Good morning to all.
This is my third and probably last post since my surgery and I share my happy story in the hopes of giving reassurance to people contemplating this surgery but worried about it, like I was.
I had my surgery on June 20th and it was straightforward - taking the usual two hours to do. I had a minor issue with a partial lung collapse in recovery (sometimes during the repair of a hiatus hernia, which I also had done, there can be a small nick in the pleura causing a pneumothorax such as the one I had). This resolved itself over a couple of hours and I went back to my ward. The first night was a little rough but I had my morphine button to push whenever I wanted it. I spent the next day mostly resting and a good part of the second day too, because I had a bout of nausea after being given an Endone tablet. However, by day 3 I was up and doing laps of the ward and I went home day 4.
I had only the tiniest bit of pain up near my right shoulder from retained gas (the gas they pump in for the laparscopic procedure) but this also went away very quickly. I was on soft food by Day 3 post-op and tolerated this very well. I was also able to swallow tablets from Day 2 onward, which rendered the pill splitter and the mortar and pestle I had bought as a precaution unnecessary.
I spent the first week at home not doing much really except getting up for regular walks around the house and I did manage to venture out to the local shops on Day 6 post-op. I have five incisions but only one of them was annoying, the other four I couldn't even feel by the end of the first week.
I have varied my diet over the past several weeks and now include most things - I am careful to either cut everything up small or make sure I chew everything really well. So far I have not had anything get stuck above my wrap. I still avoid chunky meat (but I eat minced meat), white rice by itself or bread. My stomach has developed a sensitivity to chocolate - I can eat a very small amount eg up to 15 M&Ms but any more than that and I get rapid bloating and pain and have to take a Gas Busters pill and lie down.
I was worried about nausea but have had very few episodes of this and they were very mild episodes not requiring medication. I was also worried about 'explosive diarrhoea' but this hasn't happened either. I have a few issues with mild constipation but increasing my fibre is helping with this. I lost 7lbs in the first two weeks but haven't lost any more since. I was told flatulence would increase and it has but not dramatically. I can't burp any more and I don't feel hunger pangs at all, which is not necessarily a bad thing!
I have gotten rid of the bricks that were propping up the head of my bed and the bed is now flat for the first time in 10 years. I have halved my Nexium and aim to get off it in the next few months. I have had my follow up appointment with my surgeon who is delighted with my results and doesn't want to see me again or have me do any more tests.
At the end of the second week I was back to doing all my usual household chores including washing the car. I have been going for increasingly longer walks and, lately, little runs too.
I drink a cup of coffee in the morning and a cup of tea in the afternoon - my doctor said this amount of caffeine is absolutely fine. I went back to work (desk job) on Day 17 - I work 12 hour shifts and have coped fine with these. I'm also doing a university degree in my spare time and find I have ample energy for everything.
In short, I have turned out to be one of the very lucky people who have a trouble-free recovery and get a good result. I have no reflux or heartburn whatsoever. I remember how anxious I was prior to my surgery and I hope my story helps other people to be less anxious, if possible. My very best wishes to anyone out there who is trying to make the decision about whether to have this surgery or not and to those who are booked to have it or recovering from it.
Happy to answer any questions anyone may have.
Post Edited (Jobanje) : 7/21/2013 11:44:30 AM (GMT-6)