3 Months Post Nissen

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 10/18/2013 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello. I had my wrap done three months ago today. Recovery has been difficult, and I regret having the surgery. The Nissen was my third surgery in a year (following a hernia repair and a deviated septum), and I'm tired of tests and doctors. I have found very little information about recovery, except for this site. Thank you all for posting your experiences.

Since the surgery I have had constant diarrhea and nausea. I am currently unemployed, which I hate, but I can't even look for a job because I spend so much of my day in the bathroom. I've tried eating different foods - everything goes down okay - but I still have bad nausea. I can "feel" the acid in my stomach, but the surgery was successful in preventing it from traveling up my esophagus.

I'm 50 years old. I feel sickly and depressed. Has anyone experienced this kind of diarrhea and nausea in your recovery?

Veteran Member

Date Joined May 2012
Total Posts : 541
   Posted 10/18/2013 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
What kind of symptoms did you have and how long did it take for them to go away? I've had it done, I have the nausea, but not the pooping... I don't poop

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 10/18/2013 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Glad you've found our online community. It’s a great place to connect with others traveling the same road...you'll find much support, encouragement and advice from others who understand.

Has anyone ever mentioned dumping syndrome to you? Dumping syndrome is a collection of gastrointestinal and other symptoms that occur after a person eats. Food and juices moving in a quick and unregulated manner from your stomach into the intestines causes dumping syndrome. The symptoms include nausea and severe diarrhea.

You may want to talk to your Dr. re dumping syndrome. Here is a link you may find helpful.

Anti-dumping Diet







Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.

"She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."

New Member

Date Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 10/18/2013 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I did ask my surgeon about dumping about a month after the operation. He said that wasn't the problem. But it sounds a lot like what I'm going through.

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 10/18/2013 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Holden,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrap Club! yeah yeah yeah As Kitt said, dumping is a common problem during recovery from any stomach surgery.  It's not a permanent problem, but can definitely be a surgical side effect.  Please take a look at the anti-dumping diet, as it may help you get it under better control.
I don't know if your surgeon prepared you properly for this recovery, but as you can see it is challenging.  I've actually heard people here report that their surgeons told them they'd be back to normal in a couple weeks!  Yikes!  No wonder people get worried and upset with normal recovery symptoms.
You are at the three month mark in a recovery that takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  I even found improvements into the second year.  Be sure that you are taking small bites and chew your food until it is a liquid/creamy consistency. 
If you're experiencing nausea, why not go back on your PPI or at least Zantac.  Your stomach lining is irritated if it's nauseous, and you said you feel acid in there.  Why not protect your stomach with acid reducers. 
You might also ask your GI or PCP for a prescription of Carafate suspension.  It coats the wrap and stomach and helps protect the stomach lining further.  I have a reactive stomach, and when it gets flaring up, Carafate is very helpful. 
Glad you've joined the forum!  Hang in there...it gets better!
Take care,
GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09

"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

Roger D.
Regular Member

Date Joined Jul 2011
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 10/19/2013 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 18 mths. post Nissen. My bouts of diarrhea and nausea ended about 6 mths. ago. I now feel O.K. except for the occasional burning in my stomach. I am still on a GERD diet; probably will be for the rest of my life. My point is that you have to be patient; I believe things will calm down over time.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Tuesday, September 25, 2018 2:04 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,006,339 posts in 329,329 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161829 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, fdgdfhdff8805.
230 Guest(s), 1 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details