Operation 6 days ago and getting the old symptoms

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   Posted 12/11/2013 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
I had my hiatus hernia op 6 days ago and the old symptoms are still there. I don't know if it was a 360 deg wrap as the surgeon didn't explain there were different "degrees of wrap" available.
My stomach capacity is now that of a tiny child, but even just a small bowl of soup is enough to give me minor reflux symptoms (stinging eyes, sinuses).
I was concerned after the op that I had no problem burping, but the surgeon just said this meant the wrap wasn't too tight.
Does anyone know if these symptoms will go away? I'm sure I heard some people are told to keep taking the tablets for a while after the surgery - I haven't been doing this.
Any help / advice appreciated, I'm pretty scared now.

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   Posted 12/11/2013 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You will feel better. Your wrap is irritated. If you need to take the PPIs for a while do so. Hang in there. Things get better.


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   Posted 12/11/2013 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Don't stop your PPIs cold turkey. My doc wants me to continue 30 days then taper off them very slowly.

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   Posted 12/11/2013 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
You are going to have a TON of swelling at this point at your wrap site. Quite a few people complain about the same things soon after surgery, and have concerns. Much of the time, with time, a lot of those symptoms go away as the swelling goes down. Wait till that swelling goes down, and if it is still just as bad, then be more concerned about it. Not yet at least. :)

My stomach capacity was similar to where you are at your point, actually a small bowl of soup is way more than what I could do as far along as you are now. More like a fraction of a cup.

I can also burp, I'm not too worried about that. The stomach can still allow you to burp and not bring up acid. That being said I know you are still experiencing those symptoms, I'd wait for the swelling to go down for that.

I'm about six weeks out from my surgery and there has been a huge number improvements.

If you read my journal, you'll find you are experiencing quite a bit of what I was too.


That's the link to part two, but the first post will link you to part one.

Post Edited (Diaas2) : 12/11/2013 4:11:13 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/12/2013 4:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Michelle / Gunner / Diaas2,
Thank you VERY much for this information. I wish I had found this forum before my surgery. Tbh, I wasn't given much information and I'm sitting here alone scared to look up my issues online as there are so many fake medical horror stories out there. You can catch anything off the internet :)
I'm going to work my way through your journal today Diaas, I'm up to day 6. It's like reading my own experiences. It's great (in a re-assuring way) to see other people in the same position and how they handled it.
Your journal says you're a runner. How's that going? My plan is 6 weeks with no exercise but walking then slowly get back into it.
All the best,

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   Posted 12/12/2013 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome aboard and to the Wrapped Club!

Read through the resources page and the multiple post op journals and you will find a lot of good information to help you through the recovery.

Take care,
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   Posted 12/12/2013 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I lost quite a bit of weight since my surgery. I'm at the point now where my eating has gotten so much better and my abilities improve every day. As soon as I put a little bit more weight on, and I can eat like I did before my surgery, I'll probably start my running again. I feel like a few months at least after my surgery would be a minimum for me to get back at it. Probably more honestly. I move around and walk all the time. Mobility has never been an issue for me at all. That doesn't mean I haven't felt all those typical weird feelings you get in your esophagus/stomach around your time. All that goes away.

I also was given almost no information at all. My surgeon walked in to our meeting three weeks after my surgery and barely listened to what I had to say and declared, "pasta! you eat pasta now" exactly like that in those same words, and then said that he'll see me in two months. At that point I was only just finding I could eat tiny amounts of rice with sour cream. So for him to say something like that was like he wasn't even paying attention to what I had to say. It was this forum that helped me get through all that I have gone through so far. Almost no help from the actual medical community.

Post Edited (Diaas2) : 12/12/2013 6:24:20 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/12/2013 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Dude, I know what you mean, they give you no information!

Mine led me to believe keyhole was like a visit to the sports masseur and you just jump off the bed afterwards and get on with your life. After I woke up they were giving me meat and coffee straight away! Then the next day they wanted me to just get out of bed and leave the hospital - I had to refuse and tell them I had absolutely no clue what I was supposed to do! I didn't know what to eat, what to do about my five openings, whether they had stiches that needed to be removed, whether I could shower, anything.

I insisted on seeing a doctor and he finally appeared and said "is this *the* patient?" as if I had an attitude problem. He told me I had to leave, so I lifted my shirt and said "look, is this ok?".

It turns out I had dressings on that should have been removed and I had an allergic reaction to something and was covered in a thick red rash....
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