Nissen Post-Op Symptom

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   Posted 6/2/2012 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys,

Just had the Nissen done about 11 days ago for my GERD/LPR symptoms. Doing pretty well in recovery although the liquid diet stinks.

My question is to those who have had the surgery before. My main symptom (besides the normal aches and pains around the incision area) is a type of fullness around my throat, especially after I eat. I feel as if I have air that is trapped in my throat and only by taking a deep breath am I able to release some of that air (sounds kind of like a mini burp and I am often hiccuping). Anyone else have this symptom? Only thing I can think of is the liquid isn't going through the swollen wrap properly at this point.

It just bothers me because I had throat problems before the surgery (lump in throat, redness around the voicebox) and I just would like confirmation this isn't anything reflux related (being the pessimistic person I am).

Hoping Dencha responds! Seems to have a lot of knowledge on the subject.

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   Posted 6/2/2012 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Curb,
At 11 days post op your wrap is becoming increasingly swollen and uncomfortable.  Generally peak swelling is on or about 14 days.  Your insight into the possible cause of your discomfort is right on.  It's highly likely that food and drink is getting held up at the wrap site.  It's a common problem at your stage of healing. 
It's also likely that you'll experience some pain when swallowing during this time.  I remember times when I swallowed and it felt like I was swallowing a huge air bubble.  Ouch!
Just take it very easy on eating as you move toward peak swelling.  Small bites and chew, chew, chew.  If you're no longer on liquids, you might find them more comfortable during these days of increased swelling.  Just listen to your body and take things slow.  Stay away from iced drinks, as they can cause some painful spasms.
Once you've reached peak swelling it will gradually go down and you're on the road to recovery. It's totally common for swallowing to get worse before it gets better during the first two weeks post-op.
Don't worry about reflux.  Often when the wrap is swollen or very tight during the early healing weeks and months, there can be a feeling of irritation that mimics reflux.  Very often it's caused by food that's held up at the wrap site and is just plain iritating.
Hang in's not forever. 
It will get better!
Best wishes,
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

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   Posted 6/4/2012 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Dencha! That was very reassuring to me.

If anyone has any questions about the Nissen recovery, please let me know. I'm about to hit the 2 week mark.
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