Fundoplication 5 days later

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   Posted 11/6/2013 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my Nissen Fundoplication done last Friday November 1st 2013.I had a hiatal hernia repair and half wrap on the stomach.My doctor though I would benefit from the half wrap because he said I didn't really need the full wrap.5 days later I drill feel like when I swallow my esophagus us really struggling to bring the food or even water down.It just feels like there is swelling right in my chest area. I had nausea on the third day but I haven't vomited thank God. I have a lot of burping and I started using gas x yesterday we will see how that goes.Is it normal to feel this sweeping sensation and pain in chest area when swallowing?I am freaking out!!!

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   Posted 11/6/2013 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jpujols, we're in the same boat,i had a 200 degree wrap two weeks ago,mine was a redo.What your feeling is totally normal,theres a whole lot of swelling in there,both your diaphram and esophagus have been pulled about and stitched, they are delicate organs and will take some time to heal.
Just stick to liquids or really slushy type foods for a few weeks then gradually introduce more solids. It will get better!

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   Posted 11/6/2013 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the nissen done last Friday November the 1st too! I had mine done in the morning.

This is my nissen journal.

I also seem to have the exact same symptoms as you that you describe.

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   Posted 11/6/2013 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jpujols,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah I can see you have already had some great responses from our members.  There is currently a pretty large contingent of people healing from fairly recent Nissen surgeries of various types.  Here is a link to my recovery journal...while there are some mentions of lung issues that you can disregard, you will see another person's recovery experience. 
 What you're describing sounds totally normal.  As Barry said, your wrap area is very swollen at this point.  In fact, the area becomes increasingly swollen over the first two weeks or so, and then the swelling gradually decrease as healing progresses.
Glad you've joined the forum!
Happy healing!
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   Posted 11/6/2013 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Barry!!You totally helped me gain some hope.My food just seems to get stuck half way down my chest.Its scary at times.What I can't seem to figure out is why did you have a redo of the wrap? Can it become undone easily? Also why do you think I have so much burping? It hurts my chest so bad every time I hero.Let me know about your experience please.

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   Posted 11/7/2013 4:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi jpujols, i had full nissen fundo done 360degree early last year and had lots of problems,basically my surgeon done the wrong wrap, too tight for a weak motility!He also did not carry out preop manometry or ph studies which is essential in this type of surgery. You can look through some of my old posts to see what i was going through,it was pretty rough!
The surgery is pretty safe if done correctly and should not come undone.I know how your feeling with the foods sticking but its just all the swelling in there,it will ease off,its just really early days for you yet.Your burping is most likely air trapped in your esophagus,i get this alot aswell,we tend to swallow more air than normal people to try and clear the esophagus.
All i can say is hang in there it will improve,its just a matter of time. Barry
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