For some reason, surgeons don't realize how easy it is to get nausea with an irritated stomach, and how easy it is to catch a virus! You will need to advocate for yourself. I got anti-nausea drugs from both my surgeon and my PCP.
My PCP gave me Compazine suppositories, as he knew my stomach well and figured they were a better option for me. My surgeon gave me Zofran. The Zofran works great for nausea that comes and goes, but in my experience, once I have a stomach bug, I can't keep the Zofran in my stomach long enough for it to work. The Compazine works great once I'm really sick.
I've had three vomiting bugs since my surgery, and while I didn't know if I'd be able to vomit, I found I could. Each time, though, I took Compazine immediately, and only threw up once. Even if you can vomit, it's still better not to, so I always carry anti-nausea drugs with me wherever I go.
Any surgeon worth his salt knows that retching and vomiting during recovery can damage a healing wrap. Therefore, it shouldn't be all that hard to get the drugs prescribed. If he/she doesn't get it, try your PCP, who likely knows you better.
I was also able to burp immediately after my surgery and never had a lot of bloating issues. Sometimes, during the early healing stage the wrap swells so much that it doesn't allow a release of gas. Once the swelling subsides (it peaks at around Day 14 for most people), the bloating subsides as well. During the healing stage, stay away from straws (I still do) and carbonated beverages (I can drink them now, but only ever have a couple servings).
After the surgery you won't be able to initiate burping the way you do now...your stomach will be in control of when and how much it burps. Once you're healed (provided your surgeon doesn't do the wrap too tight) you will find that your stomach can keep the gas at bay on its own (often I get big, old-fashioned burps, but I'm not the one who makes it happen), as long as you don't eat or drink something that is so gassy it gets ahead of the stomach's ability to get rid of it.
In that rare instance, the gas pushes against the wrap so hard that it won't allow the little gas-escape burps. In that case you'll have to grin and bear it, and wait for the gas to make it through your lower GI tract and escape the back door. Overall, though, if you have a good surgeon who is extremely experienced in doing Nissen surgeries, you should have very little gas bloating issues.
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Post Edited (dencha) : 5/13/2013 9:31:42 AM (GMT-6)