3 weeks post nissen, some questions

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kiwidreamer
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   Posted 6/21/2012 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys this is my first post on the Forum but have been reading up before my op and of course am still here now.

I'm 3 weeks post nissen and hiatal hernia repair and I have a couple of questions for those of you who have "been there done that"

I'm wondering if the eating restrictions that are reccommended early on are mainly in place for people who have difficulty swallowing food or is it because normal food can do damage?

I'm asking because I've been eating "normal" food since 2 weeks after my Op I have no problems swallowing and also can eat my usual amount of food which is quite alot!.

I'm kind of dissappointed because I was hoping my stomach wouldn't be able to hold much food and it would be like an inforced diet

The only problem I've had was one week after the op when I had the most horrendous constipation it was like having a baby terrible involuntary contractions I thought for sure I would bust everything open it was one of the worst experiences of my life!

Thanks to all for a great forum

cheers
kiwi

dencha
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   Posted 6/21/2012 7:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kiwi,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad to hear you're doing so well.  Every so often someone comes through the forum who doesn't have the typical amount of stomach swelling and can eat larger amounts.  Generally though, if they eat too much they suffer afterward. 
 
When you say you eat "normal food", do you still have to take small bites and chew thoroughly before swallowing?  I started on normal foods Day 6, but my surgeon told me to use my own good judgement and eat only foods that could be chewed to a liquid/creamy consistency.  I didn't have any trouble with that, but it wasn't like eating pre-Nissen.  I had to be very careful, and during the first few weeks it could be uncomfortable, as my wrap would complain at times.
 
I think eating restrictions are put in place because some surgeons don't trust their patients to follow more liberal eating parameters.  They're worried that someone will eat a chunk of something that will get stuck and will need an endoscopy to get it out.  My surgeon said that this had only happened one or two times, and he was very comfortable with a more liberal eating protocol.
 
Glad you've joined us!  Continued good luck with your recovery!
Best wishes,
Denise
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"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.”

kiwidreamer
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   Posted 6/21/2012 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for your reply Denise I was a little bit worried that I might be inadvertantly doing some damage.

Mostly I can eat anything I like although I've not tried any soda because I'm not sure of my ability to get rid of all that gas even tho I can burp a little.

I've had no reflux since the op and my breathlessness due to my stomach being in my chest cavity is gone :)

the symptom I found hardest to live with was the cronic fatique and low iron the doc thinks it's probably due to my food not being digested and absorbed properly with maybe some small bleeds in the oesophagus due to erosion of the lining from reflux. If I can be rid of this one symptom I will be a very happy camper.

All in all apart from some pain in the first week or so I'm rapt (wrapped) :)

dencha
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   Posted 6/22/2012 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kiwi,
Glad to hear you're rapt!  You're three weeks post-Nissen (which is MAJOR surgery), so being exhausted is pretty routine even without iron issues.  Hang in there...a you heal and put more distance between you and your surgery, you will begin to feel stronger.  Listen to your body and take it easy...give yourself a chance to heal.  It'll get better!
 
Glad you've joined the forum!
Very best wishes,
Denise
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"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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