One week in from Nissen Wrap

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   Posted 6/1/2014 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi I just thought I would share an update following my surgery 8 days ago. I remained in hospital for 5 days including the day of the op, initially was ok but I guess a lot of that was all the pain meds, swallowing was difficult but not terribly painful although due to, in my case already suffering dysphagia due to the GERD damage food now takes an age to go down, at first it made me panic when after only two mouthfuls of runny porridge I felt like I was full/choking. Panicking only makes it worse though as it makes your esophagus tighten up which increases the pain sharply. The trick is to realise it is normal and relax yourself to let it pass.

It's been a case of taking it slowly, you soon learn what goes down easily and what doesn't, although at present there is very little choice. Main foods have been the runny porridge, strained soups, a little creamed mash potato mixed with gravy, scrambled eggs. All these in very small quantities, a total meal might consist of about 6 - 8 spoonfuls taken slowly, 2 at a time with a break to let it down. Eating quickly and it gets backed up and starts to feel uncomfortable. I have had to learn to watch for the signs. So I am full after that and have to make sure I keep upright for half an hour or so to get comfortable again after. Wind builds up and whilst some people say they can't burp, I find that sometimes a little moving around and I manage to eventually release it but not everytime.

Last two days haven't been so good. Had a return of pain in my back and shoulders, this is from the gas build up in my body from the surgery (they pump you up with gas so as to be able to get in and do their job). It was bad the first 3 days then seemed to ease, but last night and today has been agony with it. If it's bad again tonight will be seeing my doctor in the morning for something stronger for the pain. Has also left me feeling quite sick, but luckily the anti-sickness meds they gave me seem to have dealt with that, although they not me out for a while after taking them.

So despite all this I am glad I had it done, amongst all this other stuff, not a sign of reflux, no heartburn, and lying down properly have begun to sleep better when not in pain. I knew there would be a recovery period, and I know it can go on a bit, but I am happy so far with everything despite the pains. They will ease and go in time. Can't wait to eat some of the things I haven't had in years because of the reflux.

So that's that, I know a lot of people share their experiences on here so I won't update this too often if much more as there are enough stories of peoples surgery/recovery around the web without another one. But if you are about to have or are considering surgery I hope this will prepare you a bit of what to expect, but remember we are all different and react differently so your experience may not be the same as mine or anyone else' but if you like me have been ruled by GERD for so long, then this is seriously worth it in my opinion.

Got to go now aching shoulders again. Best of everything to everyone.


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   Posted 6/2/2014 1:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi John,

Welcome to the yeah yeah yeahWrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah It sounds as if things are going well for you. It is a challenging recovery in the first couple of weeks, but gradually it begins to improve with time. I'm five and a half years post op, and have never looked back! In my case it was reflux causing my lungs/asthma to be uncontrollable. The surgery was a real godsend.

If you can get up and walk, it will help the shoulder pain. Walk, walk, walk, and it should really make a difference. I found the more I walked, the less pain I had, and visa versa. Unfortunately, pain meds didn't really help with the shoulder pain in my case.

During the next two to three weeks, your wrap will become increasingly more swollen, so don't be surprised if your swallowing gets worse before it gets better. The reason you feel full very quickly is that the top of your stomach is swollen, and it's the part that reports fullness to your brain. The brain interprets the swelling as fullness.

Listen to your body, and eat accordingly. As you said, small bites and chew, chew, chew. Wait in between swallows to allow the food to get into your stomach before taking another bite. A sip of water or warm tea will be helpful. No iced drinks ro straws. Warm tea is very helpful, as it relaxes the esophagus.

It sounds like you've got a great attitude. If you can surrender to your recovery and follow its lead, you'll do fine. It's those people who get frustrated and try to rush things that have a rough time. You can't rush this recovery, no matter how hard you'd like to try. Give your body permission to heal in its own sweet time, and trust that it will. It takes six months to a year for full healing, and I even found improvements into the second year. Bill, a moderator on the forum, says it's a marathon, not a sprint, and that is so true!

Hang in there! It gets better. I don't know if you've seen my early recovery journal, but just in case you missed it, here's the link:

Happy healing!

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