Nissen Fundoplication and HH repair last Tuesday after 33 years of problems

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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 7/7/2012 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Finally had surgery last Tuesday after many, many years of problems. I first was diagnosed with Hiatel Hernia at age of 12 when they did a CT with contrast of my chest and abdomen to determine if there was enough room for my heart and lungs to develop due to pectus excavatum.

I had issues one again and off again as I was growing up with acid reflux, but started having serious GERD and problems eating back around 1997. I had gone through all of the acid reducers, diet modification, etc with little to no help beyond taking four 40mg omezapranole daily.

Finally, the I was referred to a surgeon after an EGD scope showed chronic acute esophagitis, which I knew I had already.

The esophageal manometry showed that the lower esophageal sphincter was pretty much non-existant. The surgeon believes that the pectus excavatum may have made structural changes that made it less effective even as a child.

So, now 4 days after surgery and see it will be a long recovery time. Still having lots of swelling in the stomach and pain. At least I can belch a little bit which helps a lot with the pain after drinking liquids.

I simply cannot wait to eat somewhat normally again.

So far the extent to something more solid has been canned chicken noodle soup with the larger bits of meat removed, small quantities of ice cream, and blueberry yogurt (cheap kind with only small bits of blueberries in it) I am hoping to be able to move to soupy instant oatmeal in a couple of days. In all cases I am careful to measure what I eat and limit it to 4oz at a time (over about 30 minutes) of the more liquid stuff and 2 oz for the slightly solid foods. Eating or drinking any more seems to cause excessive pain.

I do hope anyone who has finished their recovery from this surgery can respond with their experiences and hints to make the restricted diet a little more tolerable.

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 7/7/2012 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   

wow, you sure waited long time to have the surgery - I hope it fixes all your issues. I had it done 10 years ago and would do it again if I had to. You are just at the very beginning of your recovery so stick to liquids and very soft foods like yogurt, jello and protein shakes. I wouldn't eat ice cream as the cold can aggregate your esophagus and it can spasm etc. Protein shakes are really useful as they pack on a lot of vitamins, minerals and protein which you need to heal. My recovery was extremely slow as well - I didn't eat anything more than liquids and soft foods for first 2 weeks. What I found that was the closest to normal food at the beginning of my recovery was Weight Watcher's Smart Ones Slow Roasted Turkey Breast with Mashed Potatoes Frozen Food - it is very very soft and never gave me problem so give that a try, just make sure to chew very well and you should be OK. I didn't try bread or steak for a year and I know it sucks but the longer you resist the better you heal. I hope this helps.
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