Wanted to post my journey in the same spirit of sharing that so many others have done before.
I did not have typical GERD symptoms, my issues were with waking up in the middle of the night sometimes choking on phlegm for the past 3 years, constant throat clearing and pain in my diaphragm area. Had an endoscopy in Sept which showed a hiatus hernia. PPI's did not work and most would call my symptoms LPR but the Bravo capsule did indicate acid sitting on my throat for long periods of time so believe I had symptoms of both GERD and LPR.
I had a colon resection in 04 due to diverticulitis (apparently it isn't uncommon to have multiple issues in one system of our bodies, mine happen to be digestive in spite of the fact that I eat healthy, exercise and am in good shape otherwise.) The colon resection went extraordinarily well and I was thrilled to find out that my surgeon also specializes in GERD. He did every test imaginable, 8 total I believe in order to fully understand my digestive system before recommending a partial fundoplication.
His pre-op diet is 7 days of liquids to deplete glycogen stores and shrink the liver-this makes it easier for him to move things around with the scope and makes for an easier recovery. I followed his pre-op diet plan and arrived for surgery on December 17th at 5:30 am. Was in my room after surgery by noon, had a lovely nurse who was very attentive though most of that day is a blur as I am hyper sensitive to anesthesia and pain meds.
First night and Day 2 were tough, almost vomited on several occasions, night nurse and next day nurse were not compassionate or responsive. Ran out of water, had to empty urine collection container myself, finally started just unplugging everything myself so I could go for walks. Very disheartening. Lots of burping, gurgling and sensation of liquids swirling around the wrap. Oh, and hiccups. Ouch. Was happy to be discharged at 2 to the care of my way more compassionate husband. Sent home with photos of the hernia repair and wrap which are really interesting.
Day 3 was not bad at all, actually felt pretty good, pain level about a 3. Went for a nice walk outside, was still burping.
Day 4, pain returned in earnest, up to a solid 8 and the hydromorphone I was sent home with did not help at all, just made me nauseous. My pain is in both shoulders and it is fierce. Walking as much as possible, got vicodin rx which isn't helping either. Realized yesterday on day 4 that I hadn't had a bowel movement since Monday so took stool softeners and am drinking smooth move tea. Don't actually feel constipated esp since I have not eaten anything solid in past 10 days but hoping that is what is causing the pain. Haven't burped at all in about 24 hours and it feels like the wrap is swelling.
It is early morning of day 5, still not sleeping at all as it is difficult to get comfortable. Body feels tight from not moving, neck and back are achy. Hoping it is warm enough today to get outside for an extended walk-from everything I've read here I believe it will help move the gas that is likely causing the pain.
No problem getting liquids down, taking very small bites and small amounts. Post op 2 week diet includes broth, strained cream soups, jello, pudding, cottage cheese, smoothies, yogurt, milk shakes. Bought a cheap but very effective juicer the Hamilton Big Mouth so juicing some veggie and fruit blends though not able to drink more than a 1/8 or 1/4 cup at a time. Have lost 10 lbs so far, don't want to lose more but will surely have no problem gaining it back. :)