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DanielT
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Date Joined Sep 2013
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   Posted 9/7/2013 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all. I'm a 28 year old male that had a floppy fundoplication for gerd that was pretty debilitating. I was on multiple ppi's and h2 blockers. I finally had the bravo and manometery tests done which showed very high acid levels and good motility in my esophagus. Anyway I clearly elected to have the surgery done as it was really affecting my daily life after reading a lot on these forums. Thank you all for your posts they were very helpful in my decision. My laproscopic surgery was on August 27th and things are quite good. I'm on a soft diet and handling it well. I am taking simethicone for gas and was wondering if this gas pain will continue for a long time or if it is just a short term problem? I can burp when needed and the reflux is totally gone. I do have some pain which I would guess is the wrap healing. One other question I have is can you eventually eat bread again and how long did it take in the healing process to get to that point?

Thank you all,
Daniel

Ian Victor
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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 9/7/2013 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Daniel-- You had your surgery a day before mine. Yes, I also am having some problems with gas. I miss bread. Let's see what the others have to say about eating bread. I generally feel well. I definitely have an appetite and I am asking myself similar questions concerning resuming a regular diet.

dencha
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   Posted 9/7/2013 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Daniel,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah On the subject of bread, I can tell you that well-toasted bread can be tolerated very quickly.  My surgeon allowed me to eat "whatever could be chewed to a liquid", at Day 6, so I experimented greatly and only swallowed things that actually could be chewed to basically nothing.  I was eating well-toasted bread right away. 
 
It's the untoasted bread that's the problem, because it chews into clumps and that's not helpful when you're healing from Nissen surgery.  I love bread and have eaten it without any trouble once I had healed.  Just toast your bread for the next couple of months, that's all.  You'll pretty much know when you're ready to start untoasted bread, but it'll be one of your later (6-8 weeks) foods.
 
Your gas pain is a short term problem...especially if you can burp.  Some of the gas pain you're feeling could be surgical pain.  Don't forget that your swallowing is likely to get worse due to wrap swelling.  Peak swelling is generally around the two week mark.  If your swallowing starts to get a little funky, just back off to liquids for a few days.  Once the swelling recedes a little, you'll be back in business.
 
Glad you've joined the group!
Happy healing!
Denise
 
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

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

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DanielT
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   Posted 9/8/2013 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information Denise. I definitely feel this surgery was the right choice for me. Even if I couldn't eat bread again it would be okay as the heartburn day in and day out was horrible. I think the hardest part for me in the hospital was the ng tube. It really made my throat sore and once it was out I felt 10 times better.

dencha
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   Posted 9/8/2013 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Daniel,
 
NG tubes are no fun.  Glad to hear you've got a good attitude, which is probably the most important part of your recovery.  Just listen to your body, and follow it lead.  Go with the flow...You will heal, and you'll be back to your old self.  It just takes time.
 
Happy healing,
Denise
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
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

StephanieJean
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Date Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts : 500
   Posted 9/9/2013 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my nissen, loose floppy on the 9th of August. I can eat bread, untoasted in small bites, as long as I take my motrin. I have tons of gas issues, and take meds like you, but I found staying away from cheese, dairy and like oatmeal helps me the most with that sort of thing. Milk is the worst!
I switched over to almond and soy milk and lactose free cheese when I want it.
it has helped so much.
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