How long before you can eat and drink normally after fundoplication

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   Posted 12/23/2012 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Basically what it says in the title also how long before I would be back to normal I think I'm going to have to have the op but am worried about how much more of my life it's going to take up I just qualified as a personal trainer and haven't been able to train or work since due to always feeling horrible and am worrying how long before I can get back in the gym and just have a normal life help much appreciated as always

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   Posted 12/23/2012 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
You need to stay with liquid or pureed foods until the swelling goes down inside (about 3 weeks). No lifting over 5 lbs or stomach crunches for 6 weeks. Then slowly increase weight lifted.
You can walk all you want just be careful of running until the 6 weeks are up.
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   Posted 12/23/2012 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sammywalker,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I found this forum at about the time I was trying to make a decision as to whether or not I should have the surgery.  I'm happy to say I had it in February 2009 and have been very happy with the results.
Your surgeon will be the best one to talk to about when and how much you can do in the gym.  There are quite a few gym enthusiasts here, and there's actually a weight lifting post-Nissen thread you could check out.
Here's a link to one of those threads:
As far as eating normally, it's a gradual process and there's not a specific time I can tell you. I do remember that we went on vacation after the 4 month mark, and we ate out nightly.  I was able to eat anything I wanted, however I had to eat more slowly and chew carefully.  I still chew my food thoroughly.
Here is my early recovery journal. It'll give you an idea of what the first few weeks of recovery look like:
Again, glad you've joined us.  Good luck with you decision!
Best wishes,
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