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74Ranchero
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 1/29/2014 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! I actually registered here a year ago but never got around to posting! I /had/ a hiatal hernia and knew the only way to fix it was a nissen fundoplication. I wanted to learn as much as I could about it and was lurking here reading peoples experience with that procedure. It was scary to be honest and I came away with realizing this repair was only going to be as good as the surgeon. So began my search for a decent surgeon. I was also putting the procedure off because I had some other gastro probs and /wanted/ to get those taken are of first actually (more on that later).

Well my body had other ideas. My hernia was getting worse. For most of last year part of my stomach was behind my heart (yet oddely enough I had no eating probs or any issues with it. I dont get that but everyones body is different) but a couple of weeks ago things suddenly got worse. I could feel it. I was set to call a surgeon highly recommended the 7th but instead ended up in the ER. My entire stomach had slide into my chest cavity and twisted 180. At this point this procedure was going to be done by someone on staff ASAP. The ER surgeon said though that since I was stable and oddily enough not in any real pain (I mean there was some pain if I moved just right but I was really just very uncomfortable) he was going to wait and bring in /the/ guy to do it -- and who could do it laproscopic (sp) not open as hed have to do. The next afternoon that surgeon walked in and I knew the moment I looked at him he was the man. We hit it off instantly and he was speaking to me as near an equal when I told him what I knew of the procedure.

The next day 3.5 hours on the table and it was done. It was done the 9th of this month. I was discharged on the 11th or 12th. Things are going ok. I had disphagia for about 5 days and then it was gone. I do though have the gas bloat problem. Burping is next to impossible though I can burp a bit when I eat yogurt or grits. God grits.. Im sick of instant grits and they tend to get caught at the new opening of my stomach if I eat too fast. And sadly Im a fast eater. Im definatly having to learn to pace my eating now!

My diaphram though was very torn. I dont know how many stitches it took but it went back together perfectly. The surgeon was concerned about that but he told me when he eased it back together it went like itd never been ripped. That was pure fortune on my part. Im on a 5lb weight limit though till the end of august.

I have some questions about this though. Can the wrap hurt or ache? Can you feel it? I think I can and its been a bit achy today. I just ate about 30 minutes ago and its sitting like lead in my now one complete size smaller stomach. I am a very fast healer and so far though it looks like thats the case this time. My diet has been pretty soft but not liquid. I was only on liquids for 2 days. I have though made a couple of food mistakes though and paid for it.

This morning though as I was waking up I forgot about the wrap and stretched and then realized and stopped. Now the top part of my stomach has been a bit achy as I said since. Could I have done something to the wrap?

Sorry for such a long first post!!

74Ranchero
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 1/29/2014 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
oh by the way, I do have Acid Reflux and though I didnt get the fundo done for that, I have noticed it does seem better now. ^_^ My acid reflux was manageable with protonix and zantac (hehe though I wont mantion the dosage of the zantac (or the protonix for that matter hehe)) And sorry for such a scattered brained first post!

Robotaz
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   Posted 1/29/2014 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
You most likely just felt it while stretching and your mind keeps reminding you. There's a lot going on there.

I do recommend slowing down just a bit though.

74Ranchero
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 1/29/2014 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hi! thanks for the reply. Yea that makes sense. And yes I think I should slow down. But its hard. I live alone and I really dont have the funds to keep a steady supply of super soft food on hand (its not cheap). As I said before, I have made a couple of food mistakes but am still figuring out what I can and cant tolerate right now. Ive been looking around and reading threads and Ive read there is still more swelling to come perhaps. Overall though I really am bouncing back from this a lot faster then I thought. Though I do have good days and bad. Today is not a super good day. What I had for lunch is still sitting like lead in my stomach. Yet Im hungry. Ive stayed hungry since this operation. And before it, I hadnt eaten in nearly 2 days. Yea Ive lost some serious weight already. I wasnt skin and bones but I wasnt obese either yet Im not minding the weight loss. I just hope it eventually stops. Too thin isnt good either. The majority of my diet is fairly soft (creamed soups, instant oatmeal, jello, pudding cups, cottage cheese, etc) but there are a couple of 'harder' food items that I seem to be able to eat with no problem (or course well chewed!), grapes and rice crispies. Go figure.
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