Recovery of Nissen Fundoplication Surgery

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 6/30/2012 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I just found this site.  It looks like it can answer questions that I have.
I have my surgery on May 4th.  I was told that I could expect recovery in 6 to 8 weeks.  Well yesterday was 8!  I still find foods that I cannot eat at all.  So, it's one meal for my husband and another one for me.
Will I ever be able to eat meats? So far chicken and fish are all that I can enjoy.  I have to take my pain meds at least 4 or 5 times a week.
I have lost about 8 pounds, I am a small boned, small woman, age 75. I never was heavy so this is alot for me.
How long can I really expect for recovery?  Any answers would be great!
Thanks - tissiep

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   Posted 6/30/2012 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi tissiep,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah I had my surgery three and a half years ago, and have stuck around to help others the way I was helped.  There aren't that many positive places like this on the internet.  People here helped me tremendously both before surgery and during my recovery.  I'm trying to do the same for others.
First, surgeons do the work, but not the recovery.  They don't really follow their post-op patients that long, and have a theoretical idea of how the recovery should progress.  In reality, while there are gradual improvement, it takes a full six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  I found some continued improvements during the second year, believe it or not.
When I had my surgery, I asked my surgeon when I'd be able to eat sandwiches and steak (the two things he forbade me to eat).  He said that most of his patients can start eating steak around the 8th month mark.  That's most, not all.
You WILL be able to eat normally again, although you'll always have to take smaller bites and chew more thoroughly.  If you're concerned about your weight, eat many small meals throughout the day and consider finding some recipes for calorie dense milkshakes to supplement your intake.  In my experience, once I got to about the fourth month I was able to eat normally enough to begin gaining the weight back. 
Use your imagination.  As long as you take small bites and chew, chew, chew, you should be able to manage a wide variety of foods.  Just cook things a little more (if you've got a hankering for beef, try using your crock pot and sticking a chunk in with some potatoes, onions, and carrots and liquid--just cook it for a long time.) There are plenty of crock pot recipes online. 
Just be sure to cook everything until it's soft.  I was actually be able to manage beef this way long before I could eat it grilled.  My rule of thumb was that if I couldn't chew it to a creamy/liquid consistency, I didn't swallow it.
Again, glad you've joined us!
Very best wishes,
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Date Joined Feb 2012
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   Posted 7/3/2012 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
8 weeks out is a long time to still be taking pain meds, you might call your doctor just to follow that up. You should be able to eat all meats, you'll just have to chew like crazy and take small bites :) It will get easier, I still saw improvement until about 3.5 months post surgery. Try drinking an ensure or something similar if you haven't already, that will help you keep weight on.

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   Posted 7/3/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I am glad you have found us and you will find the members very knowledgable.  I have not had the surgery but want to welcome you to our forum.
I hope you stick with us and know we are here to support you.

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Date Joined Nov 2012
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   Posted 11/1/2012 3:49 AM (GMT -6)   
hi everyone.. new 26 oct sx...Im up because im really bloated and not feeling well . I was on a forum when I was first on tjhis site before joining and I cant find it again. It was all about the recovery...I know there was a Laura in it.. Sound familiar to anyone?
almost 5am orlando fla..
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