Nissan surgery 27th February 2014

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Cidermilljulia
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   Posted 3/3/2014 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have only just found this site and am so relieved to have done so. I had my surgery done by nhs in Surrey and before was given a single page indicating a liquid diet for first two weeks post surgery, a soft diet for next two weeks and beginning to return to normal after that.

When I awoke from the anaesthetic I was worried about the unbearable pain around my neck and in my left shoulder, which has eventually led me to this site. The nurse said it was because they blow you with air in the operation but it would have been nice to be warned in advance.

I am writing this with heat pad on my left shoulder, which helps a lot. The pain gets much worse if I take a deep breath, so I think it must be linked to my diaphragm.

Everything else is going very well. The consultant told me to stop my reflux meds so that they could see if the surgery had worked, and so far I have had no problems.

As somebody else has already said The hospital diet was not suitable as they came round with the sandwiches after surgery and gave me orange juice with a straw for breakfast.

So now four days in, can anyone tell me when the shoulder pain will go?

TonyG
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   Posted 3/3/2014 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum!

The shoulder and neck pain should go after a few days...maybe a week. Walking and trying to stay as active as you can will help resolve that pain quicker than being sedentary all day long. The key to your recovery is to watch your diet carefully and to listen to your body. It might seem difficult to be active now, but even getting up and taking a short walk around your home will be helpful as activity will help the gas dissipate faster from the muscles in your shoulder and neck.

Ask as many questions as you'd like...that's what we're here for!

Be well and take care,
-TonyG-
-TonyG-
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/3/2014 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Cidermilljulia

Welcome to Healing Well and the Wrapped Club!

To go along with the heating pad on the shoulder, it and ice can help with any swelling and pain on your belly as well.

A thing to remember with this surgery is it is a slow recovery, be patient. When eating keep meals small, 1/4 to 1/2 cup, 4 to 6 times a day. Chew everything very well, to a liquid if possible. Stay way from soft bread and solid meat for several weeks. Toasted bread and ground meats are easier to get past the wrap while it's swollen and healing.

If food does get stuck at the wrap, relax and sit up very straight or stand up. If that doesn't work take a small drink and wait for it to go down. It may take a couple drinks or so to get it through.

Expect things to get worse around the 2 to 3 week point. The wrap area will continue to swell and usually peaks about this time.

Check out the various recovery threads and the resources thread at the top of the forum.

Take care,
Bill
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Cidermilljulia
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   Posted 3/7/2014 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your reply. Can I say to anyone that is reading this that you must believe these guys and that the pain in the left shoulder from the CO2 used to inflate the area for the op really (a) does hurt a lot and make you believe there is a trapped nerve or something and (b) really does get better every day.

I also found that walking, although painful at first, really helped. I also ordered an electric heated shoulder pad from Amazon which is fantastic - cuts out after 90 mns so I can go to sleep with it plugged in.

So I have reached the end of one week point and still keeping firmly to liquids, working my way through every variety of canned soup and lots of home made smoothies!!

TonyG
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   Posted 3/7/2014 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations on making it this far! Every day will get better as long as you stick to your diet and don't try and rush things along. Once I hit the second week, I added oatmeal, milkshakes, yogurt and pudding to my diet. I would make the oatmeal very thin and use applesauce to give it some flavor but also helped me feel full faster and for longer periods. Mashing up a banana worked really well in the oatmeal, too.

Best,
-TonyG-
-TonyG-
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!

Cidermilljulia
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   Posted 3/22/2014 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
turn
now three weeks after being wrapped and fInding this site so useful so thank you so much.

my question is does anyone know which remedies will not upset everything else but will help with constipation? I have only been a couple of times in the last three weeks so very bunged up .

Doolittle54
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   Posted 3/22/2014 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi
I'd had a chronic cough that no Dr seemed to be able to sort out. Finally got a good group and after all the procedures, Endoscopy, Esophagram and a failed Manemotry, I had my Nissen wrap and hernia repair on 18 Dec 2013, with 5 incisions. I was told my esophagus was so burned from GERD that had we not caught this when we did it could have turned into Cancer. I have good days and bad days. Most days, I suppose where the wrap is, I feel there is a large lump that's very uncomfortable when sitting so I have to sit up straight most the time, it really is quite annoying. The healing process is very frustrating in that I'm my own worst enemy as I just can't sit still, I have to be in my garden and get caught up in what I'm doing and it's not until later I realize I shouldn't have picked up that heavy plant!! I've done this a few times and worry what I've done to myself so I rest for a few days as I'm very sore. Yes, I know it's really stupid!
After one week, the surgeon said I could eat anything I wanted, then after 6 weeks I was cleared to eat red meat but still haven't eaten a hamburger or a (small) steak as I don't feel I can handle it. I usually drink a protein drink in the morning, maybe half a sandwich for lunch, and fish, chicken with rice or sometimes a slice of pizza for early dinner. I'm only eating half of what I used to. I've lost 16lbs. I don't snack anymore and I don't eat chocolate only because I want to keep the weight off! I still have a little bit of a cough but use TUMS sometimes and have no need for my Asthma medication anymore. I'm glad I had the operation but the healing process is getting me down and wish I could fast forward to December 2014!

Sleepyb
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   Posted 3/23/2014 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Cydermilljulia, hi.
Try prune juice. And walk.
The prune juice is not very tasty, but it works, and quickly. Very quickly...

Cidermilljulia
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   Posted 3/24/2014 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks - tried the prune juice, but it just seems to create even more wind!!!

Wendy Workout
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   Posted 3/24/2014 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery the day after you. I use my sons PEGG solution. You can buy it at any drug store but walmart was cheapest. I added in my Metamucil. Neither flare up my gas or bloating. I had to use a suppository a week after surgery to get things moving though. I was back on pain meds this past weekend for a complication so bunged up again. Good luck!

Debra

Cidermilljulia
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   Posted 3/24/2014 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Debra. Many thanks, will give it a try. Must say other than being bunged up, so far I have been so lucky. No pain once the shoulder pain went and since I am a very slow eater anyway I have not had any problems with food.

Have lost a few pounds, which was fine.

Hope your complications are now resolved.

hurtmom2
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   Posted 3/25/2014 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a child that had this surgery at a year of age. She is now having complications 9 years later . I cant seem to get anyone to listen about her ever growing pain in the last year that has become almost persistant every day . It is affecting her sleep, everday activities such as school and her hapiness in general. She is trooper but I feel almost hopeless to help her pain . What tests can be done to see if maybe the nissan fundoplication failed or is constricting her her esophagus and causing this pain ? She has seen many doctors that dont seem be concerned and just prescribe medicine as the cure all. For the rest of her life ? Does not seem logical to me .

opnwhl4
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   Posted 3/25/2014 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hurtmom2

Welcome to Healing Well.

A barium swallow and/or manometry will be able to show if the wrap has come undone or slipped.

Take care,
Bill
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