Anterior Fundo & Hernia Repair Thursday 15th August

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Mindbodynsoul
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   Posted 8/17/2013 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
So I finally had my Fundo & hernia repair last Thursday. I have to say I wasn't nervous about the procedure, but was a lil concerned about the post op symptoms. To my great surprise, I have a great experience. I had a brilliant surgeon and the staff were fantastic. I had prepared a few questions that were of concern to me, such as gas pain, nausea ext, and all were adequately answered and dealt with accordingly. I only remember waking up in the ward with my daughter greeting me with her beautiful smile. I sucked ice throughout the whole 1st night and was not the least bit hungry.

I had a bad nights sleep stuck in a room with 2 chronic snores, that I felt like smothering lol, and the constant buzzing from the nurses station. But aside from that it was bearable. I got pain relief every time I pressed the button so no problem there.

Next day I asked to be moved to another room so I could get some rest. This was not a problem and I was moved. I walked up and down the corridor most of the day passing wind as I could. My tummy is certainly tender but the pain is controllable.

Still not feeling that hungry but ate some jelly and juice and lost of water. The Doctors came around and said they were very pleased with my op and that I could go home Saturday. Friday night turned into a nightmare with an elderly man suffering delirium and screaming and moaning all night in the bed next to me, so 48 hrs with no sleep was taking its toll.

Yesterday morning the Dr came and said I was able to go home, so I was dressed in 5 min waiting for my daughter to pick me up lol. I waited for my pain meds to take home and that was it. I can start on pureed food and next week a soft diet. Keep up plenty of fluids and walk to hep with the gas, which seems to be my only problem. I have not had a bowel movement since Wed, so I will have to do something about that today. I was so tired last night, that I took an endone at 8.00pm and went to bed, and slept till 5.00am this morning. I went for a lil walk this morning and so far feel great. Had some porridge for breakfast and feel good. Will keep u all posted if there is anything significant to report. The Dr said to stay on my PPI's until I see him in 2 weeks.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/17/2013 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Mindbodynsoul

Welcome to the Wrapped Club!
Sometimes it takes a while for the 1st BM, but if you stay hydrated it will come. Go easy during the 1st few weeks and listen to your body. It will let you know when you are doing to much, I promise!

Take care,
Bill
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Mindbodynsoul
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   Posted 8/18/2013 2:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanx Bill

dencha
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   Posted 8/19/2013 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mindbodynsoul,
Welcome to the yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah It's great to hear you've had a good experience with the surgery!  If you haven't already checked it out, take a look at my early recovery journal.  It might give you some useful information: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443
 
Glad you've joined the forum!  We'll look forward to following your recovery progress here. 
Happy healing!
Denise
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“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/19/2013 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank u bill for all of your information. I'm not sure how to respond to anyone cause there is no reply button. If I haven't had any trouble swallowing in 5 days, will I still have them???

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/19/2013 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Sadiegirl

Most likely to some extent. The peak swelling usually starts sometime during the 2nd to 3rd week. 5 days is extremely early in your recovery.

Take care,
Bill
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Post Edited (opnwhl4) : 8/20/2013 12:30:56 PM (GMT-6)


Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/19/2013 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Why doesn't it start right after surgery, that seems natural instead ioof waiting 2-3 weeks. Now I'm getting worried cause I had surgery last thurs the 15th and today is monday

Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/19/2013 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
What do u mean by % early?? I never had gerd, my whole stomach was in my chest due to a 8mm hiatel hernia.

Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/19/2013 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Now I'm worried about my throat closing up. I came home the same day as surgery.

Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/20/2013 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
OK, for the people here that are telling me that between 2 and 3 weeks that you will start to have trouble swallowing, that,s just CRAZY, because I just got off the phone with my surgeon and he said swelling is between 2'and 3 DAYS, not WEEKS. And I'm 5 days out with no problems at all. Don't believe everything youmreadmin these forums.

dencha
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   Posted 8/20/2013 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sadiegirl,
Each surgeon has their own theory of swelling issues.  My surgeon told me that my swallowing would get more difficult throughout the first two weeks, with swelling peaking on or about the 14 day mark.  This is actually quite standard information, although some surgeon's aren't good at communicating post-op issues and leave their patients in the dark.
 
I've had the surgery myself, and have participated on this forum for four plus years, and I can tell you that swelling along with difficulty swallowing, is a common (though not universal) issue during the first weeks of recovery.  Perhaps you will sail through the early recovery with no swelling issues, but it is more than likely that some of the symptoms you'll feel (pain, mucous in the esophagus, reflux feelings, etc.) will be due to swelling at the wrap site.
Keep in mind that wrap swelling isn't the same thing as your "throat closing up".  It doesn't involve your throat at all.  It's the area where the stomach and esophagus meet...where the wrap has been created out of your stomach.
 
