Tightness after wrap

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Mcedge
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   Posted 11/17/2013 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

I had the toupet fundoplication with hernia repair 5 days ago. I think I'm doing ok. I have no problem with swallowing.
My problem is I get a heavy tight chest I feel like I'm being squeezed internally. I have no problem with breathing although taking deep breaths sometimes hurts. I don't have any problems with my heart so I know it's not that.
Just want to know if this is normal after having the fundoplication and if it is how long does it last and should I be taking any medication to ease the condition? Is the tightness a normal part of the healing and does it get easier- which I hope it does. No one else seems to mention the tightness/squeezing of the chest in their posts on recovering from the procedure so I guess I just want to know if anyone else had this problem and is it a normal part of the whole thing.
I feel like I'm turning into a hypochondriac ! You really don't get answers to these problems from doctors - I guess because they haven't been through it. They seem to believe here in the UK that getting over this is a breeze and you should be back to normal in a couple of weeks - which I hope I am but it feels doubtful at the moment.
So if anyone who's had the wrap can give me a little hope on the tightness I'd be grateful.

Maria

lajenner
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   Posted 11/17/2013 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I was told that was because of the diaphragm being involved in the surgery. It was very hard to breathe for me, because of this. It does get better!
Laurie
Nissen Fundolplication Sept. 10, 2013

Mcedge
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   Posted 11/17/2013 10:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Laurie

Thanks for your reply

Maria

Noelle3
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   Posted 11/17/2013 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria,

I remember you mentioned chest tightness before surgery. Does this feel different to the tightness you felt before?

Mcedge
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   Posted 11/17/2013 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Noelle

It does feel different. I think maybe it's something to do with the surgery - well I'm hoping it is. I'm sure it'll ease in a few days. I don't have it all the time and I haven't had it at all today.
I guess it's still early days. I'll just have to be patient.

Maria

dencha
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   Posted 11/17/2013 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Maria,
I don't think I welcomed you to yeah yeah yeah The Wrapped Club!! yeah yeah yeah Yay!  You're 5 days post op, and each day the area affected by surgery is becoming increasingly more swollen.  This swelling can feel like tightness, and you can have discomfort at the wrap site. 
 
Swelling will continue to increase over at least the first two weeks, so don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better.  You've just had MAJOR surgery.  Laproscopic surgery is deceiving.  If you had open surgery you wouldn't be as surprised with these sensations. 
 
Since you just had little slits, and your outsides don't look like much was done, you might not realize that your insides have been through a LOT.  I've heard it described as an egg beater in there...moving organs, holding them back, even detaching some so they can be moved.  Your insides have been traumatized, so it's natural to have pain and discomfort long after your external incisions heal. 
 
As you've heard over and over, this surgery takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest.  It takes patience, perseverance, and trust to get through it.  Hang in there!
 
Happy healing,
Denise 
 
 
 
 
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