help! recent fundo post surgery recovery issues

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1 day at a time
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   Posted 11/23/2012 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Just had laproscopic fundo surgery 4 days ago. Still feel lousy. Gut bloated to high heck. When does the swelling/bloating get better? Maybe I'm just a wimp but doc said fast recovery with lapro surgery. Beginning to wonder. Anyone out there with words of wisdom? Getting kind of scared. Thanks to all

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/23/2012 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
hiatal surgery newbie

Welcome to Healing Well and the Wrapped Club!

You have been told the typical bad info doctors give their patients after this surgery. Yes the incisions do heal faster, but you had major surgery and your insides will take 6 months to a year to fully heal.
The swelling will continue and should peak around the 2 to 3 week mark. This is a long recovery to get back to 100%.

A few things to help. Be sure to keep hydrated, but don't use straws or drink carbonated or cold drinks. Room temp or warm drinks are best, so you don't have excessive spasms. Chew your food VERY well, to a liquid consistency. Take small bites and wait until you feel it go through the wrap. Stay away from soft bread and tough meat such as steak for 6 weeks or so. Toast does go down fairly good as it can be chewed to a liquid. Eat small, 1/4 cup meals frequently vs. trying to eat until you are full 3 times a day. when you advance your diet and things feel worse, back off for a couple days.
I found sleeping in a recliner was helpful with the early stages. It keeps you from putting too much pressure on your stomach. Also easier to get up to walk. Walking will help with any shoulder pain you get from the surgery too. If you do sleep in bed, roll to your side and use your arms to push yourself up to get out of bed. easier on sore stomach muscles.
I used ice and heat on my stomach depending on what felt better. If you are having pain, don't let it get out of control. Take your meds as prescribed. If you let it get out of control it will take quite a long time to regain control of it.
Gas X works well for most to help with gas bloating. You probably will experience what is called dumping. This is basically fast on set of loose stools. This is from the pressure that was put on your insides during surgery and from liquid type diets. This gets better with time, but can hang around for several months.

Most of all...be patient with your recovery. Get lots of rest and listen to your body. Your energy will be low because of the surgery and low food intake. Try to get as many calories as you can without over eating. A lot of also experience hiccups and they can be painful. I know when I had eaten enough when these started. It was my signal to stop eating immediately.

Again, be patient and stop by here as often as you need to. We are here to help you through this.

Take care,
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 11/24/2012 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi h.s.newbie!
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad you've joined us!  This is a great place to get information and support while you recover.  Bill has given you a wealth of great information.  I'd add...I don't have a recliner so I continued to sleep in my bed that had an elevated head, and I augmented that incline with my wedge.  It does make you feel more comfortable as you sleep.
 
You're at the most difficult part of your recovery.  Most everyone at your stage wonders if they've made a mistake by having the surgery.  Just give it time, and you'll be happy with the results.  As Bill said, it takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.
 
Here's a link to my early recovery journal.  It might help you to see how much of what you're experiencing is typical.
 
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow it where it leads you, you'll do much better.  It doesn't do a bit of good to struggle over what "is".  You can't rush this recovery.  Your body will heal in its own sweet time.  If you can go with the flow and accept your recovery, you'll do just fine.
 
Stick around and ask questions.  We're here to provide information (we've been there, done that!) and support.
Happy Healing!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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"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

1 day at a time
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   Posted 11/25/2012 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for the quick reply. It really helps to know I'm not alone. I felt like I was a wimp but now realize how invasive this thing really was.
I didn't even know I had a hiatal hernia until I had stomach pain 2 weeks ago. So I went from thinking I had a bug & some indigestion to surgery in only a week. A lot to take in given I was working full time in the field just 10 days ago. Crazy!
I'm a health inspector who works in the field inspecting septic systems and water wells, so I'm outside in the trenches a good part of the day. Any idea when I can get back to the field? That "dumping" term sounds ominous for someone who works in the field. Perhaps I shouldn't eat while I'm out of the office?

Thanks once again. This site is wonderful.

dencha
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   Posted 11/25/2012 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi h.s. newbie,
In my case the dumping only occurred early in the morning.  I know some run to the bathroom more with it, but it seemed like from the time I got the gurgling sounds in my stomach and the time I had to go to the bathroom was long enough to be able to handle it fine.  Also, it was intermittent.  Here's an anti-dumping diet you can follow if you find you have the problem (not everyone does)
 
If you can take 6 weeks it would be great.  Some go back right away, some are able to stay out longer...it depends on your situation/sick time.  Another option is to go back earlier, but only half time. If you don't have to do heavy lifting you can start work sooner than if you do.  Your body will tell you when you're ready.  If it's a necessity that you go back to work sooner, then you'll figure out a way to manage.  Some go back with restrictions and do a different type of work for a while.
 
Hang in there!
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

Robin62
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   Posted 11/25/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 6 days post-op.  I was not prepared for this.  Glad to have this forum for advise.  Ready to feel better, getting tired of the discomfort.  Thanks
Robin 62

dencha
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   Posted 11/25/2012 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Robin62,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah You're definitely in the right place!  I suggest you read my early recovery journal.  It'll help you realize that what you're experiencing is very normal. 
 
Unfortunately, most surgeons don't properly prepare their patients for the recovery which is challenging and quite long.  It takes a full 6 months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  Once you get past the really tough early recovery that you're dealing with now, things will gradually improve.
 
Keep in mind that your wrap is becoming more swollen by the day, and will hit peak swelling on or about the 14 day mark.  It's variable, but generally occurs between the two and three week mark.  Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better.  This is normal.
 
You've been through MAJOR surgery.  Although your outsides have just tiny incisions, your insides have been through a traumatic experience!  It's easy to forget that this major surgery has revised your upper GI tract, but indeed, it has.  It will take time for healing, as well as time for your body to adjust to the changes.
 
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow it where it takes you, the recovery will be much easier for you.  You can't rush this healing, no matter how hard you try.  If you can go with the flow, and accept what is, your recovery will be much smoother and easier to deal with.
 
Why not start your own new thread on the main page, where you can ask questions and get lots of support!  Here's the link:  GERD - Heartburn  Just click on the Post New Topic button at the top of the page.
 
Glad you've joined us!
Happy healing,
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

Post Edited (dencha) : 11/25/2012 5:23:30 PM (GMT-7)

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