Nissens Fundoplication done 4 days ago/Bad coughing/Also anyone end up with a partial wrap?

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   Posted 7/22/2012 12:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Friends!
I have read this forum through and through prior to my surgery, but after surgery, it seems like I totally forgot everything I have read. AND, my surgery was not without complications. During my surgery, the surgeons found massive amounts of scar tissue in the area they were operating on and were only able to do a partial wrap. (either 1/2 wrap to 270 degrees; they would not confirm) Anyway, they also found that the scar tissue caused my stomach to adhere to my liver and that the scar tissue was wrapped around the main artery to my heart. They said it was too dangerous to remove any of this tissue so they dissected around it and were able to do a partial wrap. I am still trying to take in all of the NEW findings they have told me about.....but

All complications aside, has anyone ended up with a partial wrap? I have all symptoms of LPR, coughing, clearing throat, hoarseness, etc. And, I had reflux all the time since my valve was wide open. They say I should get 80-85 percent improvement or perhaps that 80-85 percent of the people get improvement...........not sure what they were talking about when I was in my morphine fog. But, either way, the very first night in the hospital I had the worst coughing episode I have ever had. Has anyone else every experienced this? And, will it go away? This is one of the main reasons I wanted this surgery. I have full blown coughing fits each nite until I totally blow out my vocal cords and voice. The nurse at the hospital that night was more worried than me. She literally came into my room every ten minutes to check on me because my oxygen levels were dropping below 70 the whole night. I told her it was my coughing and she took it upon herself to call my doc in the middle of the night because there were no orders for cough medicine. Little did she know that no cough medicines ever work for this and I would continue afterwards....

Anyway, each night since I have been home, my cough has persisted. And, I am having HUNGER pains. I have heard about gas pains, etc. But, my pains feel like HUNGER. And, I have been drinking very little, but I am extremely swollen in the lower abdomen. I expected to lose weight since I have been on a mostly WATER diet this week, and got on the scale to find I have actually gained 2 lbs. How can this be???? Is something wrong with me?

I would love to hear from anyone out there that maybe had a lot of coughing afterward, but then it went away? Also, anyone who was so swollen and when did the swelling finally go away???

Thanks so much! I know you guys are great! I am just worried I may not get well and now I have new things to worry about!


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   Posted 7/22/2012 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi PJess,
I coughed NONSTOP for the first two and a half months of my recovery.  I was very worried that I'd cough the stitches right out, but thankfully, they remained strong and intact.
You've probably already seen this, but in case, here's evidence of my COUGH COUGH COUGH...
The hoarseness took a lot longer to resolve.  I think in my case it was reflux induced hoarseness that was made worse by coughing and allergies.  I continued to have hoarseness (I was teaching 2nd grade also, which is very voice-intensive.  I'm sure that didn't help with the healing.  I'm now 2 years retired.).  My allergist said to "try not to cough" because coughing does tremendous hard to the vocal chords.  Easier said than done, don't you think?
Anyway fast forward three and a half years post-op...I had resigned myself to always having a hoarse voice.  Suddenly, the past couple weeks, I discovered that my hoarseness is gone!  I can sing again!  Hooray!  I'm in the midst of allergy season, too, which has always been another culprit for hoarseness.
So...don't despair...healing takes time--in my case, a lot of time!
Hang in there,
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