I am so glad that I found this site as I know that I am having normal problems with my surgery.
On September 6 I had a redo Nissen Fundoplication Hiatal Hernia repair. My first surgery was 7 years ago and was relatively successful. After that surgery, I had lots of trouble eating and lost 28 lbs. I still had to be on 40 mg. of Nexium daily though.
Starting about 6 months ago, my old symptoms of my hiatal hernia returned with a vengeance and my gastroenterologist had me on 120 mg. of Nexium daily, but it really did not help. To make matters worst, I developed IBS and was suffering with chronic diarrhea or constipation (alternating) and was vomiting, something I had not been able to do after the surgery.
My gastroenterologist suggested an endoscopy and told me that the results indicated my wrap was loose but if I adjusted my diet and ate my last meal of the day no later than 5 pm I would be OK.
I went back to my surgeon who also tested me and said I needed surgery again, but he was not qualified to do it as I had so many issues that the surgery would be too complicated for him to do.
The surgeon referred me to a surgeon at the Mayo in JAX (7 hours from my home) - long story, short, after 3 days of extensive testing I had another surgery and I immediately felt relief.
The surgeon placed a PEG (tube) in my stomach for 1 month to use (venting) if I was nauseous or gassy. That was the worst!!!
I had the PEG removed after 4 weeks post-op but have since had horrible gas. The first 4 weeks I lost 12 lbs. but the scale has gone up those 12 lbs. for no apparent reason other than I get gas after eating the smallest meal. I went from an all liquid diet gradually to blenderized foods (2 weeks post-op) to soft foods (3 weeks to present - 5 1/2 weeks post-op). I eat mostly egg whites, applesauce, sorbet, pudding, jello and potatoes (baked or mashed) - than added small amounts if tuna fish (plain) and boiled chicken. Drinking week decaf tea and sometimes coffee and water - at room temperature with no straw.
The gas is becoming so unbearably painful that I rarely venture out of my house. At home I walk as much as possible and massage those areas hit by gas. Tried Gas X and am on probiotics (which I have been taking for 4 years now). I move my bowels at least 2x daily yet the gas persists.
My surgeon says the pain is not related to my surgery which I do not believe. I am going back again to the surgeon for a second follow up appointment next week as I cannot live like this anymore. I feel like a prisoner in my body with no answers.
The surgeon did remark that my hiatal hernia was extremely bad again and that my stomach was twisted and I had developed Barrett's Esophagus . He also removed 2 large bezoars from my esophagus and stomach at the time of my surgery.
I found some interesting comments on this site and hope someone can relate to any of my problems.
Thank you for bearing through this long explanation.
I should add that I am a 65-year old female who is slightly overweight (10 lbs.) but all in all very active and fit (for the most part)!!!