I just had Nissen Fundoplication surgery..

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Marvin012006
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   Posted 6/26/2012 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
So a little information on me:

Name is Jeremy I'm 24 years of age and for the past year and a half been struggling pretty hard with gassy problems and as well as acid reflux. I had an upper GI reveal that I had gastritusis as well as a severe hiatal hernia. My doctor suggested if none of the pills I have been taken are not working to go ahead and get the surgery.

Reason why I wanted the surgery:

My worst problem is I would constantly have this feeling of burping where it come up but not come out and I keep doing it immediately until I bent over and it would go out and I could feel this taste in my mouth afterwards. I also lost weight due to not wanting to eat and throwing up when the burp wouldn't want to come out.

My doctor said this would take away all this so I went ahead with surgery. Today is day number 7 I feel pretty gassy still and I still get that feeling of burps like I did before but now I don't burp, I can't. I was wondering is this going to go away or was this just a miserable phase to go through? This is really bugging me out since I can't really eat anything I enjoy or do anything.

My doctor also told me after all this is done and healed I will be able to drink soda again and everything. I haven't touched a soda an over a year..

kiwidreamer
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   Posted 6/26/2012 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marvin I had a lap Nissen and hiatal hernia repair on the 31st May so I'm nearly 4 weeks into healing and I feel fantastic.
I found the first week and a half the hardest but since then I have come away in leaps and bounds.

I have been able to eat soft food with no problems and today had a steak and baked potato chewed it well and it was no problem.

I think everyones journey to recovery is different but I am so glad I went through with the surgery and have only got good things to say.

You will feel bloated for a while yet and may or may n ot be able to burp in time. I can't burp very well right now but for me burping wasn't really an issue before surgery just hoping I can drink a redbull or some beer in a couple of months time :)

feelbad
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   Posted 6/27/2012 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
kiwidreamer, may I ask who did your surgery?

pharcyder
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   Posted 6/27/2012 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same burping problem. I can feel it come up but not out. I have a small hernia

Marvin012006
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   Posted 6/27/2012 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you guys drink faster now than a little bit after surgery? I'm only day 8 and still have to take sips otherwise feel like it going to come back up.

rager201216
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   Posted 6/27/2012 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Marvin,

you will feel like this for a while - don't rush things - stay on soft foods and eat and drink slowly. It took me about 6 weeks to start eating more solid foods. 8 days post surgery I was still in lot of pain from gas and couldn't eat much, other than jello, yogurt and protein shakes. You will recover but it will the time. To answers your question about burping, drinking soda etc - if the surgery is done correctly, you should be able to drink and eat like normal people do and yes, you should be able to burp and drink soda. I am now 10 years post op and having some issues that I am getting checked out but other than that I could drink and eat anything i want - Spicy food, soda, you name it. All you have to do is be patient, give your system a chance to recover and you will be fine.

Marvin012006
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   Posted 6/28/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Rager. Very encouraging words to keep going on and not give up.

Appreciate it man!

Marvin012006
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   Posted 6/28/2012 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
When were you guys able to eat chocolate things or drink like chocolate milk and what not?

rager201216
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   Posted 6/28/2012 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
MArvin,

you can drink chocolate milk already - just do little at a time to see if your stomach doesn't react to sugar and give you nausea. Remember that at this time everything is still swollen from the surgery and is very tight. As you heal, the swelling will go down and food will go down easier - like I said, give it time. I know it is hard but the slower you take things, the better end result.

Anathema
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   Posted 6/30/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm almost 2 weeks out of surgery now and was wanting to know if I should be ok to eat something like mashed potatoes and gravy soon?

Marvin012006
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   Posted 6/30/2012 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
You should be able too.

I'm on my 10th day out and I've been eating mash potatoes cheesy puff popcorn, mac n cheese. Just tried last night Muscle Milk that is chocolate and went down fine.

Trying to keep my weight up since I'm already skinny but hard..

Anathema
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   Posted 6/30/2012 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the reply, I'm also thin and I know it won't be good for me to lose anymore weight. So far I've only been eating pudding, soup, and cottage cheese.

Marvin012006
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   Posted 6/30/2012 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I agree dude I'm same way you are. I was at 149 when I went in to have surgery. :( Was orginally around 160 for awhile until I start throwing up my food due to gerd.

