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Ian Victor
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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 7/27/2013 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
A couple of questions. After I have my Nissen next month, am I not supposed to sleep on my stomach or side because that will interfere with the healing process or will it just be too painful? Maybe both? Also, about how many days will I be on pure liquid until I am able to move on to soft solids e.g. apple sauce?
And one final question: What does it feel like the first time you try swallowing liquid after having the Nissen? Does it hurt, feel weird?

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   Posted 7/28/2013 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian,
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: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
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