Alcohol after TIF procedure?

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postTIF
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   Posted 11/20/2012 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I'm 2 weeks POST-TIF procedure (my third week started today) and doing well. My doctor switched me from the clear liquid diet to the full liquid diet 4 days after surgery, and I'm now on the soft food diet and have had no problems. I was hoping someone could help answer a question I had about drinking alcohol. My doctor actually told me that it was okay to drink alcohol a couple of weeks after the procedure, but the diet sheet I was given says to wait the full six weeks. Any advice? I plan on abstaining for the next few weeks (sadly, through thanksgiving) but I'm going on a trip during week 5 of my recovery (I'll be about 5 and a half weeks through the 6 week process) and am hoping to be able to drink then. I've also never had reflux associated with any alcohol except for red wine-- I wasn't sure if that would be a factor. Let me know what y'all think! Thanks!

dencha
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   Posted 11/20/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi postTIF,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah TIF Club! yeah yeah yeah I'm sure some of the members will be by soon.  I'm in the Nissen Wrap club, but from my experience here on the forum, the recovery is very similar. 
 
This is the thing...everyone's healing is unique, although we all share some similar experiences.  I would suggest starting slow with alcohol.  Remember that your upper GI tract has been through a lot.  Still, sip away, and see what happens.  Listen to your body.  If it says, "Okay!  It's fine!", increase the amount.  Still, I suspect you'll want to keep amounts you drink smaller than usual. It's really a trial and error thing. 
 
Hopefully it'll go well and you can enjoy a little alcohol very soon!  By the trip, you'll be farther along, and that should help.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheers!
Denise
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Marcello
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   Posted 11/20/2012 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
You should have no worries trying at 5 1/2 weeks, especially as it didn't trigger reflux episodes before the op. Definitely test the waters, as Denise says, your body is unique.

Don't drink neat something with too high a proof as you don't want the high concentration of alcohol irritating your already inflamed gut. And probably best not to start with mixing drinks, eg cola with lager or apple juice with moonshine.

dencha
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   Posted 11/20/2012 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Those sound like some lethal combinations! nono Beware! smilewinkgrin
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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

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Eckhart Tolle

edtorres1
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   Posted 11/21/2012 7:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Postiff,
 
On my 7th week of recovery I had a beer, it went down well. Yesterday on my 9th week I had a Philly cheese steak sandwich with jalapenos peppers for lunch  turn .  When I left work around 4 PM I stopped for a beer, I tried to drink a second one butI felt my stomach getting full and only drank half of the second one.
 
Like all the other advise, listen to your stomach/body. I think a drink or two will not harm you.
 
BTW no heartburn woo hoo!!! yeah

postTIF
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   Posted 11/28/2012 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone! Your answers have made me feel a lot better. I will definitely start slow and see how my body reacts. If any one else has advice I'd love to hear it!

hitThePost
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   Posted 11/28/2012 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you just have the TIF, or did you have a hernia repaired too? Thanks,
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