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.
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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