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stucowley
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   Posted 3/15/2013 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Afternoon all.

Surgery went fine this morning went into theatre just before 9, before I knew it was asleep and waking up, didn't feel a thing :). Was moved back to ward and was asleep till half 12ish then till half 2.

I'm not in much pain just a bit sore round an incision but been given paracetamol and condine Nd that seems to have done the trick.

I am able to burb, is that a good sign ? I've had no problem swallowing water I'm guessing that's a good sign ?

Cheers all :)

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/15/2013 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the wrapped club!

Being able to burp is an added bonus. Swallowing doesn't really start to be as issue until a couple weeks out, sometimes a bit sooner depending on how your body reacts. This is when the swelling is the worst. Don't worry if this happens as it is a normal part of the healing process.

Take it easy and rest up.

Take care,
Bill devil
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eLaReF
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   Posted 3/15/2013 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Wahey!

Nice one Stu, glad everything went well.

I'm a bit surprised that you have been given water and solid tablets so soon though?

I wasn't allowed any water until late evening on the day of my op (I was first in too) and my surgeon told me I couldn't have normal pain pills as my stomach wouldn't be able to absorb them properly for a while after the op - I had morphine on day 1 and suppositories for the next 2 days while I was in hospital!

Were you catheterised? My first problem after the op was trying to pee again as because of the strain on my abdominal muscles during the op I couldn't squeeze and had to be re-catheterised.

The burping could be because your wrap has been purposely built to be a bit loose and from comments from others on the thread, this may be now becoming the standard procedure.

You're over the worst bit, just take it easy now.

Did you get any new playstation games to start on when you get out?

Hang in there.

Les.

stucowley
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   Posted 3/15/2013 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies :)

I was given a choice between water or tea didn't feel up to a cuppa tho, I was told I'm allowed 3 cups of water today. They even givens a straw which I found strange, I've not used it like.

I wasn't Cathetrised, I was dreading that to be honest.

The nurses have came and showed me what was on the menu for tea, my surgeon told me to stick to liquid today I think I'll have to ask the nurses when I see them.

Aye I've got a few new ones les :) should keep me occupied for a while :)

Geripie
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   Posted 3/17/2013 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I'm 2 weeks post nissens :) recovering very slow as I feel very nauseous after eating. I have had three noticeable bouts of reflux since. This was a surprise as I was not expecting it. I can make tiny burps but think they are more esophageal burps than stomach burps. Scars are still very tender and a lot of dark bruising. A rather large bruise appeared this morning just below and to the right of my belly button, has anyone had a mysterious bruise?

After surgery i was on intravenous pain relief for three days and oxygen for four days as my blood pressure and says dropped. Strange as my blood pressure would be generally average or a bit high.

I have also had a terrible bout of depression which I was not expecting. I'm not a depressive person in general so this has hit me hard.

I have lost about 10kg or more the last two weeks, not worried about weight loss as I can afford to lose it. Swallowing is not too bad but it kind of backs up and I have to walk around or drink some water to get it to drop . Still feeling bit weak when I walk a distance and break out in a sweat when I eat. But I guess this is all normal.

But why do doctors and surgeons not tell you all of these things? Is it that they have done their bit with the surgery and the rest is up to you?

stucowley
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   Posted 3/18/2013 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
how would you distinguish between esophageal burps and stomach burps?

ive not really ate much since friday (op day) ive been out for walks on a morning and evening they seem to help with the bloating.

Geripie
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   Posted 3/18/2013 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
For me a stomach burp is a good old fashioned belch. A esophegal burp is shallow like a bubble in my windpipe because of food going down.

Great on the walks it must help with the gas. I can do a short distance then feel weak and have to sit down. Are you finding it difficult to eat many small meals? Took me a week to get to eat a bit more but still not eating enough.

How long did they keep you in? Seems very short time if your op was on Friday gone.

stucowley
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   Posted 3/18/2013 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I can do the smaller burps then, but I'm guessing that's a good sign ?

I feel tired after walks I have to rest for a long time afterwards but they help with the gas so I don't mind :) I manage 3 meals a day but find it hard to snack in between (6 small meals a day instead of 3 big meals)

I was just in overnight :)

Geripie
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   Posted 3/19/2013 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Any burp is good in my book :) better out than in! I know what you mean with the snacks I get full very quick but determined to get more calories in today. Not sure if you find this useful but I downloaded a little app called my fitness pal, you can work out your calorie intake and record your exercise and food diary. Has shown me I'm definitely not eating enough calories.

I was in for four days was not a nice experience as no single room available so I was in a four bed ward with a 93 year old woman beside me who roared day and night God love her, not her fault. But for me it was not restful at all :)

stucowley
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   Posted 3/19/2013 5:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I'll have a look at that app, i know I'm not taking enough calories in, I've lost about 10kg since Friday.

I was quite lucky I was in a 5 bed ward all on my own, the nurses didn't really know much about the procedure due to them given me a straw to drink with and offering me food while I was in there.

eLaReF
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   Posted 3/19/2013 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stu

Glad you're on the mend.

You really need to feedback the bit about the straw and food to the hospital - looks like they put you on a general ward with nurses who were not made aware of your requirements.

I'm guessing they sent you to Bishop Auckland to take the strain off Darlington and Durham Hospitals, but if they aren't prepared to take patients with complex procedures such as a Nissen this does represent a patient risk and they need to know this.

I've added the link to the Trusts website below, and I think you should add a concern - as patients less informed than you might not know the above would be bad for them.

http://www.cddft.nhs.uk/patients-visitors/your-experience-counts.aspx

Hope you're enjoying the new PS3 games, I'm well into the new Skyrim DLC at the minute and can highly reccommend it!

Cheers.

Les.

stucowley
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   Posted 3/19/2013 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Afternoon Les.

thanks for the link and i have emailed them to voice my concerns.

my recovery is a lot better than i had planned for it to be, i think my stomach is starting to swell but thats about it, i have stopped all my pain medication (paracetamol and codeine), today is my first day without them.

Since my procedure i have taken one lanzoprazole tablet, that was because my surgeon told me to take a reduced dose of them, the days i have not took them i have had no heartburn, so touch wood the wrap is doing its job.

do you have a ps3? my gamer-tag is just my username on here if you want to add me :)

cheers

stu

Geripie
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   Posted 3/19/2013 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
It's amazing how much weight you can lose so fast. Hopefully we will settle down. :)

stucowley
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   Posted 3/19/2013 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Ill just be happy once my stomach goes back to normal it's still bloated 4 days after surgery, I've walked for 40 minutes every day.
I look pregnant haha

eLaReF
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   Posted 3/20/2013 3:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I lost about 20 pounds just after my op. Sadly though they have all come back and have brought their friends in the years since.

I remember a general lack of energy being the only problem I had in the weeks after my op due to the reduced calorie intake.

You will at some point get food stuck in your wrap as you get used to eating again. It can be pretty uncomfortable but it does pass so there's no need to panic - which is exactly what I did the first time this happened to me as my surgeon hadn't warned me about it at all.

I do have a PS3 stu, but I'm mainly a PC gamer. My gamer-tag is the same as my username here too - if you have a PC I'd recommend World of Tanks which is free-play and is taking up all of my spare gaming time at the moment.

Cheers.

Les.
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