Paraesophageal hernia repair with Nissen.

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Horseymama
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   Posted Today 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
On July 16, 2013 I had surgery. Today is Day 5 post surgery. I'm wondering if I need to continue to sleep on my back.
I'm still on liquids until Day 9. Then will start soft foods after that...
I have not been told to expect the swelling at the 2 week mark. I go in for my 1st check up on July 24th and will ask if I should expect swelling.
I'm taking liquid ibprofen to help with pain and reduce the inflamation from the surgery. Any input would be appreciated.

Horseymama
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   Posted 7/22/2013 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Presurgery I was short of breathe and had to really watch what I ate. Coffee caused a lot of pain and anything greasy caused severe cramping. I had severe heartburn

My stomach, bowel and half my panceas had moved into my chest cavity. This reduced my lung capacity and was putting pressure on my heart. I had a lot of ahesions.. I suspect this has been slowly getting worse and may have been goi g on for over 5 years.

Alcie
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   Posted 7/22/2013 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow mama, you sure had a bad hernia.

Anything you didn't tolerate before surgery could still be a problem. Food intolerances don't get cured by surgery. Grease sensitivity could be a pancreas problem.

Keeping a good food journal with your reactions (see many threads in the search box) will help you find which foods you can and can't eat.

I had specific food intolerances before surgery that triggered my stomach to reflux. If I eat those foods now, 4 years after surgery, I still get a sick feeling and often tachycardia.

Have you tried going off your acid reducer yet? I was allowed after two weeks. Don't do anything your surgeon doesn't OK.

I slept propped up on the couch, mostly on left side, for a couple of weeks.

Horseymama
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   Posted 7/22/2013 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie, I have not taken a prilosec since the surgery. Fearful that it will get stuck by the wrap. Today was better although I developed a 100.6 temp. I used the spirometer and the temp is down to 99.3 tonight. Still get occasional spasms where one of the tools were inserted... Hate to cough or sneeze which have happened today...experienced sharp searing hot stab which subsides as quick as it came. Can't wait to be on the other side of wellness..

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   Posted 7/23/2013 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Keep a pillow close by and hold it to your belly when you cough, hiccup, or sneeze. It really helps a lot.
Also if you have a recliner, sleeping it it for the first few weeks makes it easier to get up and down. If you stay sleeping in a bed remember to roll to your side and use your arms to push yourself up when you get out of bed. Less stress on your abs and therefore less painful getting in and out of bed.

Take care,
Bill
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Horseymama
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   Posted 7/23/2013 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou Bill....

Alcie
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   Posted 7/23/2013 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
You can open Prilosec capsules and sprinkle on applesauce. Check it out. It's on the drugs.com website.

Horseymama
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   Posted 7/23/2013 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thankyou....I will try that tonight

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   Posted 7/24/2013 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Posted by Denise:

Hi Horseymama,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah My surgeon warned me of the increased swelling, saying that my swallowing would get worse before it got better because of the swelling that would peak on or about Day 14. Some people sail through the recovery without a problem. I definitely felt the effects of swelling, though.

As far as sleeping on your stomach, I think it depends on your comfort level. Most people would probably find it uncomfortable, but if you try it and it feels okay, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't.

Good idea taking the ibuprofen...it may help with the swelling as well. I had to stick with acetaminophen because I've got a very sensitive stomach. The ibuprofen is better with inflammation in my experience.

Good luck with your appointment tomorrow!
Happy healing,
Denise turn GERD/Heartburn Moderator
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Horseymama
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   Posted 7/27/2013 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Day 11 post op... feeling alot better. No problems eating applesauce, scrambled eggs and watermelon at this point. Incisions healing...less pain when moving. No reflux...

My abdomen is still quite swollen which prevents me from wearing pants....

Still fatigued....and still to uncomfortable to sleep on my side.
Otherwise All is good

Horseymama
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   Posted 7/31/2013 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Day 15 post op....abdominal swelling going down..been using ice packs and taking ibuprofen every 8 Hours..still taking liquid form. Not at all hungry and have to force myself to eat.... Had protein drink for dinner last night and some melon. No reflux at all.

I've noticed that if I over eat (ex: 2 scrambled eggs) I will burp several times and I stop eating...prior to surgery, I rarely burped. I suspect I have a loose wrap. I have not experience or notice any swelling of the wrap

Does anyone have any suggestions how I can prevent reoccurrence of this large paraesophageal hernia? In terms of strengthening exercises for the diaphragm.

My Surgeon says no crunches, no lifting over 15 lbs and no horseback riding.(EVER) No horseback riding is a major life style change that I am not ready to change. I own 4 horses. I've been involved in showing horses for over 20 years. Friends and family trail ride for pleasure...My grand daughter (10 years old) has started her 2nd year in showing...

I have made a personal commitment to let my body heal, therefore, I will resume riding in Feb 2014. That is giving my diaphram 6 months to heal. I will watch how how much weight I lift..but 15 lbs does not seem reasonable.

I am open to suggestions and comments....

Horseymama
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   Posted 8/5/2013 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Approximately how long will it take before the pain/ache near my lower left rib subside? If I am up right for 6 to 8 hours this area starts to ache and I have to lay down. I am 3 weeks post op.....

Should I be wearing some sort of elastic support around my abdomen to reduce gravitional effects?
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