Any long time wrap patients here?

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bazza76
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   Posted 5/23/2013 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a wrap done about, well I am not sure actually, a few years back, maybe 7 years ago. I am 37 years old. My life is much better than it was before in terms of eating etc... Much more comfortable.
I can eat most foods, althoguh chocolate gives me reflux sometimes and some other foods. I don't take medication though, so that is good.

One symptom I have noticed though is flatulence. I tend to get it a lot. Anyone else get similar?

I have to admit, it is a bit annoying, because most of the time it is there. I think it may be related to some of my stomach lining being used up, therefore my digestive system is not what it once was.

Was just wondering does anyone have any experience of this, and if so, is there any way to at least reduce it?

PS. anyone that is new to the wrap or is being introduced, please feel free to ask any questions, I'll do my best to answer.

Regards,

Baz

bazza76
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   Posted 5/23/2013 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
also, does anyone have any issues with their ribs?
I sometimes feel my ribs are not as strong as they used to be. this was confirmed when I tried to do white collar boxing, and injured my ribs almost immediately. Going into it I already wondered about them, I just felt they were not as strong as they used to be. Then as soon as I got a decent punch in the upper rib cage over where my heart is, instant pain. I think it the operation can sometimes weaken the ribcage?

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/23/2013 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
bazza76

Welcome to Healing Well.

The extra gas is from the wrap not allowing us to fully belch as before the surgery. It has to go somewhere and only one other exit route, LOL!
I haven't noticed anything different with my rib cage though.

Take care,
Bill
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#3 on 8/24/11

bazza76
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   Posted 5/24/2013 6:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill!

I must need to belch a lot then :D although it seems I can when I need to, maybe I need to more and just don't realise it.

Is there any advice on foods that can help avoid the need to belch? Obviously I have to cut out on carbonated fizzy drinks if this is the case.
Is there a section on food here?

Thanks for the input Bill! appreciate it.

Baz

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   Posted 5/24/2013 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
bazza76

Check out the resources thread at the top of the forum. There are several threads there on post op diets and should have the info you need.
Some of the obvious ones would be beans and broccoli. Also we tend to swallow more than normal because of the reflux and it is hard to stop that habit after surgery. I pay close attention to how I swallow when I drink and try not to gulp air.
Yes burping if you can is a very good idea too.

Take care,
Bill
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   Posted 5/24/2013 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi bazza76,
I don't know what you consider a long time, but my wrap is four and a half years old.  My stomach burps itself, and at times those burps can be very productive, pre-wrap burps.  I don't make them happen, though, so it's at my wrap/stomach's whim.  When the burps aren't as big, there can sometimes be an uptick of flatulence, but I don't find it to be a big, noticeable problem.  I'm sure it's more frequent than my pre-wrapped days, but not a real problem for me. 
 
If you can burp, try Gax-X.  If your stomach is in a burping mood, it can get things going.  If you're going to eat gassy vegetables like beans, etc. try BEANO, an enzyme that helps digest them and stops the production of so much gas.  I used to use that more often when I was first wrapped.  I now eat all those gassy foods with abandon, and only sometimes do they create a noisy problem for me!
 
Glad you've joined the forum!
Take care,
Denise
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bazza76
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   Posted 5/24/2013 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies Bill and Denise! Really appreciate the input!

for so long I was thinking it was the reduction in stomach lining that was causing this. So I am now very glad I realise it is not, so I can actually do something about it.

Thanks very much for the advice. I will look out for opportunities to offer something productive back to the site!

Regards,

Baz

Baza
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   Posted 5/25/2013 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi baz,my names baz too lol. Sorry to hear your having problems again.Are you Irish,im from Northern Ireland and had nissen last year in Belfast.Where did you have your surgery? Barry.

bazza76
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   Posted 5/25/2013 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Alright Baz! :D
Pleased to meet you!
I had my surgery about 7 years ago in Tallaght Hospital.
How is your wrap working out for you mate?

Baza
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   Posted 5/25/2013 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,not good im afraid,ive had loads of problems over the year,still got reflux.Ive ended up going over to Newcastle on the mainland to get retesting done because of lack of care in Belfast.Hope they can fix it!
You've had a good run of 7 years with your wrap,im jealous.lol I was going to head down south to see a Proff.Reynolds when I was really ill after my surgery but couldn't afford it he was in St James hospital Dublin. Who done your surgery?

bazza76
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   Posted 5/26/2013 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry to hear that mate.
I am not sure the name of the professor who did the surgery to be honest. sorry about that!

Just out of interest. You had the surgery done and the wrap is in place yeah? but still, you get reflux?
Do you carry much weight by any change Baz? I remember still getting reflux for a while after. But as my weight went down, it disappeared. I rarely get it now, but I have to keep my weight down to reduce the symptoms. that for me, was the most significant difference post op. Not what I ate, but the weight I carried.

Baza
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   Posted 5/26/2013 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,no im pretty slim,ive never been a big eater.Theres something wrong with the wrap I think,or ive some problem that wasn't discovered before the surgery,no manometry was carried out,apparantly that's a must and my surgeon cut corners.Hopefully this new surgeon can sort it out.
I see you no longer need medication,thats is what im mainly looking for,the side effects are a nightmare.

Baza
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   Posted 5/26/2013 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,no im pretty slim,ive never been a big eater.Theres something wrong with the wrap I think,or ive some problem that wasn't discovered before the surgery,no manometry was carried out,apparantly that's a must and my surgeon cut corners.Hopefully this new surgeon can sort it out.
I see you no longer need medication,thats is what im mainly looking for,the side effects are a nightmare.

bazza76
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   Posted 5/27/2013 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes mate, I remember the side effects all to well. Couldn't go out and enjoy myself. I guess I am lucky the way my operation turned out. Hopefully the wrap stands the test of time!

I hope you can get yours sorted soon, and hopefully this new surgeon is better than the last one you had.

PS. I do get reflux the odd time still, but it goes quickly. Not enough to warrant of PPI's

Cindy123
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   Posted 5/27/2013 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi bazza76, have you tried probiotics.  I can swear by it.   I take one every night before going to bed.  Gas is mostly produced by undigested food.  It seems as though you are able to burp.  I also had the wrap done over two years ago.  Please check out the link below. I take this one
 
 
 
Cindy

bazza76
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   Posted 6/25/2013 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Cindy123 said...
Hi bazza76, have you tried probiotics. I can swear by it. I take one every night before going to bed. Gas is mostly produced by undigested food. It seems as though you are able to burp. I also had the wrap done over two years ago. Please check out the link below. I take this one


http://www.renewlife.com/ultimate-flora-critical-care-50-billion.html


thanks very much Cindy! I really appreciate the input! will check out the link thanks!


Cindy
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