I had my Nissen procedure back on April 30th. Because you're having an abdominal procedure involving your esophagus, your anesthesiologist will likely add anti-nausea medication to your IV drip at the end of your procedure. This is to protect your wrap as vomiting so soon afterwords will damage it.
As for the day of the surgery, you'll probably be asleep for a good hour after you're taken to recovery. From there you're taken to your room once you're awake enough to be able to talk so that the nursing staff can ensure you're well enough to be transferred out of the care of the recovery room. You'll likely be very tired the rest of the day. My procedure was at 7am and I was in my room by 1pm and I probably slept on and off most of the remainder of the day (and its probably a good idea that you do). I was given what's called Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA for short), which is basically means you control how much pain medicine you need. I had Dialudid as my narcotic and I could give myself a "shot" every 10 minutes. If I didn't need it, I didn't push the button. I found that for the first day and part of the second day I did really need the medicine and I pushed that button religiously. Mostly because I'm a big chicken when it comes to pain and didn't want to feel a thing. Once the second half of the second day rolled around I didn't need it as much and by the third day in the hospital I was off it completely only taking a liquid pain killer as I needed it.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!