I will tell you this. By the next morning, I couldn't WAIT to get out of the hospital, and was frustrated that my surgeon didn't come in until 10 AM. Hospitals aren't the best places to recover, and when there are no complications, home is a better option.
That said, I'll tell you what I received at the hospital overnight:
1. Advice from the night nurse to get up and walk whenever I went to the bathroom (which I did...walking laps around the hallways each time)...very good advice to take home with you. It will help get the gas moving out, and reduces the pain in your shoulder (yes, shoulder pain...it's generally the worst of it).
2. IV pain meds in the beginning...probably liquids as well, since you won't get a lot via mouth for a while, due to the immediate trauma of the surgery/anesthesia. Still, you can sip on water and swallow it down. The swallowing is a little strange and painful in the beginning, but it works.
3. They switched me to oral pain meds the night before I went home to be sure that they were working, and they could adjust them before I left. You can just call from home if the pain meds aren't doing the trick.
4. Just wondering if they'll give you a barium swallow test, before sending you home...I didn't get one, but there are a few here who had surgeons who require them before taking anything by mouth. I was just wondering that if they send you home, it will be something they want to do.
5. They brought me "no-no's" on my tray...caffeinated coffee, carbonated soda, and a straw (carbonation and straws introduced more air into your stomach and increases bloating)! All not the best for early recovery eating/drinking. The only thing they brought that worked with lemon ice, which was yummy, and fine to eat. At home, you'll obviously have more control of your eating/drinking choices.
Honestly, I do think it's fine to go home right afterward. Obviously, the only purpose of the overnight or several day hospitalization is if you have a complication. You will have to self-monitor and call your surgeon's office day or night if you have a concern. I'm sure they're expecting it, and if you're a responsible patient you will do that. You know your body, and if something seems seriously out of whack, give them a call. Don't hesitate to get back into the ER, either.
If you read lots of posts here, you'll get an idea of what to expect, so you'll know if you're out of the norm. This forum will be especially important to you in the first few days. You'll be able to post your experience and concerns, and other Nissen members here can share their thoughts about them.
Here's my early recovery journal. In my case, I could have easily recovered the first night at home in more comfort than the hospital. Just listen to the advice of others here. Read, read, read, and prepare yourself completely. You'll do fine. Here's the link to my recovery journal:
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“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.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 11/15/2013 8:33:26 AM (GMT-7)