Welcome to the Healing Well Wrapped Club! I had my Nissen in February 2009, so I know exactly what you're going through. You were very wise to find a highly experienced surgeon to do your wrap. It increases the success rate and ensures that you will do just fine!
During the first 5 weeks you experience the worst of what the wrap recovery has in store. It takes time, but you'll gradually add more and more of the foods you ate prior to surgery, and yes, you will be able to eat those things that were triggers in the past.
While the LINX sounds great, it is still a new method, and hasn't been time tested the way the Nissen has. Nissen fundoplications have been done for over 50 years, and the procedure is considered the "gold standard" for stopping reflux. You couldn't have had a better procedure.
The thing at risk when you lift very heavy weights is your repaired hiatal hernia. The hernia repair is what is keeping the wrap in place. When the hernia repair goes, so goes the wrap. I do think, especially at the stage you're in, you should be very careful about lifting.
I have heard of people who've blown out their hernia repair and therefore their wrap by very heavy lifting. There are some here on the forum, though, who are weight lifters, and you could probably look for their threads by using the google window at the top right of the page.
I have an experience with discomfort caused by lifting a very heavy box of books that really scared me. I was fearful that I'd damaged my wrap, since I experienced a sharp pain, but fortunately, after a few days it started feeling find again, and is working perfectly.
This is the thing. The HH is certainly not the only thing causing your reflux. Your surgeon wouldn't have done the wrap if it were. Think about it. The HH didn't show up during endoscopy or any testing. Therefore, it wasn't the reason the surgery was recommended. I'm certain you had all the prerequisite testing, and those things indicated that your LES was insufficient.
If you were to take down your wrap, you would be right back to the condition that sent you to surgery. Keep in mind that the type of reflux you were experiencing was not only uncomfortable, but also risky. At age 20, you have a lifetime of reflux exposure ahead of you, which is not a good thing.
Once you're fully healed (6 months to a year) you will be back to eating completely normally. Well...you'll actually have to eat more slowly and chew more fully, but you'll be eating anything you want to eat. I have nothing I can't eat, and I am able to drink beer without any problem as well. Yes, once wrapped you'll be able to enjoy those trigger foods you had to avoid! Yay!
It's tough at 5 weeks to see how great the surgery is going to be for you. Try not to project a lifetime of "handicap"...think instead of how it will free you to enjoy life (and sleep)! You'll even be able to talk and sing again!
Glad you've joined the forum! I'm sure others will be by to share their own experiences and offer their support.
Stick around...it's a great place to ask questions and be around others who understand!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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