I had the surgery on July 2, at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. Here's part of a blog on another message board that I did 2 days after surgery (July 4).
Surgery was pretty uneventful.
I guess I was asleep. I was told it took about
2 hours. I was not given any
liquid of any kind for about
24 hours post surgery. Just iv fluids and oxygen. I
had a barium swallow test to verify there was no leakage or blockage before I
was allowed liquids. The hospital was very aggressive toward pain control and
gave my a self controlled morphine pump. On the few times that the pain got a
little "extra" there was no problem giving me a little extra.
My diet now is
any liquid that has a consistency thin enough to flow through a straw -- without
using a straw. Temperature extremes are uncomfortable, as is trying to drink or
swallow too much.
I'm still experiencing some diarrhea and only recently
started passing gas. Kinda the reverse of what I expected. Pain is pretty well
controlled with Tylenol but I brought home an adequate amount of liquid
hydrocodone. The problem with liquid Tylenol is that you have to drink a large
volume to get to the 1000mg level -- and large volumes are not good. It takes
4 sips to get the 2 tablespoons down. Plan ahead and get adult strength
liquid because most of what is on the counter seems to be child strength which
requires even more volume.
The pain is strange. Part if it resembles the
muscle pain from doing way too many situps. That pain that concentrates right
along the bottom of your rib cage. But there is another part that reminds me of
a time when I accidently got too close to a batter and got a hard hit in the
ribs more towards the back -- but this is on both sides. But it is tolerable.
I'm too exhausted to do anything anyway.
I need to keep working on taking
deep breaths. It's not comfortable, so there is a strong tendency to breath
shallowly. I'm assuming that the deep breathing is helpful for getting rid of
all of the CO2 they pump into you to
open up the abdominal cavity. I'm still a
little "inflated". My wife says I look like I'm about
7 months pregnant but I'm
too old and the wrong sex for that.
So, overall, the first day after surgery
is pretty much a lost day because of the anesthesia but that's to be expected.
My second day I find I'm able to move around pretty well and am learning where
the limits are.
So, fil3, sleep well and follow the directions YOUR doc gives you. There are some variations available on the internet but your doc knows you, your situation, what he did, and what will work best for a successful outcome.