Peoples experiences with food after nissen

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sammywalker21
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   Posted 1/26/2013 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys so all of you who've had the wrap what sort of foods did you have during the first couple of weeks after surgery I'm day 4 and bored of soup and I'm hungry lol craving some real food when my doc said stay on soft food for a week then introduce other things

What sorts of things do you introduce first?

Anything other than soup what other good soft foods are well tolerated ?

I should mention so fat swallowing has been fine (touch wood)

dencha
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   Posted 1/26/2013 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sammy,
During the first two weeks, swallowing can get dicey as the wrap becomes increasingly swollen.  This swelling peaks at about the 14 day mark, and then things gradually get better.  Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse.
 
I prepared and froze applesauce and squash.  Mashed potatoes and gravy went down well, but as my surgeon reminded me, be sure they aren't thick and lumpy.  Soft scrambled eggs work just fine.
 
Try using a crock pot to cook meat and veggies together for hours.  I figured I'd just be able to eat the very soft veggies, but the beef was very easy as well.
 
My surgeon told me that I could eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid (creamy) consistency.  Stay away from bread, but toasted it is fine.  Saltine crackers chew just fine and go well with soups.  My surgeon warned me away from steak, untoasted bread, and sandwiches.
 
I just tested foods out to see which ones chewed fully.  Take small bites and chew, chew, chew, chew.  Your mouth can be your blender and you'll get the enjoyment of chewing.  Keep a paper napkin handy and don't swallow anything that doesn't chew completely.  I had purchased Carnation Instant Breakfast, but never even opened the box.
 
I followed these rules and enjoyed eating a wide variety of things without trouble.  However, stick with the easiest choices until you get past the peak swelling point.
 
Happy Eating!
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sammywalker21
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   Posted 1/26/2013 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Scrambled eggs and toast sounds amazing lol I think I'll be good on them but might wait just a couple of days before trying anything like that just as my stomach is still tender but I can't wait to start eating again I love food lol

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   Posted 1/26/2013 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I loved eating vienna sausages, grits, applesauce, puddings, fruit juice bars, and scrambled eggs.
I just ate like a baby beginning to eat gradually adding firmer foods.
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dencha
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   Posted 1/26/2013 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Sammy,
I love food, too! That's why I was so happy when my surgeon didn't do the "liquids for two weeks" (I'm sure because of swelling), then "soft for two weeks", etc. routine.
 
Believe me, I did just fine taking very small bites and chewing my food fully.  Just don't swallow anything that doesn't chew to a liquid/creamy consistency.
 
Keep some room temp water close by.  If you like tea, a warm beverage can relax your esophagus and help things go down.
 
If something feels "stuck", relax, (there will be some spasming...painful but not a problem) and sip room temp water or very warm tea.  It'll go through the wrap.  Stay away from iced drinks, as they can cause spasms themselves.
 
Good luck!
Denise
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/26/2013 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Great info for the wonderful members.  I have not had the surgery but my husband had major abdominal surgery 2 years ago and the day they took his NG out they fed him cooked cereal for breakfast and by dinner time they gave him meat loaf, potatoes and vegetables.
 
Needless to say his system did not take well to this and he developed an ileus; an ileus is a blockage of the intestines (also called the bowel). The ileus prevents the movement of food, fluid, and gas through the intestines. The blockage is due to the lack of movement of the intestinal muscles. He was not ready to eat regular food and had to have his NG replaced etc.  What should have been a 7 day stay turned into 16 days just because they fed him to soon.
 
Go slow and you should be fine.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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sammywalker21
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   Posted 1/26/2013 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah I intend to take it bite by bite pun intended

stkitt
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   Posted 1/26/2013 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear that Sammy.....................I suspect you will be fine and one of our positive outcomes once your surgical site heals.
 
Kindly, Kitt
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drtinsac
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   Posted 1/26/2013 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Corned beef hash, good yogurt (that has probiotics and is good for digestion), ice cream, mashed potatoes.

Tomorrow I'm going to pick up some sausages or something. A fatty salty meal feels so good.
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