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Jdeerel
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   Posted 1/25/2014 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am having surgery on Wednesday and was told about the liquid diet. Does anyone have suggestions? Can you drink coffee?

dencha
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   Posted 1/25/2014 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jdeerel,

Welcome to Healing Well! Glad you you've joined the forum. It's a great place to be when you're recovering from surgery. Here are some links to Post-Nissen eating guides you might find helpful:

www.preopguide.com/PostFundoDiet.html


www.upmc.com/patients-visitors/education/nutrition/Pages/diet-after-nissen-fundoplication-surgery.aspx


www.nissenfundoplication.com/nissen-fundoplication-diet


/healthonline.washington.edu/document/health_online/pdf/Esophageal_Diet_After_Surgery_3_11.pdf

Also, here is a link to my early recovery journal, so you can see what one person experienced:
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443

Please be sure to ask any questions that might come to mind. We'll be here to welcome you to the "Wrapped Club" when you feel well enough to post again. Best of luck with your surgery!

Take care,
Denise

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   Posted 1/26/2014 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I had silent reflux so I didn't really have an acid problem and my experience might be different from yours.

It really depends on what your Doctor orders......I was originally prepared to be on clear liquids for three weeks as originally ordered by my Doctor. However, when he visited my room after surgery he told me that I could have anything that could be pureed. While in the hospital I ate whatever they brought me. The first morning I had Oatmeal with low-fat milk, apple sauce, juice and coffee....

At home I mostly had cream-type soups but I alternated with vegetable beef and other commercially made soups. I had bought lots of Chicken and beef broth prior to surgery so I pureed the vegetable beef and mixed it with broth to thin it out.

For a crunchy variety I had Saltine crackers or Cheetos. You might think that they would be harsh but both of them turn into a paste after you chew them up real well.

Good lucck and quick recovery....

Robotaz
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   Posted 1/26/2014 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a lap Nissen done Thursday.

My doctor said I can read all I want on the internet, but the foods to avoid are bread/pasta, meat, carbonated beverages, and raw vegetables. He said it's from decades of experience that he says this. His mentor in his laparoscopic/robotic residency was a lap Nissen pioneer in Chicago.

He knows that I'm an intense engineering type person, so he paid special attention to making sure I was very clear on listening to him.

It's now Sunday and every day is much better. Thursday after the surgery I thought I was going to die. I've never felt like I've been hit by a car like that. Day two I knew I was not ready to leave the hospital. Day three was ready to leave but went up and down as pain killers came and went. Today, I took one pain pill just to keep on top of it and had a bowl of broth, a Popsicle, and water. I'm taking care of myself now and pretty much out of the woods and on the way to recovery. No PPIs since Thursday, which means about ten years of meds are, for now, hopefully over.

I wouldn't read too much about what people experienced because we're all different. Just be ready to really fight for a couple of days. I questioned whether I'd really messed up, but just four days out I don't wonder anymore. Stay determined and strong, ask your nurses for help and don't be ashamed, and you'll be out in no time.

Jdeerel
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   Posted 1/26/2014 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for replying. Very helpful but I am definitely nervous.

LimaB
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   Posted 1/27/2014 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jdeerel,

I had mine on 1/15 and 9 days into recovery I'm thrilled with it. My reflux would seem to be gone for good at this point. I was having terrible problems before, was taking pantoprazole (Protonix) and still popping otc antacids like candy. Didn't seem to matter what or if I ate I would have issues. Bending would make it worse & sometimes did bring on attacks but I also would have attacks 'out of the blue'. Since my wrap i have not taken any thing for reflux & have not even had a hint of heartburn.

As far as the recovery goes so far mine has been pretty smooth. I have had some shoulder pain which I think may be partially from the CO2 gas used in surgery. (I already had a torn Rotator cuff & tendinosis.) I have had some pain right below the rib cage and in general all around my abdomen which gets better each day. I also had a very large paraesophageal hernia that was rather nasty in that the top 3rd & bottom 3rd were above the diaphragm while the middle 3rd was below so I'm not surprised that there is some pain. I have been very fortunate in that I have not experienced any swallowing issues either pre or post op.

As far as coffee goes my surgeon told me no caffeine at first. I have my 1st follow-up Thursday & am hoping to get the OK since I can live with the mushy foods but darn I miss my coffee.

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   Posted 1/27/2014 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
The Chicago Surgeon that Robotaz mentioned--the mentor--is (or was) a member of the Facebook, Nissen Fundoplication group and answers general questions from fellow members when he has time. He is a very down-to-earth type and he debunks a lot of the stuff you might read on the internet. He claims to have performed thousands of them and corrected many others that other Surgeons screwed up. You might want ot look into joining because there is a lot of positive insormation there just like there is here in HealingWell.

Jdeerel
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   Posted 2/2/2014 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. Well I had my surgery and this is day 5. I'm still very sore. I was wondering if anyone has experienced some type of involuntary feeling. It's not a burp, it's more like a hiccup but it's not. Very hard to describe and it happens throughout the day and night. My back and neck have also been very sore.

Thanks, Jdeerel

Robotaz
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   Posted 2/2/2014 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah those feelings are normal. If you had a hiatal hernia fixed, there will be additional feelings. Right now, if I eat a little too much, I get hiccups. I get hiccups every day now. I'm sure it will get better.
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