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1039smooth
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   Posted 5/11/2014 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Did any of you limit your activities after your Nissen? As many know, I'm 9 months out and recently had a barium swallow. Everything checked out well. I had started to feel better, but I'm thinking I overdid it this weekend from simply doing a lot of moving around.

My wrap area is just bugging me today. Will it always get irritated? I guess I could still be healing to a degree.

Thanks in advance.

dencha
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   Posted 5/12/2014 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi 1039smooth,

At 9 months your body is still adjusting and finishing its healing process. Everyone is different, but it is not at all unusual to get wrap irritation during the first year or two. As time goes on, the problems become less and less frequent.

Any surgery takes a full year for healing. It is not forever! It's a trial and error thing--If you do/eat something that irritates your wrap, back off for a while. For the first year or two, if I ate too many salads, or a big dinner salad, my wrap would become irritated, and it would take a week or so to get it feeling better. This never happens now. It stopped happening sometime during or after year 2.

There is no set rule for all this. Each person's experience is unique. You know your body best.
Try not to get frustrated. Just listen to your body and you will do fine. Hang in there...it gets better!

Happy healing,
Denise

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ldrunner
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   Posted 5/13/2014 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
1039smooth said...
Did any of you limit your activities after your Nissen? As many know, I'm 9 months out and recently had a barium swallow. Everything checked out well. I had started to feel better, but I'm thinking I overdid it this weekend from simply doing a lot of moving around.

My wrap area is just bugging me today. Will it always get irritated? I guess I could still be healing to a degree.

Thanks in advance.


I'm 5 1/2 months out. Last week I went to the gym and hit the bags for the first time since the op. I was tickling them I was hitting them so lightly but God it felt great! Other boxers were politely ignoring me I was so lame :) Yesterday I went for a small run (a few 100 metres) and I was grinning like an idiot it felt so good.

I find I have to work out WAY WAY WAY lighter than I even think I'm capable of. Otherwise everything tightens up there and then, and the next day is terrible. Oh and after any light activity give yourself a break of several days - for me, 4 at least.

Walking and going up stairs is great exercise though. Walking doesn't affect my wrap at all, even up hill.

Here's to getting fit again!

1039smooth
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   Posted 5/13/2014 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, you two.

I just keep dreaming of the days where I can lift at least 75 pounds. ...just hope it's an attainable goal.
LapNissen Fundoplication, 8/9/13
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   Posted 5/13/2014 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
my recovery was atypical. I am a military retiree and for years prior to surgery I usually played tennis six days a week. When we had inclement weather, I usually went to our local mall and walked 3-5 vigorous miles every morning. While that is a boring activity, I not only lost a little weight but during the six weeks prior to surgery it also cleared my head and got my mind focused on God. You may not be a religious person but I was able to go from being nervous and up-tight about the operation to going into the operating room with a relaxed, clear mind.

Post surgery, I followed a soft, pureed diet religiously for three weeks. On the second day home--fourth day after surgery--my wife drove me to the mall and I walked a slow, cautious half-lap while she ate lunch. Subsequently, I began driving myself back to the mall every morning and over the next three weeks I kept increasing the distance until I could do three miles. At my three-week checkup the Surgeon cleared me to add solid food to my diet. I asked him when I could go back to playing tennis. He told me that I could play whenever I felt strong enough. So in the fourth week I gingerly began hitting easy balls over the net and doing light workouts. The next week I began playing normally. Within three months I played a super senior tennis tournament.

ldrunner
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   Posted 5/14/2014 2:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Retired Seabee said...
my recovery was atypical. I am a military retiree and for years prior to surgery I usually played tennis six days a week. When we had inclement weather, I usually went to our local mall and walked 3-5 vigorous miles every morning. While that is a boring activity, I not only lost a little weight but during the six weeks prior to surgery it also cleared my head and got my mind focused on God. You may not be a religious person but I was able to go from being nervous and up-tight about the operation to going into the operating room with a relaxed, clear mind.

Post surgery, I followed a soft, pureed diet religiously for three weeks. On the second day home--fourth day after surgery--my wife drove me to the mall and I walked a slow, cautious half-lap while she ate lunch. Subsequently, I began driving myself back to the mall every morning and over the next three weeks I kept increasing the distance until I could do three miles. At my three-week checkup the Surgeon cleared me to add solid food to my diet. I asked him when I could go back to playing tennis. He told me that I could play whenever I felt strong enough. So in the fourth week I gingerly began hitting easy balls over the net and doing light workouts. The next week I began playing normally. Within three months I played a super senior tennis tournament.


Respect, both for your military service and the planning and speed of your recovery.

All the best,

LD.

1039smooth
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   Posted 5/15/2014 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Seabee, what a wonderful story. I'm amazed and happy for you. I should be walking a lot more than I am. Part of my slow recovery is my own fault.
LapNissen Fundoplication, 8/9/13
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