food getting stuck after Fundoplication

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sreynolds
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   Posted 11/16/2012 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Will food (especially bread) always get "stuck" following Niessen Fundoplication? It's been 3 months and it is a problem every day. Thanks

couchtater
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   Posted 11/16/2012 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Depends on how tight the surgery was done.
Try smaller bites & chewing well followed by a sip of water.
 
If it still sticks try toasting bread first.
Joy
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dencha
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   Posted 11/16/2012 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sreynolds,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah You've already met Joy (couchtater), a long time wrapped member with a wealth of  knowledge.  This is a great forum...I found it shortly before my surgery and it was a great help, so I decided to stick around and help others the way I was helped.
 
A wrap creates an unnatural barrier between your esophagus and your stomach.  Therefore, you're always going to need to eat more slowly and chew your food more completely, but the answer to your question is no.  Things won't always be as tough to swallow as they are at your stage in recovery, but as I said, you'll always have to be more careful.
 
As Joy said, toasted bread goes down much more easily than untoasted.  Actually bread and steak were the two things my surgeon warned me off for at least 8 weeks.  Granted, you're at 12 weeks and should be able to handle it, depending on how big your bite is and how much it is chewed, it's certainly possible to get it stuck even at 3 months.
 
This surgery takes a full 6 months for the majority of healing and a year for the rest (a lot of that is your body adjusting to the changes that have been made).  Listen to your body. If it's telling you to take it easy on the untoasted bread, listen.
 
The rule of thumb is to take small bites and chew, chew, chew, until whatever you're eating is a creamy consistency.  That way you'll never have a problem.  I'm nearly 4 years post op, and I still have to remind myself to slow down and chew my food more thoroughly.  It's a small price to pay for getting rid of the effects of GERD.
 
Glad you've joined us!  Stick around and ask whatever questions come to mind.  I'm sure others will be by to welcome you and share their own thoughts and support.
Take care,
Denise
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Marcello
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   Posted 11/18/2012 11:22 AM (GMT -6)   
As Denise said, just keep chewing before you swallow. This takes conscious effort as we've been accustomed to eating without chewing properly for years. Hopefully it will improve as the swelling settles and your esophagus adapts to the barrier.

I wouldn't avoid any food, including bread, unless it's still painful. They also recommend avoiding excessive alcohol in the recovery phase, examples of which include beer, cider and moonshine.

dencha
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   Posted 11/18/2012 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Marcello...
You're a trip!  How are you doing with your recovery?  It's great that you've stayed around to help others on the forum.  It's always great to hear from you.
You make me laugh.
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"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.”
Eckhart Tolle

Marcello
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   Posted 11/19/2012 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Haha good to hear, recovery is ok Denise thanks for asking, getting there :)
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