My loving 4 yr. Old's Surgery

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Jacobs & Stephies mom
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   Posted 3/17/2013 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. My baby boy is 4 yrs old he is having paraesophageal surgery on March 26th. Everything has happened so fast. Can someone give me some feed back of additonal questions to ask his Dr. I have done research but additional minds helping me think right now is appreciated. We are new to all this I want to be informed. Thanks

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/17/2013 12:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Jacobs mom

Welcome to Healing Well. Sorry to hear your son needs this surgery.

I have had the nissen surgery 3 times, but I don't have any direct experience with the paraesophageal surgery. We do have some members who have had that very same surgery. A few of them have been quite recently also.

From what they have posted and I have read they usually do a nissen fundo after they bring the stomach back where it belongs and close the hernia. I do have a lot of experience with the nissen, but with your so being so young I am not sure if all of it would apply. Children are so much more resilient than we think.

You want to know how many of these surgeries has he/she done and if any needing redoes. Due to them knowing he has this hernia I would say the testing has been done.

Ask the surgeon what kind of diet specifically he wants your son to be on and exactly how long for each stage. Usually the surgeons don't give very good directions for this, some do though. I was told I could eat soft food when I went home, but had to chew very, very well.
There a few problem foods. 1 is soft bread, but toast usually is OK because it chews up vs turning into a bolus. Another is solid meats. Ground meats usually are OK once allowed to have soft foods.
If he eats to fast food may get stuck at the wrap. Not a pleasant experience. Sometimes when drinking if air is gulped too the liquid may hang up until the air has been moved up.

No straws if at all possible, they introduce more air into the stomach. It's much harder to burp after this surgery and air that is normal burped out stays in the stomach has to go out the other end.

Room temp or slightly warm drinks are best. They are easier to get past the wrap. Cold drinks can cause it to tighten up and this makes it harder to get any thing past the wrap.

Why he is healing the amount he can eat each meal will be smaller because things will be swollen. If he over eats his stomach hurt.

On the weekends we usually have less people replying, but I am sure other members will be along to add some info.

Take care,
Bill
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DOGGBONES
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   Posted 3/17/2013 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Jacobs mom,
I have not had surgery so I will offer no advice. Your son is a strong brave little man, I wish him the very best!
 
You have been given advice from the best this board has to offer on nissen fundo surgery (Bill). A member named Dencha is top notch on this subject as well. If I needed advice for my own child, I would feel good in their hands.
 
I have two children that needed a major surgery and I can't tell you enough the importance of making sure the surgery is done at a childrens hospital. IMO, it makes a huge difference in the success of the surgery. Remember, in most cases if your not there already you can ask for a reference to one. 

Jacobs & Stephies mom
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   Posted 3/18/2013 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both Bill & Doggbones!!! I really do appreciate the time you both took to give me very helpful advice.

couchtater
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   Posted 3/18/2013 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck in the surgery.
You might want to make sure he's got a comfy spot to relax in and plenty to entertain him with while he recoops.
He'll probably want to sleep a lot the first few days.
I was on liquids a lot longer than others here. Just make sure to follow the diet if given to him. If no diet, then stick to liquids for 2 weeks. Then move on to soft & pureed foods for another 2 weeks. Baby food is great for this time. Think back when he was learning to eat-liquids-stage 1-stage 2-stage 3 and so forth.
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Jacobs & Stephies mom
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   Posted 3/19/2013 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank u couchtater will do!!! I appreciate the advice.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/19/2013 12:32 PM (GMT -6)   
The baby food is a great idea. Thanks joy for adding that.

Take care,
Bill
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