So Much Bloating!

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monkey trouble
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Date Joined Dec 2013
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   Posted 12/5/2013 1:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I just had my Nissen Fundoplication on the 24th of Nov and everything I am eating is causing me bloating which is so uncomfortable. I do have little burps escaping is that normal? I am still on liquid diet. I have tried taking gas x and beano with no relief. I eat smooth strawberry banana yogurt, puddings, chicken broth, cream of wheat and applesauce mostly for now. I am drinking apple juice, water and decaf tea. I have my post op appointment on December 10th.

Any suggestions?
- Psoriasis 12/2013
- Nissen Fundoplication 11/2013
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- Migraines
- Anxiety
- Depression

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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 12/5/2013 8:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had a thread very recently about bloating after Nissen. I will try to find it, but what worked for me was eliminating wheat and oats, all dairy and raw fruits and veg (I do eat grapes and small amounts of fruit) I take digestive enzymes and eliminated coffee.

I try to be careful about how much air I swallow. I take small sips of my water instead of big gulps and I walk as much as I can.

I still get painfully bloated, and am still trying to be strict on my diet. I have also tried activated charcoal, which may or may not be effective, I still think diet is a lot better at controling it than gas x or charcoal.

You are probably still very swollen. I noticed the bloat was worse when my BMs were not regular, so i supplemented magnesium to help with that. I used Natural Calm, but you can use smooth move tea or senna or whatever works for you if that is the case.

It is still very early in your recovery, so a lot of this will get better on its own. I just saw my surgeon two days ago about this (I am four months out) and he said that gassyness is one of the biggest lingering complaints for people post nissen. Usually it gets much better by the 6 month mark, but sometimes it can just linger on and on to a certain degree.
Lap*Nissen*Fundo 8/2013
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Migraines, Anxiety, PCOS

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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 12/6/2013 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
You're still very early in your recovery. The bloating will ease over time as the swelling around your wrap subsides and your wrap itself loosens a little from normal use. I'm 7 months out from my Nissen and the bloating is pretty much gone at this point. I still can't burp (air trapped in my esophagus still escapes, but no productive from the gut burping) but my surgeon said that it would probably be closer to a year before that was possible. Eating slow and being conscious of how much air you swallow will help ease the discomfort. Some have said that Gaviscon helped them. Taking a walk after a meal will help the air process "through" faster and help alleviate the discomfort.

Be well!
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!
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