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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