2 day Post op nissen fundoplication with hiatal hernia repair

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JessiT
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   Posted 2/9/2014 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I put this Surgery off for two years because of all of the bad blogs. Thankfully I finally found Denise's post and reconsidered. Before the surgery I ate a bottle of tums every couple of days and up every 30-45 mins all night eating tums on top of 40mg per tonic 2x a day. I have not slept in my bed for the past couple of years. I had surgery at 7:30am Friday feb 7, 2014 and went into surgery with horrible heartburn and came out with none. I slept flat for the first time in several years and all night. I had some pain when swallowing water Friday evening the first couple of time and sat had pain in my bladder until it finally decided to work later in the day. I ran a fever Sat but they sent me home and told me to watch it. I feel great today I haven't taken any pain meds since yesterday mid afternoon. No pain from the surgery sites just some gas issues but that is slowly passing. The surgeon said that the flap at the end of my esophagus wasn't working and acid was just washing back into my esophagus. I am on clear liquids for 2 weeks because he said the scare tissue is really bad in my esophagus then I am to start on a regular liquid diet. I feel great went to church this morning and am going back to work tomorrow. Not tired at all I slept 5 Hrs last night and been up since 5a this morning and not tired at all. I am doing laundry and getting ready to figure out dinner for my husband. No pain swallowing. I am SO great foul for Denise as I would have never had this surgery if I had not found her post.
Jessica :-)

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   Posted 2/9/2014 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Jessica-

Welcome to Haling Well and the Wrapped Club!

Read all the post surgery posts and be patient with this recovery.

Take care,
Bill
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JessiT
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   Posted 2/10/2014 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bill
I have have to say I'm concerned because I haven't had any problems so far but am early in my recovery. I am day 3 post op and no pain at all anywhere. I am not having any swallowing issues yet and no heartburn. It is weird feeling like you have to burp and you can't. You just have to wait for it to flow the other direction.
It's a little scary that I have not had any pain and am not taking any pain meds or nausea meds. I can't even tell I had surgery no muscle soreness no incision soreness. Only when I look down and see the 5 incisions.

opnwhl4
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   Posted 2/10/2014 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Jessica-

you are one of the lucky ones! Just remember you did have major surgery and take it easy and let your body heal.

Take care,
Bill
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JessiT
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   Posted 2/10/2014 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill the surgeon's office called today to check on me and they couldn't believe that I am not taking any pain meds. The dr said I could go back to work tomorrow as long as I felt ok. I am taking easy in regards to lifting because I don't want to tear anything. Dr also told me that I could start on soft foods today. So far that is going ok. Probably too soon to tell

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   Posted 2/10/2014 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JessiT,

Welcome to the yeah yeah yeahWrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah I'm so glad that my journal was helpful to you! I remember when I was seeking out information about the surgery. There are so many scary things out there, and I felt so fortunate to find this forum. I'm now five years post op, and have stuck around the forum to help others the way I was helped.

Bill, (opnwhl4) was one of the people who helped me when I first came to the site looking for answers! He was an inspiration--overcoming adversity and keeping a positive attitude in spite of his challenges.

As Bill has said, remember that you just had major surgery. I'm so glad to hear you're feeling great. Because of that, though, you may inadvertently overdo it. Be sure to listen carefully to your body and follow its lead. If it says it's tired, rest.

Going back to work as quickly as you are, is really unusual, although I remember hearing of someone who went back to work as a dental hygienist at one week post op. I know I couldn't have gone back that quickly!

Don't forget that your wrap will become increasingly more swollen in the next two weeks or so. My surgeon warned me that my swallowing would get worse before it got better, which was exactly what happened. If you begin to get more discomfort at the wrap site, and your swallowing gets more difficult, don't worry. It's part of the natural progression of healing. It'll gradually get better once peak swelling has been reached. Occasionally someone here on the site gets through that swelling without a problem, but it's good to be aware, just in case.

Be sure to stick around the forum and ask questions that might come up. We're here to provide support and encouragement as you go through the healing process. Best wishes for a smooth transition back to work! Remember--don't overdo!
Happy healing!
Denise

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"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

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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.”
Eckhart Tolle

JessiT
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   Posted 2/11/2014 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise I am resting as needed. I started belching a lot last night louder and harder than I have in my life not sure where they came from. I am expecting more swelling as the days go by. How could you tell when the swelling started?

Good Days
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   Posted 2/12/2014 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
JessiT,
I also had the Nissan and Hernia repair. It has been about 7 years now. Still doing great. I also didn't have problems with my recovery. Just ate small amounts often - no more than 1/2 cup at a time for a week or so. If you have any shoulder or back pain, just go for a walk - it really helps. No lifting and no cokes etc, no steak for a few months and you will be great. So glad everything went well. I truly believe that the surgeon is the key. Great surgeon, great results.
Jayne

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   Posted 2/12/2014 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Jessica-

You will know when the swelling is getting worse because usually you will experience some swallowing issues and a reflux like feeling. When it is really swollen it doesn't work as it will when it settles down and food can also sit at the wrap and irritate it. This feels like reflux.

Take care,
Bill
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JessiT
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   Posted 2/12/2014 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor told me to not be alarmed that since I would be on clear liquids for a week I would probably lose 5-10lbs. However, I got on the scale this more three different times and it shows I actually weight 1 pound more than I did last Friday right before surgery. Has anyone else gained weight. I have lived on water and tea no cream for the past week nothing else. This sucks.
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