I had my Para esophageal hernia and full Nissen surgery on 10.31.12 and outside of a few things feel great. Half of my stomach was next to my heart. The first 2 weeks where really hard on me. I was nauseated most of the time and dehydrated. It was really hard to keep drinking enough fluids. My surgeon said that the longer I could take to getting back to eating normally the better. So I stayed on liquids for over 2 weeks and then on soft foods for at least 4 weeks.
The NG tube was not as bad as I feared. It was only uncomfortable and weird feeling when coming out. All I did was sleep and take 2 nausea meds and liquid percocet for 2 weeks after. I didn't visit with people very much when they came over and just didn't feel like it at all.
I few issues I have, I can't burp or vomit (just dry heaves) I get nauseated every time I try adding a new food to my diet. I get tons of gas and bloating feeling. I usually have nausea 4 or 5 times a week at least still I hope this gets better. No one told me that I would have those problems on-going after surgery. BUT on the plus side on Christmas I was feeling so good I was able to run with and play and carry my 2 grandsons 1 yr and 2.5 yrs without pain, dizziness, or exhaustion. I have to keep remembering to eat slow, small and chew, chew, chew otherwise it just comes right back up. I drink as much water or juice as possible. I also to keep up with nutrition drink at least one instant breakfast everyday.
I feel 100% better, even though the surgeon said I should continue to take my protonix. I have not had to have ONE tums and have had NO acid reflex since. I breathe easier, my heart feels better. The doctors think that this surgery has also stopped my internal bleeding that they could not find for years.
I have enjoyed reading and getting information from people who have gone thru this, because doctor's don't tell you everything,