3rd Day Post Op Nissen Fundoplication

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   Posted 12/3/2012 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my procedure on Friday morning, stayed over at the hospital until Sunday.
They seem to be advancing me on the diet pretty quick.
They had me on ice chips Friday, Clear liquids Saturday, and Full liquids Sunday.
The doctor suggested a tried a bit of scrambled eggs chewed really well on Monday morning.

I see some sites recommend clears for the first week, and fulls for the second.
Have others advanced their diets this quick? I don't want to move this fast unless it's acceptable.

Thanks, Mike.

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   Posted 12/3/2012 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 18 days post NF and they had me having very sloppy mash the day after the op whilst I was still in hospital. It sounds right for what I have been told.

All the said to me really was to keep food sloppy for 6 weeks. I'm OK if I do that and chew and chew. If I forget I do get a fair bit of pain.

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   Posted 12/3/2012 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I started some solids well chewed in the second week supplemented with Ensure, my doc said no restrictions. after three weeks I could eat almost anything in small portions. I'm 33 days out and am eating solid food s well. Yesterday I ate an hard pretzel without a water chaser. Swallowing becomes easier after the second week as the swelling goes down. My advice, moderation is the key and take a walk 5 to 15 minutes after each meal. Gasex helps quiet the air bubbles you swallow.

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   Posted 12/3/2012 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
1. Chew to a liquid always
2. Your swelling will peak by day 14 making swallowing harder.
3. Avoid raw veggies and fruit
4. Avoid bread, mash potatoes, and tough meats

My doctor was very strict on me.
1. liquids for two weeks
2. soft & pureed foods for the next two weeks
3. slowly add firmer foods as you can handle saving bread, raw veggies, raw fruits, potatoes, and tough meats for last.
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   Posted 12/3/2012 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a week post operation. I stayed one day in the hospital and while there I was just one clear liquids. The doctor saw me in the afternoon and gave the a-ok for me to have soft foods. So I had a pudding and it was heaven! So this last week I have been doing lots of scrambled eggs, cream of wheat with protein powder, refried beans, pudding, ice cream, yogurt, smoothies (lots of those with as many fruits and veggies I can get in), mash potatoes, soups and stuff like that. I have not had any issues unless I get a bit lazy and do not chew enough or take to big of a bite or swallow. The only thing my doctor told me was no bread or meat. So I have stuck to that and used common sense and small bites!

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   Posted 12/3/2012 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
With all 3 of mine I was released on soft foods and told to advance when ever I wanted, but to avoid soft bread and solid meat for 8 weeks. I could eat ground meat though and toast.
I know Denise was also told basically the same diet I had also.

Take care
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   Posted 12/5/2012 3:30 AM (GMT -6)   


Sticky foods like rice and pasta have a nasty habit of coalescing even after chewing/swallowing and can cause a blockage which is not a pleasant sensation.  9 years on from my Nissen this still happens to me if I eat this type of food too quickly.

I'd recommend avoiding this type of food in your early recovery.


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   Posted 12/5/2012 7:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi OpTiCz,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club.  As you can see we've got quite a few experienced members who are happy to provide information and support.  You're in a great place to get information and help from others who've "been there, done that". 
As far as diet recommendations from your doctor, they sound just fine.  As you'll hear, surgeons vary widely in their recommendations for eating.  Mine was one that was very liberal, and I'm thankful for that.  When your doctor sets you free to advance your diet at your own rate, it requires more responsibility on your part, but it can be a much more enjoyable way to recover.
Here's a link to my early recovery journal:
It should help you get an idea of what you might expect.  As Joy said, your wrap will become increasingly more swollen over the next two weeks, so you'll want to be sure that you eat tiny bites and chew, chew, chew, until whatever you're eating is a "liquid"/creamy consistency.  Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better.  Once you reach peak swelling it will begin to subside again and you're on your way to recovery!
Toasted bread is easier to chew to a liquid than untoasted.  Avoid that for 8 weeks or so.  Only eat things that can be chewed to a liquid.
Hang in there...you're in the roughest part of recovery.  It gets better!
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you'll find it much easier.  Go with the flow, and accept what is.  You can't rush this.  Your body will heal and recover at its own pace.  The more you accept that, the easier your recovery will be.
Happy healing!

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