FINALLY, getting surgery on 10/9/12

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Date Joined Sep 2012
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   Posted 10/5/2012 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I finally saw my surgeon this past Wednesday. He is going to perform the Nissen Fundoplication Surgery as well as fix my  hiatal hernia that is at the bottom of my stomach.  He seemed like a very thorough surgeon. Just a few questions for everyone though.. How long did most people stay in the hosptial after surgery? How long were you on a liquid diet before introducing soft foods? I feel some sense of relief, but still have a lot of anxiety about the procedure.  I'm in high hopes that this surgery will help me as I don't feel like it could get any worse here!!! Oh, also any people out there before their surgeries, did their GI doc. have you on any pain meds. to help with the pain that we all suffer?? I absolutely love this site  because everyone on here is so friendly and willing to help. God Bless

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Date Joined Aug 2012
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   Posted 10/5/2012 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you will feel a lot better after surgery. It is a different type of temporary discomfort you will experience. But well worth the while.
I stayed in the hospital overnight. I did not have pain medication before. The doctor wanted to send me home on Percocet but, knowing the constipating nature of narcotics I asked if could have something not as strong. I was sent home on Tramadol. As I may have mentioned in one of my other post I have not used pain mess since day 3. But if you experience pain definitely use the medication.

The only thing I wish I did differently was the week before eat all my favorite foods the week before. I think that's why I'm still having cravings.

Because I was feeling weak, I started soft foods today. I had a scrabbles egg today, so far so good.
I wish you well. I will keep you on my thoughts and prayers as youmove forward on your journey. I will look forward to your post.

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   Posted 10/6/2012 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there, welcome aboard.  You may want to check these links from our resources:
Fundoplication Surgery for GERD
Post-Nissen eating information :
Remember your surgeon will have his own pre and post op instructions but these links will give you a bit of general info to help. 
I wish you the best as you head into surgery on Tuesday and I suspect you will do just fine.

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   Posted 10/7/2012 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chelle,
Before long we'll be welcoming you to the Wrapped Club!  You may have already seen my early recovery journal, but if not, it will provide you with some idea of one person's experience.  I was a lucky one with a surgeon who had a very liberal eating protocol.  I was on liquids in the hospital (overnight), and went home on soft foods. On Day 5 or 6 I saw my surgeon for a follow-up and he set me free to eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid (creamy/smooth) consistency".  He ruled out bread (toasted is fine) and steak for about 7 or 8 weeks.  I found that beef when cooked in a crock pot for hours and hours was very chewable and easy to swallow.
Here's the journal:
Kitt has already given you some great resources!  The eating guides will be very helpful.
Good luck!  Keep asking questions that come up before your procedure, and we'll be looking forward to hearing from you afterward!
Best wishes,

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Date Joined Jul 2012
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   Posted 10/7/2012 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck to you! Please keep us informed. We're be pulling for you!
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