Smooth Recovery from Open Nissen

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AuntieM
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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 4/7/2013 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissen surgery 2 weeks ago tomorrow. I have been pleasantly surprised with the recovery. I had abdominal surgery 5 years that created massive scar tissue. The scar tissue necessitated a open surgery. I have had the large open incision before, but it is much easier this time.

The day of the surgery, I was up and walking. I din't get anything to eat or drink until the next night. I was so glad that I had done my research. I knew to take it easy. The Doctor had told me no Chicken, meat, bread or sodas for the first 4 months. I was put on an esophageal soft diet. The food waitress came in with a menu to get an order an demanded that I try to order chicken noodle soup or a salad! I insisted that I was not going to order meat, she stormed out of the room and went to the nurses desk. Always beware of people trying to give you the wrong food after your surgery! You can end up in alot of pain!

Anyhow, I went home after 2 days. I have been eating very lightly. I seem to be lactose intolerant. I was always sensitive, but now, it causes dumping. So much for all of the smoothies I had planned. I was so much more comfortable once the staples were removed. The swelling is gone and I have stopped the pain meds already. I had a full wrap and had the scar tissue removed at the time of the surgery as well.

dencha
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   Posted 4/7/2013 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Auntie M,
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club!  It's great to hear that your open Nissen went well and that you are having good recovery.  You are so right that researching what to expect and the do's and don'ts are key to a positive recovery experience.  Like you, the hospital put all kinds of wrong things on my tray...including carbonated beverages and straws!
 
Glad you've joined the forum.  Please keep updating us with your recovery progress.  It will be very helpful to others who stop by looking for answers.  If any questions come up, ask away!
 
Happy healing!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/7/2013 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
AuntieM

Welcome to the wrapped club via open surgery!

My last redo was an open surgery and was easier for me to recover from than my previous 2 lap nissens.

Oh how I hate those dang itchy staples!

Take care,
Bill devil
opnwhl4
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
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AuntieM
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   Posted 4/18/2013 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I continue to have a great recovery. Today, just 3 weeks + 3 days after my surgery, I was able to return to my water aerobics class. Mind you, I modified my exercise and took it easy. I skipped any abdominal exercise also. But it felt great to be moving and out and about! 4 more days and I am off of the soft diet. I can't wait to add in some more substantial food. But, I had been very careful to follow the Doctors orders.

Fight On!

dencha
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   Posted 4/20/2013 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi AuntieM,
That's great to hear!  Thanks for sharing your positive experiences.  As you know there are many on the internet sharing negative ones, so it really helps to have positive posts like yours!  Keep updating your recovery experiences!  it will help others who are looking for answers.
Happy healing,
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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