Post Nissen symptom - is this a normal sensation in my throat?

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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 8/4/2012 2:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all.  I just had my Nissen on Tuesday.  Feeling remarkable well, considering.  I am quite tired, and sore at the incision sites.  But have definitely felt a reduction in reflux symptoms. Thankfully, as they were ruining my life.
I wanted to ask about one thing I've been experiencing.  When I drink or eat, I feel a gurgling sensation (and sound) at the base of my esophagus, where I think the wrap is located.  It's like fluid gets stuck there for a few moments, then I can feel it fall into my stomach. It's not painful...just a little uncomfortable, and a strange sensation. Is this a part of the swelling I keep hearing about?  Is it a normal part of the recovery process?
My doctor told me not to worry about it.  Easy for him to say - he's not the one gurgling!
i don't know what the swelling phase is all about.  Can anyone share?
Your thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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   Posted 8/4/2012 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
This happened during my recovery when I drank anything. It still happens now (I'm 8 months out) sometimes, usually when I take a big gulp of something. Its like I feel it draining into my stomach. Its odd, but I've gotten so used to it that I barely notice it. I brought it up with my surgeon and he said it wasn't something to be concerned about as well.
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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 8/4/2012 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. So does :don't worry about it" mean it goes away over time....or it stays forever but isn't something dangerous? I have a post-op visit with my surgeon next week and will ask him. What did yours say?

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   Posted 8/4/2012 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
It's the swelling you're experiencing. The gurgle will gradually fade as the swelling goes down. I'm 2 1/2 years out and no gurgles.
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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 8/4/2012 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Ahhh, so this is the infamous swelling I keep hearing about. Not so much fun. Thanks for the clarification, Joy!

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Date Joined May 2012
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   Posted 10/15/2012 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 6 months post op and the "gurgling" only happens once in awhile, when I forget to slow done as I drink. I'm always the last one to finish dinner.
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