Wondering if my nissen didn't work?

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 1/18/2014 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I 'm Cindy and new to the forum/blog (whatever it's called) for about 3 days after surgery (hernia and fun duplication) the tightness came back and then a very productive Cough with chest pain. Do these sometimes need to be redone?

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 1/18/2014 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Cindy,
Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Glad you've joined us. Post-op you'll get lots of feelings of reflux and pain that mimics reflux. The esophagus is a dumb organ that interprets all pain as reflux, and sends that message to the brain.

I'm not sure what your surgeon told you, but this surgery takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. At 3 days post op...or even 3 weeks post op, you're getting surgical pain and swelling pain. You're at the roughest part of recovery, and as my surgeon told me (when I called, worried about reflux symptoms),"Pretty much anything is possible in the early recovery period".

In fact, the wrap is swollen and misshapen, and can even leak some acid. This is not anything to worry about. Many surgeons actually keep their patients on PPIs for the first few months, just to make the recovery more comfortable.

Here's a link to my early recovery journal. Check it out to see one person's experience. I got the surgery for lung issues, so if that's not your problem, you can disregard that part.

Stick around and ask questions as they come up. Every question is important, so don't hold back! Again, glad you've joined the forum! I found it about 5 years ago, shortly before my surgery, and it as a godsend. That's why I stuck around to help others, the way I was helped.

Happy healing,

Yes, some wraps have to be redone. I worried about that because I coughed so much and so frequently and severely that I was sure I would damage my wrap. My GI doc said it would not be a problem...it could be done laproscopically as well, and not to worry if I ended up needing it. Thankfully, my wrap held tight and I did fine.

You don't have to spend a moment worrying about your wrap. All of us stressed about that in the beginning, because the recovery symptoms are so similar to our reflux issues.

Relax, go with the flow, and surrender to your recovery. If you can do that, your recovery will be much easier. Those who stress and struggle, and try to hurry their recovery, find it much more difficult. Hang in there! It gets better!
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“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
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Post Edited (dencha) : 1/18/2014 10:41:01 AM (GMT-7)

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