first week or two are tough, but it will gradually improve after that.  I don't know if your surgeon warned you, but your swallowing is likely to get worse before it gets better because of the swelling of the wrap.  Once you reach the peak swelling mark on or about 14 days, the swelling will begin to go down and you'll begin to see improvements.
Take care,

Post Edited (dencha) : 4/15/2012 6:03:29 PM (GMT-6)

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