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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 6/23/2013 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm just home from hospital after my Nissen Fundoplication surgery and hiatus hernia repair last Thursday. I'm very glad it's over and happy to report I'm feeling reasonably well.  I stayed the full four nights in hospital that my surgeon wanted me to stay, made easier by having my own room, and have taken things very easy.
I had some issues with oxygen desaturation in the recovery room but this resolved itself after a few scary utterances from the hordes of people gathered around me such as "let's get an emergency chest x-ray, I think it's a collapsed lung, is there a bed available in I.C.U?" and I finally went back to my original room, hooked up to a morphine p.c.a.
The first thing I noticed was that I had no pain from residual gas and that I was not nauseous.  I was so grateful for those two things!  I did a lot of sleeping on Friday, and didn't leave my room at all.  By Saturday morning I had had enough of the p.c.a and was taking oral fluids adequately so asked for the i.v to be removed and it was.  I was then given an Endone capsule (I had no difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules from the day after surgery) which unfortunately made me nauseous so I asked for help and was given a Zofran wafer.  Several more hours sleep and the wearing off of the Endone, and I felt fine again.
I have eaten very little - mostly because the pureed food was really unappetising and I find my appetite has disappeared anyway, no hunger at all.  I'm looking forward to getting more fibre in my diet.  My back is sore from lots of lying down but staying upright for long periods makes me very tired. 
I would say, so far so good! My surgeon is happy with how it all went, so far there's no dumping or explosive diarrhoea I was worried about - I'm just sore and tired.  But I have not heartburn or reflux and hope I can get off the medication eventually completely. I have two weeks before I go back to my desk job but will take longer if I need to.
Fingers crossed I stay this o.k and I hope this allays any fears future wrappers might be having.

Teeth cleaner
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   Posted 6/24/2013 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jen!
So glad you made it through surgery
with no major complications! I'm
following your recovery and sure hope
you post a recovery journal. You are
in my prayers!

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   Posted 6/24/2013 3:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats, wishing you well on your recovery
GERD Moderator; Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough) ; Gluten free since 2012; low dairy since 2012

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   Posted 6/24/2013 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jen,
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad to hear you're wrapped and out of the hospital!  Now you can concentrate on healing and a better quality of life in the future.  Out of curiosity, what was the reason your surgeon wanted you in the hospital for four days?  The majority of surgeons release their patients the next day. 
Your appetite won't be great for a while, if you're anything like most post-op patients.  Your stomach has been stretched and wrapped and stitched, and it's not happy with you right now.  It takes time for it to heal and start feeling like its old self. 
Did you surgeon tell you that your wrap will become increasingly more swollen over the next two weeks?  Generally, its normal for your swallowing to become worse over that time, then to begin to improve after peak swelling has passed.
If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you will do fine.  You can't rush this recovery.  Your body will take its own sweet time to heal, and if you can accept that, you'll do just fine.  Go with the flow and listen to your body. 
Glad to hear you're home!
Happy healing!
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09

"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.”
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   Posted 6/24/2013 9:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Glad to hear you're on the mend! I was in the hospital a few days longer than expected as well as I also had breathing issues post-surgery. Turns out there was a small nick in the pleura that caused a slow leak of sorts and collapsed my right lung requiring a chest tube plus some additional bleeding that had to be controlled through two extra ports than were expected. I have 8 bullet holes altogether! The worst is over though. As Denise said, surrender to your recovery. "Go with your gut" and don't push it. The swelling at the wrap site will get worse before it gets better and your appetite will recover little-by-little. A small price to pay for no more reflux and acid pain, lemme tell ya. The port in on your left side, just under your ribs, will be the most sore as that's where the surgeon did most of the work so expect that one to be especially sore when you sneeze or cough.

Happy healing!
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!

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   Posted 6/25/2013 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise and Tony,
Thanks for your replies.  I promise you I am taking life very easy indeed and will absolutely listen to what my body tells me.  Denise, my surgeon always wanted me to stay in for three or four nights - that was planned - he likes to be completely sure that patients are able to cope with pureed food and are feeling strong enough, especially those going home alone.  I was glad of the extra time - I felt confident enough to leave after four nights.  Two years ago I had a hysterectomy in the same hospital and insisted on leaving much earlier than my doctor wanted (different doctor, obviously) and paid for it with a very rough recovery indeed.  Last night I was so glad of my comfy bed and of the rubber egg-shell overlay I bought for it last week, and even managed to sleep on my stomach after four uncomfortable nights on my sides or back in hospital.  I am just taking paracetamol every six hours for the discomfort and doing ok.  I have 20 Zofran wafers, 10 of which are in my hand bag and will remain there always.  At work, if I feel nauseous, I am surrounded by injectable Zofran (Ondansetron) and no shortage of people who can administer it, including myself so I'll be ok there. 
So far I have managed small meals, very small, of stewed apple I prepared before surgery and froze, tinned fruit, plain biscuits dunked in tea and a plain one-egg omelette last night.  I've dropped 2.4kgs since Thursday (a bit over 5lbs) but can well afford this.  In hospital I had issues with constipation but since coming home and actually having some fibre in my diet, I now have issues in the opposite direction, if you get my meaning but it's not violent or particularly crampy etc.
My surgeon said avoid bread for at least six weeks, also chunky meat and white rice by itself.  I plan to avoid anything like these things for longer than that, I want to give this wrap and my poor stomach plenty of time to heal before I bombard it with anything difficult.
I've had occasion to cough a few times, but only gently and I'm trying to do it carefully.  That should be ok, shouldn't it?
I'm looking forward to being healed and putting my bed flat and getting off the medication, that will be a glorious day but I will be patient and not rush it.  Any further suggestions or advice will be so much appreciated - I'll admit to being a bit nervous presently.  Thank you again,
Jen blush
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