I found that after my Nissen, sleeping on my stomach or side were very uncomfortable. In fact, I felt better sleeping on a wedge, with a little elevation. It's strange, but for about two years, whenever I slept on my side, I'd awaken suddenly with a sharp pain at the wrap site. It went away as soon as I turned on my back.
Now, though (4+ yrs. post op) I can sleep on my side without a problem. I guess I'd say listen to your body. I can't believe it's going to find sleeping on your stomach comfortable. Be sure to ask your surgeon if there's a medical reason for sleep position. I suspect it's all about comfort, but I'm not sure.
How does it feel swallowing for the first time post op? I do remember that moment well. Here's how I described it in my first post on the forum:
Once back in the room I just dozed on and off with the morphine. I didn't have any adverse effects from that, either. My swallowing wasn't as good in the beginning...little sips. As time went on, my swallowing got quite normal (water only), but I tried to be careful not to overload my stomach.
I think I remember my swallowing being a little spasmy. Read through my early recovery journal, and you'll see some descriptions of swallowing issues early post-op: https://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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