My Nissen procedure was done back in April. I have a floppy Nissen wrap.
1. Swallowing: I didn't have a problem swallowing immediately following the procedure unless I was careless in my food choices. I made sure my food was in fairly small pieces for the first 6-7 weeks after.
2. Eating: I was back eating my normal diet, albeit in smaller portions, about 5 weeks after surgery. I get full fast, but don't have a problem eating any kind of food. I love all things spicy, and it feels amazing to be able to enjoy spicy food again, without any consequences.
3. Burping: I can't force myself to burp. No matter how hard I try. Air escapes here and there, but its certainly not what one might consider a belch or loud burp.
4. Restricted Life/Activities: 6 months later and I've been hiking, playing soccer, carrying children, and working on various remodeling projects around the house. I was back at the gym about 6 weeks after but didn't start lifting any kind of weights until about 8 weeks in. My doctor cleared me sooner, but I was just being overly cautious and waited longer.
5. Floppy Nissen: This is typically used if, outside of the reason for the procedure, you don't have any other problems with motility or gastric emptying. It's the gold standard for the Nissen these days where the patient is in otherwise good health. I had swallowing problems earlier on, but increasing my PPI's in the months leading up to the surgery helped with that and reduced the swelling in my esophagus.
Make sure that your surgeon performs a 24 hr pH study, barium swallow, and manometry. Those three tests are key to determining your candidacy for the procedure as well as your surgeons decision as to whether you have a loose floppy or not.
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!