I'm 3 months post nissen. Got the ok to train from my surgeon as long as I don't try to bench or squat 200 lbs (like that's gonna happen; I'm only 5'1" and 50 years old lol).I've been working with a trainer to get back in shape, but have noticed my core (abs) are much weaker than I thought. I'm taking it slow, but the area around the solar plexis (near the wrap) feels strange. Not sharp pain, but like someone punched me in the gut a few hundred times. I'm used to soreness after workouts, especially after being inactive for an extended period, but this is different. I can't seem to engage the abs in the wrap area like I used to. Does anyone have experience with core exercise after a nissen? Does the wrap change the way the core muscles engage?
I'm also wrecking my bad back from the weak core, which is why I wanted to get back to training. In addition, I swear my gut is actually swelling around the wrap area, much like an injury would swell (like a knee) the day after I work out. Anyone out there have a similar experience?