19 days post-op Nissen Fundoplication

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   Posted 2/9/2014 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all. I'm now 19 days post op.  Still get some reflux while I'm sleeping with a little throat irritation.  Also, some coughing and wheezing still in the morning. Not as bad as before the surgery but still getting it and I was a little concerned.  I went to see my surgeon about 16 days for my post op appointment and told him my concerns.  He told me not to worry and that it can several weeks for the reflux to completely stop.  I told him that I've had food get stuck a few times and it was a little painful and I did get it down with some water.  It reminds me to chew my food more slowly.  The doc was glad to hear that I did get food stuck in the sense that the esophagus is still healing and the wrap is working like it's supposed to at this point in my recovery.  He instructed me to continue to take my ppi's for another 2 weeks and then stop.  He said a true indicator of successful the surgery was is whether are not I have heartburn once I stop the ppi's.  The meds have always stopped my heartburn before the surgery but I still had the reflux in the throat and the coughing and wheezing in the mornings.  I'm just hoping that this works because it has been a long 2 years for me and it was a tough decision for me to go through the surgery. 
I am recovering just fine physically from the surgery. I am able to burp. I have minimal pain. I have been on soft foods (mash potatoes, soft chicken and fish, eggs, etc.) since about day 3.  I haven't tried breads yet. My doc says I can start introducing normal foods into my diet now as long as I eat slow and chew the foods very finely.
I just want to get a good night's sleep and it's been about 2 years since I had one.  Now, I can definitely tell there is a difference. My reflux is not as severe but it still seems to be there. The coughing and wheezing in the mornings hasn't been as bad but I can still feel it a little in my lungs mainly in the mornings when I first wake up.  I'm praying that it improves and eventually goes away. I will keep you all posted. Any thoughts or suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks, Mike.

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   Posted 2/10/2014 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   

You are at the point in your recovery where it can be a big challenge. Things are around the peak swelling and that will cause some reflux type symptoms. Food can sit at the wrap site and cause irritation that feels like reflux too. Drink a little extra between bites and after eating to wash the food through the wrap.

What you are experiencing happens to just about everyone with this surgery.

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