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neil_12
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   Posted 4/25/2013 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I had laprocopic fundo surgery monday... I am still experiencing symptoms of reflux in the back of my throat.. I have been kept on my reflux meds ... is any of this common.. neil_12

dencha
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   Posted 4/25/2013 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi neil_12,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah You're in the midst of the toughest time post-op, so hang in there.  My surgeon explained to me that "at that stage of recovery" anything can happen.  Might you have some reflux making it through a swollen, misshapen wrap?  Sure.  However, it's much more likely that you're experiencing pain.  I was told that the esophagus is a "dumb organ" that interprets all pain as reflux.  Therefore any surgical pain or irritation is sent to the brain as a "reflux message".  I remember being frightened that those reflux sensations meant that my surgery was a failure.  Don't worry.  It's normal.  My surgeon also kept me on reflux meds.  It helps protect the healing wrap and keeps you more comfortable during the early recovery. 
 
If you're taking medication, be sure to sip and swallow plenty of liquid afterward.  Medication, sitting at the wrap site, can be very irritating to the esophagus.  Keep in mind that your wrap will become increasingly more swollen during the first two weeks, peaking on or about Day 14 or so.  Don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better.
 
Here's a link to my early recovery journal.  Ignore the asthma/lung references.  I had the surgery to protect my lungs from reflux.  If you look past those references you can get an idea of one person's "normal" recovery. 
 
Glad you've joined the forum.  It's a great place to ask questions and get support from others who've gone through the same recovery you're experiencing.
Happy healing!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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"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 4/25/2013 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
neil_12

Welcome to Healing Well and our Wrapped Club!

It is common to have these symptoms early on in recovery. Things may get a bit worse for the next 2 to 3 weeks as the area swells. While the wrap area is swollen it doesn't work quite properly, but gets better as the swelling goes down.
Some doctors keep their patients on PPIs for a few weeks after surgery because of this. This recovery can take 6 months or more before everything is fully healed. Remember you had major surgery and your stomach was cut loose, stretched, pulled, and wrapped so things will take longer to heal inside than what your incisions do.
Be sure to chew your food to a liquid state and eats small(1/4 to 1/2 cup) meals frequently through out the day. You will feel full a lot quicker than you did before until things heal.

Take care,
Bill
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neil_12
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   Posted 4/25/2013 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise... thanks for your reply... all of the info was really helpful. I called my Dr. and told him about the reflux symtoms. He said it would take time to get over it,,, but that I shouldn't be to concerned with it. I am dealing with the pain in shoulders and chest from the gas.. but walking around the apt. seem to help that. I am beginning to realize that this is a long process and that patience is required. My older sister had the open surgery done in 1992.. aaggggg... that was so much more difficult than this is... I am sure..

Take care neil_12

opnwhl4
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   Posted 4/26/2013 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   
neil_12

You may find this weird, I do, but I had an open surgery for my last redo and it was far easier recovery for me than my 2 lap nissens. Crazy I know, but that was my experience and if I need another redo I am going to ask for it to be done open again.

Take care,
Bill
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Nissen 6/06 and 5/09
#3 on 8/24/11

dencha
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   Posted 4/26/2013 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi neil_12,
This surgery is definitely challenging, but it's much more manageable that I feared.  I was prepared for much worse, which ended up being a good thing. 
 
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you'll find it much easier to deal with.  People who struggle against what is, and try to rush things, become frustrated and unhappy.  It is what it is.  Just go with the flow, and you'll do just fine.
 
Glad you've joined the forum!
Take care,
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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