Anathema
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   Posted 6/30/2012 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefully we can look forward to being fat and happy in the future lol.

Marvin012006
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   Posted 6/30/2012 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with you fully. I'm hoping the same thing!

Such a slow thing to go through and still pains in the abdominal area but I'm sure things will get better. I just have no patience, lol.

I go to see my doctor this Tuesday and will decide whether I get to return to work or not. Hoping I do, I kind of sick of being bored at home.

Anathema
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   Posted 7/1/2012 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I see my doctor the same day and I know what you mean spend most my time napping trying to zone out. Don't have much energy to do much through out the day probably because I don't eat that often on my liquid diet. What bothers me most besides not being able to eat lol is the feeling of needing to burp most the time and gas passing through my body causes discomfort sometimes in different places.

Marvin012006
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   Posted 7/1/2012 12:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you burp yet? I can't.. lol

I can puke however. I tried some ravoili and that was mistake.

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   Posted 7/1/2012 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marvin,
Please be sure that you don't vomit during your recovery.  I'm guessing that what you interpreted as vomiting was just (as people around here have described it), coughing up a "hairball" that was the ravioli.
 
It's very important that anyone who has been wrapped get a script of anti-nausea drugs to ensure that if they get the urge to actually vomit they can stop it immediately.  You may be too late for the first retches, but if you take anti-nausea drugs it will inhibit future nausea and keep you from damaging your wrap. 
 
Most people here get scripts for one or more of these:  Phenegran, Compazine (I prefer the suppository version, as once my stomach gets going it's not going to hold down a pil), and Zofran.  The name brand Zofran product melts under your tongue, which is a great plus.  The generic works just fine but must be swallowed.
 
Glad you've joined the forum!
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”

Marvin012006
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   Posted 7/1/2012 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Denise thanks for the reply back. I'm not sure if it was actually vomit or not because it came up white like snot in a way just real thick.

Marvin012006
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   Posted 7/1/2012 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
So I noticed something to tonight when I was eating my Mac N cheese I get these series of hiccups that don't go away and I end up having that white stuff come out of my mouth with a few pieces of Mac N Cheese. (I been eating Mac N Cheese with no problems before) So maybe the ravoli wasn't the case.. I'm going to try to eat even slower now.

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   Posted 7/2/2012 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marvin,
Your wrap is becoming increasingly swollen and this will continue until on or about Day 14 post-op.  You may have to back off your eating a bit and move to the foods you were eating earlier in your recovery. 
 
Whatever you eat needs to be chewed THOROUGHLY with no chunks in order for it to be able to get through the wrap at this stage.  Take small bites and chew, chew, chew, until whatever you're eating is a complete liquid, creamy consistency. 
 
Once your wrap reaches peak swelling it'll gradually become easier to swallow again.  This recovery is a long term project!
 
Take care,
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.”

Anathema
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   Posted 7/2/2012 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I have not been able to burp except very little ones and not that often. I wouldn't consider them a burp either. I haven't tried anything past liquids yet because I know how it feels when things don't go down and get stuck its not fun at all. Had a schatkis ring that caused this, and I wished they left it alone because it seemed todo what this surgery has done except I could eat anything i want with it except some meats. Also I think the white stuff is saliva or acid building up around the food that won't go down trying to disolve it and it backs up when theres to much.

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Marvin012006
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   Posted 7/3/2012 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
So just got back from the doctors office since today is day number 13 with checkup. I told him I'm still having my sessions of wanting to burp just keeps coming but nothing comes out he said that'll go away and I will be able to burp once it loosens up. He also asked me if I tried any carbonated drinks? I told him no and he told me I could start eating meats and what not just cut them in small small pieces.

I feel worried by his information and by what I've been reading on here. Most suggest nothing until 6-8 weeks for meats, bread, etc..

>_< :(

Anathema
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   Posted 7/3/2012 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Saw my Doctor today also and said I should be able to burp eventually to. Mine told me I could start eating things like steamed veggies and fish. She said I could try meats around week 6, so if I was you I would play it safe and wait.

Marvin012006
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   Posted 7/3/2012 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah seems so odd that he would say such a thing.

He didn't mention what I should eat or try to watch out for just said eat normal and take small small bites and chew good.
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