Almost 4 weeks post op Nissen Fundaplication

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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 5/26/2013 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Just thought I would post my positive experience so far with the surgery.  I, like others who had the surgery suffered for years with horrible reflux.  Food would not stay down, bitter taste in mouth, many days what I ate just came all the way back up.  So after many tests and much investigation I decided to have the surgery.  That was 3 1/2 weeks ago.  To my surprise I woke up feeling okay.  No gas, no pain (except for my throat which was caused by the endotracheal intubation).  The next morning still feeling no pain, I walked all around the hospital floor.  In the morning I was given a breakfast tray of liquids.  about an hour later I received a tray that contained eggs, oatmeal, pancakes and coffee.  I told the nurse it was my understanding from what I had read that I would be on a liquid diet for at least the first week.  She advised me that my doctor had approved a regular diet.  Shortly after (tray still sitting there, untouched as I was afraid to eat anything), my surgean walked in and I asked him about tray.  He told me I could eat anything I wanted to as long as I ate slowly and chewed my food very well.  He did tell me not to eat bread or drink soda, or sip through a straw.  Other than that there were no restrictions, including having a glass of wine or a cocktail.
My first three weeks have been uneventful.  I returned to work after 10 days (I don't have a desk job, and work on my feet for 12 hours)  I haven't felt excessively tired and since I no longer have GERD, think I have more energy. 
Today for the first time since my surgery I have some discomfort which I attribute to gas and healing. 
I'm ready to resume all my normal activities.  I've already started swimming and hope to go scuba diving in another week or so.   For me the surgery has been less painful than having a root canal at the dentist.  By the way, I'm what's referred to as a "senior citizen" but fortunately have been blessed with excellent health.

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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 5/26/2013 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scubasue,

I had my surgery just over 4 weeks ago as well and my experience has been mostly positive too. I did have some trouble during week 3 (this last week), lots of nausea, bloating, and gas. I ate very little all week as everything I ate, including liquids (as I tried going back to my liquid diet for a couple of days) would cause severe nausea. Thankfully I never threw anything up but I spent almost the entire week sleeping since I had no energy from not eating. Thankfully I started feeling better on Friday (2 days ago) and have been able to eat pretty well since then with minimal discomfort. Some anti-nausea medication prescribed by my surgeon helped me through the worst of the nausea.

I would just be careful with any lifting/pushing of heavy objects for a while yet, especially if your surgeon repaired a hiatal hernia for you. The internal stitches used to repair the diaphragm can tear if too much stress/pressure is applied, from what I understand. Glad your recovery has been going well so far. It's always great to hear from people who have positive/uneventful surgeries and recoveries. Thanks for posting.

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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 5/27/2013 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Scubasue, I'm also glad to hear from someone else who has had little pain or discomfort since surgery. I am only 12 days post op but am doing extremely well...I am also in the senior age group...67yrs of age....this was the main concern before surgery. But I have been great most of the time since except for a couple of days of nausea...I think a positive attitude helps a lot...I am also a Christian and my faith also has been of great help....Happy healing!!


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   Posted 5/27/2013 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear lots of success stories. Out of interest, were any of you still getting symptoms on max dose PPIs before you had the op?
Anxiety, Depression, Hiatus Hernia? (different tests have disagreed), Esophageal Hypersensitivity

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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 5/27/2013 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I was taking 40mg Omeprazole before my surgery and while it mostly controlled the day to day heartburn I used to have, I would get very bad episodes of regurgitation at night. Food and stomach fluids would creep up my esophagus and then trickle into my lungs, causing extremely painful burning in my chest. The Omeprazole didn't do anything for that. I have been off the Omeprazole since the night of my surgery and have had no more regurgitation/aspiration episodes and only very minor "heartburn", which I think has been from the wrap healing rather than actual reflux.
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