Nine weeks is a little early, but you can experiment. Some sips? Yes. Several beers? Probably not. Still, everyone is different. Just be sure to listen to your body and follow its lead. I'm sure I tried some beer throughout my recovery, but I don't remember drinking a whole glass until we went on our vacation at four months. Honestly, it's hard to remember, so don't hold me to it.
I didn't journal my recovery after the early recovery time (I wish I had!), but I did find a 4 week post that I'd put on a different thread. I added it to my original journal, and I'll copy it here. It includes answers to questions I asked the surgeon at my four week follow up. It might be helpful as you make your plans.
Here's my four week post:
4 Weeks Post Op Thoughts
Just posting for all those people who are cruising the internet to learn more about the surgery as they try to make a decision:
As I've said in previous posts. If you have all the tests (I think manometry is especially important, because as you'll see in posts here and other places, swallowing problems can be a result of the surgery) and select a very experienced and competent surgeon (if you live in a reasonably large city with a good hospital system (my city is not that big--about 250,000--but has 4 hospitals, with a complex of 3 in close proximity, and a medical university) you won't have to go looking in a big medical center--you will do just fine.)
It seems as if a tight wrap (especially if coupled with swallowing problems) is the biggest issue. Perhaps with people who have had severe GERD for a long time, and have suffered esophageal strictures in the past this is an issue as well--I'm not sure. That was not the case with me.
Anyway, as of about week 4, I've been able to eat virtually anything. (I do find I still have trouble with melted mozzarella. It's not the bread of the pizza, it's the cheese. If I eat a pasta dish (crepe manicotti/eggplant roulettes, with melted mozzarella, for example, I have to remove the melted cheese first. I am not great with pasta or noodles, either. Bread is fine, though. Everything needs to be chewed to liquid...don't get me wrong. You have to be aware of your healing and be a responsible eater!)
That said, I never in a million years, thought the recovery from this surgery would be this comfortable and easy. Honestly, the many gastritis/GERD bouts I've had were FAR worse to recover from than this surgery.
I visited my surgeon at week 5, and asked him several questions:
1. I asked him how much weight I could lift…he was a comedian...
"How much could you lift before surgery?" So I guess I'm okay to use my own judgment.
(Note...I have a weak core, so this only applies to weaklings like me, but in the past year I've lifted a very heavy box filled with books twice, and each time I had definite pain at the wrap site. The second time the pain lasted for a week or so I think I could blow out my wrap lifting something very heavy, so I try to remember that and ask for help. Just an FYI.)
2. Any activity limitations?
He said that I can eat anything that I chew thoroughly. Even steak, he said, can be chewed to a liquid. On the other hand, mashed potatoes can be swallowed in a big "bolus", and cause problems.
5. Why do I feel full so quickly after eating just a small amount?
He said it's because the swelling causes a stiffness, and that stiffness makes you feel more full than you actually are. The resident I spoke to after surgery, said you lose about 15-20% of your stomach capacity with the surgery. (Actually at week seven, I am able to eat more than even last week.)
6. I asked him about the effect of coughing on the hernia repair. (I have asthma. Although it has responded amazingly to the surgery, and is MUCH better than it was before the Nissen, I had a lung infection that hadn't resolved, then last week got the flu...To make it even more fun, the tree pollen is giving me fits.)
He said that "even water can erode stone". He said that there is a cumulative effect of coughing, straining, etc., that will eventually weaken the repair. These things are unavoidable.
7. What size bougie did he use? 56 French (He uses the bougie to ensure that wrap is not too tight.)
From what the surgeon said, you should be just fine at 9 weeks. That said, everybody is different, and surgeons tend to underestimate the challenges and length of recovery.
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Post Edited (dencha) : 4/29/2013 7:38:58 AM (GMT-6)