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jennas40
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   Posted 11/16/2012 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you have alot of pain after your surgery and how long in hospital

dencha
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   Posted 11/16/2012 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jennas,
Everyone interprets pain differently, but from my own experience and the experience of working here on the forum, I'd say that the vast majority of people don't have a significant amount of pain. 
 
There are always a few outliers who, perhaps because of a variation in procedure, have pain problems, but as a whole, people who have a straight hiatus hernia repair and Nissen fundoplication don't find the pain unbearable at all.
 
Most often the referred shoulder pain is the most bothersome. I found that the more I walked post-op, the less shoulder pain I had. Walking is key.  You can start it right away when you are in the hospital.  I walked at night whenever I got up to go to the bathroom.  The nurses saw me as I strolled by pushing my IV pole! turn  A nurse recommended the walking routine, and it was wonderful advice!
 
Read over my early recovery journal and you can see what my experience was like in regards to pain:
 
Take care,
Denise

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Post Edited (dencha) : 11/16/2012 11:12:45 AM (GMT-7)


jennas40
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   Posted 11/16/2012 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
my doctor told me they take gas back out of you,do u know how I can find out if my doctor has done these before thanks

dencha
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   Posted 11/16/2012 5:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jennas,
That's a very important thing to know.  The only way I know of is to call his/her office and ask for that information straight-out.  They have a responsibility to tell you the truth.  I went to a surgeon recommended by my GI doctor, and he had done 300+, and did 3 the week  had mine.  I lived in a small city, so that was a substantial number. 
Just ask.
Good luck!
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
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

jennas40
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   Posted 11/16/2012 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
ok i,m gonna check thank you

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/17/2012 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
jennas-

They do try to remove as much of the gas as they can, but some will still remain. The pain I believe is from the pressure on the nerves and such from the gas and irritates them.

My hospital stays were #1 2 days, #2 3 days (redo), and #3 7 days (redo open surgery). My open surgery was my best recovery. No shoulder pain!

Take care,
Bill
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