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   Posted 3/7/2013 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i never actually posted to any of these forums just read the questions and the answers, but today i have some questions. I am going for the Nissan surgery shortly and reading some of the comments on this forum is got me a little scared. My question is what should i really expect after the surgery? What is the best way to get through this? Does anyone have suggestions on the eating afterwards or the sleeping situation, because i notice people stating they slept in there recliners and i don't think i could do that, it is uncomfortable for me now to sleep like that. If anyone has any suggestions i would appreciate it.


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   Posted 3/7/2013 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, believeinyou.

Don't get too scared by our posts. Most of us only post when we have a problem. A lot of the replies though, are really positive. If you need the surgery, then there's not much to do but get it. I was terrified before my surgery, really happy after I got it. We're not doctors, so you're reading our personal experiences.

Some people take a long time to recover after the surgery and some only days or weeks. I was one of the long timers, but I had a huge hiatal hernia.

There should be information on just about everything in the locked threads at the top of this forum. You can also put some keywords in the search box at the top of the page. One of the diets is at Ask your doctor. You'll probably get a printed diet when you go home. I wanted to know beforehand so I could stock up on food in advance because I wouldn't be driving to the grocery store for a while.

I spent a couple of nights with some pillows on my couch. I had no reflux. I had none of the symptoms of my hernia. I was just uncomfortable in general. Your doctor will prescribe pain medications just before you go home. I couldn't swallow pills so I got liquids, but I couldn't swallow pills well before the surgery. Most people are OK with pills. You might want to get a pill crusher beforehand - but ask your doctor(s) about crushing your meds!

Spend some time reading. It relieved my anxiety to know exactly what was going on and finding that most people feel way better afterwards.

Best wishes, and keep posting your questions.

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   Posted 3/7/2013 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm with Alcie, try not to be too scared. If you have a good surgeon and have been told this is an option for you after the tests then go for it.
It can't be all that bad if I have done it 3 times. I am not the normal case though, actually I am a very unusually case.
Here is my boring story if you want to read it.

Here is another mod's, Denise, journal of recovery.

Take care,
Bill devil
Moderator: GERD/Heartburn
Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
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   Posted 3/8/2013 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
well reading these posts are very helpful, at first i thought that i could just take a few days off of work. I thought that i could have the surgery on Thursday and be back at work on Monday. But from these posts i figured wrong. I didn't want to use my vacation time on this because i was hoping to use it to go visit family in June. still a little scared but i was also scared when i had my hysterectomy four years ago. That worked out OK. opnwhl4 i did read your post and wow, no offense but i hope all that does not happen to me. The surgeon i have comes highly recommended and i was told that he does this surgery all the time, so i hope they are all right about him. One of my bosses at work had him as a surgeon and he also says that he is great.

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   Posted 3/8/2013 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello guyz

I had my nissin almost two weeks ago because of the hiatal hernia i had. Alhamdolillah this r getting better each day and i can feel the difference! However, im suffering now from the feeling of food being stuck in my esophagus! I feel the stomach hole is tight! Does that take time to go away? I cant have food with regular bite size now ! Any advice?

Life is Good to me
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Date Joined Feb 2013
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   Posted 3/9/2013 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Try not to be afraid. Trust in your surgeon, go in knowing what to expect & ask your doctor any questions you have that are not something you expected. I am on my 3rd day pre-op & things are great. Yes, I am a little sore where the incisions are but my swallowing has gotten much better than what it was the first day after surgery. My doctor told me to take in slow when eating or drinking & that's what I do. I have only had liquids or very soft food like rice pudding & poached egg, but I am happy with that for now. The best part is that I have no chest pain constantly or burning in ,y throat - I notices those improvements immediately. I wish you the best & good luck w/your surgery.
NF on 3/06/13
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