6 weeks after fundoplication surgery

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SEW LADY
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   Posted 3/5/2014 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 6 weeks after my surgery and still having a lot of discomfort after I eat. Has anyone else had this same problem?? I am on soft, mushy food, eat small amount, chew completely, and eat slow. Can't figure out what else to do. Would appreciate knowing if others have experienced the same thing.

LPR-X-CON
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   Posted 3/6/2014 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Can you expand on your discomfort? perhaps give some more detail? Also what kind of wrap did you get?

SEW LADY
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   Posted 3/6/2014 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a full Nissen wrap. The discomfort is a pressure that I feel under my ribs right where the wrap is. I start in the morning with a nutrition drink and the discomfort lasts until I need to eat again.

Baza
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   Posted 3/6/2014 7:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi SEW Lady, im sure you've read this before but six weeks is still very early in your recovery.You can experience all sorts of problems in the early weeks,all you can do is ride it out.Things will settle down in time.Your doing all the right things.Barry

SEW LADY
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   Posted 3/6/2014 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks! I just needed to know this was normal. Seems like some members of the forum are back to normal by now. Have a great day!

Baza
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   Posted 3/6/2014 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,everyone heals differently with this operation.I would say 3 to 4 months before you see a difference,thats from personal experience and reading other members posts for a few years. Hope you get well soon! Barry

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   Posted 3/7/2014 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
SEW LADY

Welcome to Healing Well and the Wrapped Club!

As Baza said, you are still early in your recovery and it's completely normal. Hang in there it does get better.

Take care,
Bill
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dencha
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   Posted 3/7/2014 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi SEW LADY,

Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah As Baza and Bill said, six weeks is very early in your recovery. It takes six MONTHS for most of the healing, and a year for the rest. I even found improvements after a year.

As Baza said, the discomfort you're feeling now will begin to subside with some more time. Still, keep chewing your food very carefully. You can try some other non-soft foods, as long as you take small bites and chew, chew, chew, until whatever it is becomes a liquid/creamy consistency. Don't swallow things that have chunks.

Sips of room temperature water/and or tea will help calm the esophagus and help things move more easily. The extra swallows that these sips encourage will also help get things through.

You will always have to eat more slowly and chew your foods more thoroughly now that you've been wrapped--even when fully healed. That wrap that was created to keep acid in your stomach, is also making it more difficult to get food into it. It's a normal thing, and as someone who's five years post op, I can tell you it's no big deal, and well worth the positives of the surgery.

Glad you've joined the forum! It's a great place to ask questions and receive support! I found it shortly before my surgery, and have stayed on to help others who are seeking help the way I did. It's a great place with many helpful and supportive members!

Happy healing!
Denise

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