I'll try to answer what questions I can:
Do they put a cathlier in you before surgery?
I believe that is an individual surgeon's call. I don't believe I had one...If they put a catheter in me it was after I was knocked out, and it was removed before I woke up in recovery. I have heard that some have had a catheter. I believe some people have difficulty going to the bathroom after general anesthesia, and those people might be more likely to be catheterized. Don't worry about it...It's not likely to happen, and if it does, you'll do fine.
What did they give you for pain medication after?
I was given an IV pain medication (morphine) that worked extremely well. At some point in the early morning they switched me to Loritab elixir to make sure that it controlled my pain. They didn't want to send me home until they knew that the medication would work for me. I tried to get a liquid pain med from my surgery, but that seems easier said than done. I ended up going home with pain pills which I crushed and mixed with applesauce to take.
How long was your hospital stay?
I arrived early in the morning on the day of my surgery and was released late morning the next day.
I'm also having a vagotomy with the nissan surgery.do you have tubes in your stomach or nose?
Some doctors put an NG tube (through the nose into the stomach) but many don't. I was prepared to have one, and was pleasantly surprised when I woke up in Recovery without one.
IS there a special diet to follow and does my doctor give it to me?
Generally surgeons are pretty vague about post-Nissen diets. Here are two links that provide excellent guidance. I was on a liquid diet in the hospital and went home on a soft diet. On Day 5 or 6 my surgeon told me I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid (creamy) consistency.
How long of a surgery is it?
My surgeon told me it would take about 3 hours. It took about 2 for mine.
does anyone remember what happen when u got to hospital then to op room?
They took me to a private room (nice!) and I got into a hospital gown. I had a nebulizer treatment for my asthma. They hooked me to an IV and did the usual blood pressure, etc. I suspect they gave me something to relax me pre-surgery. I waited with my family until they came for me.
When they took me to surgery, I went to a room near the ER (still accompanied by my husband) where I met my anestheologist and saw my surgeon. I went into the OR, (it was cold in there!) and they positioned me on a fairly uncomfortable positioner on the operating table and talked to me in a friendly way as they administered an IV that knocked me right out. The next thing I remember I was in the Recovery room being attended to by a nurse. I was very comfortable, but cold, so I requested another heated blanket. Once I'd come-to completely, I went back to my room.
Here's my early recovery journal. I talks a little about my experience in the hospital and the first few days post-op.
Good luck with your surgery! If you have any additional questions, please be sure and ask! There are lots of forum members who've had the surgery and can give you lots of information and support.
Words of wisdom by Eckhart Tolle:
"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 10/31/2012 12:23:44 PM (GMT-6)