Nissen Fundoplication and hiatial hernia

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Date Joined Oct 2013
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   Posted 10/23/2013 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
2 days post surgery. Nissen went according to schedule but I had a very large hiatial hernia they had to detach from the wall of my diagram .
Not sure if that is why I have strong left shoulder pain. Also have me on zofran every 6 hours. Still am nauseous - think from Norco. Not sure which is worse. My dr. Had me up and walking and wants me walking several times a day now. Soft mush diet but so far soup and jello. Anyone else have the same surgery? What to expect?
Thank you all!

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   Posted 10/23/2013 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wilmariley,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah There are many members here who've been through the surgery, and are at varying places in their recoveries.  You should get lots of support, advice, and ideas from them. 
I had my surgery in February 2009.  Here's a link to my early recovery journal:
Yes, the shoulder pain is caused by diaphragm irritation (and fixing a hernia is a big time irritation) as well as residual trapped gas that was used to blow up the surgical field, so the surgeon can see what he/she is doing.
Your surgeon's recommendation for walking is exactly right.  A night nurse at the hospital suggested that I get up and walk whenever I needed to use the bathroom.  I followed her expert advice and found it really helpful.  The more I walked, the less my shoulder hurt. 
That shoulder pain is really the worst pain of all, in my humble opinion.  The bad thing is that the pain meds don't seem to dull it a bit.  So walk, walk, walk!  The more the better. The bonus is that it'll help you get your strength back more quickly as well.
Were you given anti-nausea drugs?  If not, be sure to ask for scripts ASAP.  Retching and vomiting are very hard on the wrap, and you want to avoid both of them.  Once wrapped, you should carry anti nausea drugs with you wherever you go.  You never know when a stomach bug will creep up on you! 
I've had three since my surgery, and each time my first sign of nausea was vomiting!  Fortunately, I was prepared, and immediately took a Compazine suppository, which ensured I didn't have a repeat performance.  I can't possibly take an oral med once I've vomited, so the suppositories were perfect.  I have Zofran for the more mellow nausea issues that might pop up.
Glad you've joined the forum!  I'm sure other "wrappers" will be by soon!
Happy healing,

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Post Edited (dencha) : 10/23/2013 7:38:56 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/23/2013 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be following your posts, I'm going to have my nissen fundoplication Friday November the 1st, first thing in the morning. I'm sure I'll learn a lot from you and maybe I'll be able to help out as well!

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   Posted 10/27/2013 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
How big was your hiatal hernia? Did you receive a mesh to close the diaphragm? I got my medical records the other day and the surgeon used my own stomach tissue as the mesh to cover the hole.
I am on my 10th week. I feel pretty good except for the gas and bloating. I did start to increase my eating and found my wrap would get irritated. I had to switch back to soft foods and soup.
Hope your recovery goes well.

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   Posted 10/27/2013 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
i had a nissen fundiplacation several yrs ago and since then cannot throw up--I just went to the ER because of extreme nausea and dry heaves-I thought I was going to die--the only thing that helped was IV anti-nausea meds-am I right in assuming that the only way to fix this is to have another surgery?? I had to have the surgery in the first place because my hitial hernia was bleeding causing me to become anemic and need transfusions and I had a lot of acid reflux-that is gone-but now if I'm nauseous or have the stomach flu I can't throw up which is miserable--has anyone had this and what can be done about it-I can't go to the ER everytime ths happens-I only have Medicare-which leaves a lot to be desired-HELP!!

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   Posted 10/27/2013 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I had nausea the first 2 days after my surgery. Dry heaved once that evening of the surgery but the nurse caught it and gave me anti nausea meds. Some nausea in the past 10 weeks. I haven't vomited in 8 years and I sure don't want to now.

I take raw ginger (take the bark off) and cut it up and put into water for nausea. Not too much as it can be spicy. I also take fennel tea. I got anti nausea pills to carry around. Also, people have recommended suppositories for the nausea if you can't take pills.

I hope that helps.

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