It's you perfect right to disregard the information others here share with you.  We're coming from our own experiences, and sharing them because we care about others who come here seeking information.  There are lots of other things we could be doing with our time, believe me.
 
I wish you the very best of luck with your recovery.
Happy healing,
Denise
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Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/20/2013 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank u Denise for your response. I never had gerd, just a hiatel hernia which took my whole stomach into my chest

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/20/2013 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Sadiegirl

Sorry about the %, was meant to be 5 days. From your posts you seem to have a lot of anxiety going on. Please try to relax.
As Denise said your throat doesn't close up, but the wrap itself swells. I understand your surgeon told you a couple days for this to happen, but I doubt he has been through this recovery. I have been through it 3 times and every time I could tell the wrap area was at peak swelling due to how food went through the wrap around 2 to 3 weeks. Yes swelling does start immediately, we aren't saying it doesn't. What we are saying is that PEAK swelling is around the 2 to 3 week mark. The start of swelling until it is at it's worse and then starting to go down are totally different things.
If you have ever had a soft tissue injury, like severe bruise, it does bother you right away, but it also gets worse over the following days/weeks whatever. Same principle.

I understand you didn't have GERD before surgery and your surgery was for a paraesophageal hernia, but the recovery is the same whether you had GERD or not. Same surgery.
As Denise also said, you don't have to take in anything we say here. We are not doctors, but we have been through this and some more than once. I doubt many of the surgeons have been through this. Even my PCP asked me about what the recovery was like because he was thinking of having the surgery, but was worried about the side effects and even though he knew of many good surgeons none could tell him from experience what it really was like.

Take care,
Bill
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Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/20/2013 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank u again Bill for your input and I will keep your info close at hand. I did slow down my eating and feeling great, 5 days and going strong. Paula

opnwhl4
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   Posted 8/20/2013 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Paula-

That is good to hear. I am hoping your recovery continues to go smoothly.

Take care,
Bill
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Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/20/2013 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks again

txman4102
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   Posted 8/21/2013 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Paula,

Best wishes on your recovery.

Moderators,

In light of the discussion above, I want to personally thank you for sharing your experiences with others. Without this forum I would be in the dark. My discharge instructions were very vague: liquid diet for 2-3 days then return to normal eating habits. I almost laughed when I read them.

As I am on day 2 of my recovery, I can tell you that is bad information. I will be lucky to return to soft food in 2-3 weeks. It is obvious that my surgeon and his staff have never recovered from the fundo.

I for one will continue to read the threads with your experiences and make adjustments to my own recovery. The advice from you guys and gals has been invaluable and I will be forever grateful!

Rob

Mindbodynsoul
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   Posted 8/21/2013 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree Paula, its been one week post op for me today. The puree diet needs to be for 4 weeks I think, with just a bit of soft food for a change now and then. Plenty of water and walking. My worse pain is shoulder tip pain from wind, and constipation.

From what I gathered from info on here the worst pain was on the left side where the drain was. Every time I turn in bed and catch that left side its pretty uncomfortable. I still feel a bit of reflux in my throat, but was told this is normal. My Surgeon asked me to stay on PPI's till my visit next Thursday.
I have been having plenty of fresh juices which I am sure is helping the healing process.

My lips mouth and tongue feel really yukky but I am trying to care of that with Nilstat and rinsing with salt water ect (did anyone else have this problem)?

txman4102
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   Posted 8/21/2013 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Mindbodynsoul,

I have passed gas twice today and almost jumped out of my chair to celebrate. I will probably not have a bowel movement for another day or two since all I have consumed is water and broth.

I have the nasty mouth sypmtoms too. My tongue feels thick and enlarged. The hospital staff told me that was a side effect of the loratabs. As far as sleeping, I have to sleep in a recliner. I feel like I am suffocating if I try to lie on my back or side. I have a long way to go though....only 2 days post op.

Sadiegirl
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   Posted 8/21/2013 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck on your recovery. Mine will be one week to or row, Thursday and I have done alot, only liquids and will see doc next wed. Tire easily and shortness of breath but otherwise ok. I take my Vicodin at nite to,sleep and it does let me sleep

dencha
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   Posted 8/21/2013 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Rob,
Good luck with your recovery!  It sounds as if you have a great attitude, which is more than half the battle.
Thanks for your positive comments.  We try!
Happy healing,
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle
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