wrap done a day and a half ago

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squidwoman
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   Posted 5/8/2014 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

So a day and a half ago I finally got my wrap done. They did an anterior partial fundoplication.

The pain coming out of surgery was definitely worse than expected but I am starting to be able to function a little better. Still needing help getting in and out of bed.

Experiencing quite a bit of back pain and gas in my stomach. It's very strange getting used to eating such small amounts and so slowly.

Hoping to go home soon, about thirty hours away if I am managing.

Cheers guys :-)

Alcie
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   Posted 5/8/2014 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, squidwoman.

So glad you can get out of bed! Don't rush it. Stay as long as they will allow. Complications, if any, often don't show up the first day. Don't do anything at home if you have anyone to help. This is a major surgery and you need a vacation to recover best. It's hard to accept help, but do it anyway and enjoy it.

ldrunner
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   Posted 5/8/2014 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey, all the best! It sounds like you are doing great.
 
What country are you in btw, in the uk they wanted to kick me out the same day. I refused and left the next day... still too early as I couldn't walk but the hospital had temporary weekend staff in who made it very unpleasant.

squidwoman
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   Posted 5/8/2014 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Well the shoulder pain has set in, that is for sure. Feels like a pinched nerve, driving me mental.

Feeling quite bloated, runny liquids seem to be easiest to swallow, thicker things like yoghurt don't go down too well at this stage. Managed a shower today with the assistance of one of the nurses.

I couldn't imagine being sent home straight after this. My wrap was a little more involved due to having a bunch of mesh stitched into my diaphragm but not too much more than a normal procedure i imagine. You'd have to be mental to send someone home straight after the procedure, or even the next day to be honest. I'm findingg I still need help to walk to the bathroom, get up and back into bed or a chair. There is a heap of bruising and swelling between two of the incision points.

Anyway, thanks for replying guys. I am in Australia by the way :-)

ldrunner
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   Posted 5/9/2014 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
squidwoman said...
You'd have to be mental to send someone home straight after the procedure, or even the next day to be honest.


Yeah, my surgery was on a friday and an idiot NHS trainee surgeon thought I could get up and go. Then the next day, the temporary weekend staff - the leader of which was a very strange man, just plain strange - couldn't get it into their heads I needed more time as the surgeon had said I should have gone the day before. I even had to demand to see a doctor first as they wanted me to just get up and leave.

Classic conversation:
Strange nurse man: "you have to go"
Me: "I want to see a doctor"
Strange nurse man: "there are no doctors"
Me: "we're in a hospital, it's full of them"

I went home as I figured I might as well be miserable there than in a ward and I truly thought I was going to die I felt so bad. I woke up the next day and was surprised to be alive :) Honestly, I woke up and thought "wow"

Alcie
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   Posted 5/9/2014 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, dear squid! My surgeons don't use mesh. It often erodes into things like blood vessels or the trachea. My surgeons used my own tissue instead. Not sure where they got it from. When you go for a followup ask what to be aware of in case this happens. They'll probably poo-poo your fears, but it's a real thing.

ld, squid's got it right. It's terrible that they threw you out so soon.

jamosca
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   Posted 5/10/2014 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
In uk now due to advance laparoscopy especially in my area, these operations are now considered day surgeries. They operate then you go home. Just have to accept this is how the nhs operates now.i have recently been to see the surgeon last month and this is how he explained it. Actually it's better as lower risk of catching something else while in hospital .

ldrunner
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   Posted 5/11/2014 3:11 AM (GMT -6)   
jamosca said...
In uk now due to advance laparoscopy especially in my area, these operations are now considered day surgeries. They operate then you go home. Just have to accept this is how the nhs operates now.i have recently been to see the surgeon last month and this is how he explained it. Actually it's better as lower risk of catching something else while in hospital .


With respect, I don't agree with this at all. And I doubt the NHS has some secret laproscopic technique that is more advanced than that used in Australia or the US.

This stinks of a cost savings exercise.

squidwoman
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   Posted 5/11/2014 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
The mesh is pig collagen, so organic and In time will be replaced with my own tissue. Don't worry :-)

Day five. Well I Am having a hell Of a time swallowing things. Tiny spoonfuls of slush, sitting at just the right angle, enough time between each bite or it feels like it gets stuck and builds up on the way down. I'm getting used to it and realise that most of it is from swelling but it is still bloody irritating and painful. My upper back and shoulders ache still, feels like pinched nerves.

I am loving not having either reflux or nausea anymore. That is worth all these side effects for me.

Hope you are all well xx
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