I was originally scheduled for my NF on 3/25 but my surgeon hurt his back and it was delayed. So I had it done last Monday 3/31. I was scheduled for 2 pm - went in at 4 pm. The surgeon told us that the procedure would take 2-4 hrs... Depending on the size of the Paraesophageal hernia and how difficult it was to pull down through my diaphragm. It took 5 hrs. Apparently, my hernia was much larger than it had shown up on the pre op tests( CT scan, endoscopy, esophageal motility and Barium swallow). He said that it was up behind my heart and was a bit stubborn to be pulled back down. Since I went in to surgery late in the day I was not back to my room until almost 11 pm. I had a bladder catheter, NG tube, IV and oxygen when I woke up. Was very afraid of nausea but didn't have any to speak of. .... Thank goodness. Had some expected back and shoulder pain. Stomach quite sore with 5 incisions. Surgeon used the DaVinci robot in the surgery and a 360 degree wrap ( I think). By morning I was up walking around the room and later in the halls.
I felt pretty beaten up the first post op day but it wasn't as bad as an
open incision abdominal surgery. They took the NG tube out and life was much better. Man that is one hard piece of plastic! Actually my sinuses have really hurt since surgery- don't know if that is relevant. Started with ice chips and was given the water cup with straw which I promptly discarded. Tolerated sips of clear liquids all day. Even swallowed a few pills ( my routine meds ). They felt like they got stuck in my lower esophagus but with enough water the feeling passed, eventually. The surgeon came in later that day and said I could go home. He said that he would , if he were me. ( He doesn't like the germs there and the longer you stay in the hospital the more complications - all true). However, I hadn't even been out of a 5 hr surgery for 24 hrs yet . I didn't quite feel ready to go home and the internist agreed that it would be best to wait until the next day since I had surgery so late. ( the surgeon didn't really get it , but everyone else did
So I walked the floor many more times, drank my clear liquids and switched to all meds in pill form.
I went home in less than 48 hrs
I am on full liquids now for a week then can progress to soft diet if I can tolerate it.
At one point in the hospital, I did have a severe burning that felt like it went all the way through my chest to my back. I remember others talking about
this and it did pass. This forum is so valuable and full of information. I am very thankful for everyone's input.
I am still on my Dexilant and may try to come off of it after my first post op appointment. My belly is much more distended today but I still need to go to the bathroom- haven't gone since day of surgery - 3 days, including today.