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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 12/9/2012 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I am brand new to this forum. I am planning on having a nissen fundoplication done Dec. 19 - and I am wondering:

* if I will be up to visitors the day of surgery
* how soon I will feel well enough to travel
* if this will affect my ability to talk. In addition, when navigating this website, I thought that I saw a daily blog, which may answer some of my questions. Can anyone tell me where it may be? It is written by Dencha.

Thank you!

Sorry, I added your post here from a year old thread so it would be seen more and it wiped out your OP here.

Post Edited By Moderator (opnwhl4) : 12/10/2012 8:23:23 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/9/2012 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
When I woke up from the OR in recovery I was very sleepy, very thirsty, and hurting some. They told me I couldn't have anything until I was fully awake. It took me about an hour to get alert enough to get fluids and pain shot. After the shot I didn't need any more pain meds in the hospital, but I have a high pain tolerance.
I spent most of the 24 hours sleeping and drinking fluids. I had a 5 hour car ride back home the next day. I rode in the back seat surrounded by pillows and the seat belt very low on my belly. I made sure my pain medicine and nausea meds were in me before I got in the car. I wound up sleeping the whole way.
I had 5 tiny scars about 1 inch long on my belly to remind me of my bravest moment. I was terrified too, but this place helped me feel safer.

Swallowing does get tight during the first two weeks as you swell, but by week 4 you will feel wonderful again.

I'm 3 years post-op and I eat whatever I want. You just have to be careful during the adjustment phase. Once your stomach gets used to wrap you will be doing fine.

If I ever need it done again I will gladly go through it again. It's worth it.
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   Posted 12/9/2012 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kristalynn,
Welcome to Healing Well!  Here is my early recovery journal, in case you didn't run across it as you searched the forum.  It will give you an idea of what you might expect:
Good luck with your surgery!  Be sure to stick around this forum.  I found it shortly before I had my surgery nearly four years ago and stuck around to help others the way I was helped.  Joy has given you some great information!  She's an expert, and has a wealth of knowledge.  Be sure to ask any questions that come to mind.
Very best wishes!
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New Member

Date Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 12/9/2012 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Joy and Denise!
Your posts are so helpful!!
I know that everybody's experience
is different but you have given me a
ballpark idea of what to expect.

Forewarned is forearmed! I am going
to prep by making some soups and
freezing them.

I look forward to anything more you
have to say on this subject as well
as anybody else out there! And yes,
Denise, I will remain on to pass
any words of advice that I may have
following this procedure.

So, should I have visitors that first


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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 12/9/2012 11:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My parents stayed with me the first day and mom slept on the recliner that night. It helps to have someone handy to help you get up and down out of bed for walking and restroom. The "boots" they put on your legs make you feel clumsy a little.
Don't forget to the use the grab bar for getting in and out of the bed. It takes a lot of stress of your belly.
Some people get catherters when they have this surgery. My surgeon was an expert and he could get in and out so quickly that I didn't need one at all. :) My surgery lasted only an hour.

Make sure to carry some loose fitting sweats to wear home. You will not want anything binding across your belly for a few weeks.
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Regular Member

Date Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts : 74
   Posted 12/10/2012 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kristalynn

On the day after my op I was very sleepy. I remember my family coming to visit, but it was quite hazy and I'm not sure I was very coherant.

I was also very thirsty when I first woke up but was only allowed to have a moist sponge on my lips. The scars were a bit painful, and I remember feeling like I'd been punched about but otherwise the pain wasn't debilitating.

I had a catheter on the first day post op which was removed on the second. Unfortunately though, because of the swelling I wasn't able to pee (really needed to, just couldn't push) so had to be catheterised again.

I was released 2 days after my op and was OK in the car on the way home (only a 30 minute journey).

I couldn't burp after my op and still can't now 9 years on. This isn't really a problem unless I drink or eat too fast (or too much!). I was told to stay on a soft diet and had mainly soup and deserts for 6 weeks afterwards with no alcohol in that time.

At my post-op 6 week check I was told I could eat whatever I wanted again (pizza was the first thing I really wanted) but to really chew.

I hadn't fully appreciated the chewing bit until about 8 weeks after my op when I went out to a restaurant for a meal. I was keeping up with others and some of the food got stuck. This is a most unpleasant and scary feeling, and there's not much you can do until the food dislodges itself.

I now chew and eat slower sub-conciously and thankfully this rarely happens to me anymore.

I was terrified on the night before my op, but I am very pleased I wen through with it as I don't take PPI's anymore and haven't had hearburn since.

Hang in there.


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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/10/2012 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to Healing Well.

Wanted to warn you of a couple things since Les brought up the catheter. Yes you may have a catheter for a say, but it's not a sure thing. You also may have an NG tube that helps relieve pressure on the inside of your stomach. If you don't know about NG tubes, here goes. It is a tube that goes through your nose into your stomach and is connected to a cycling vacuum. This gets rid of the nasty stuff in your stomach and pressure during the first day or so.
It won't affect your breathing, but make your throat a bit sore and feel weird when you swallow. Again this is not a sure thing either. I have had an NG once with my 3 nissens and a catheter twice. The catheter for me was because my surgeries lasted so long.

This would be a good thing to ask your surgeon about so you don't wake up to any surprises.

Take care,
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Date Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 12/10/2012 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Please read my post today. It was easier than I thought it would be. Relax. In the grand scheme of your life, this is just a bump.
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