Welcome to the Healing Well
Sorry to hear about
your worries! I don't think you need to be concerned that your wrap hasn't held. While it's not ideal to retch or vomit after surgery (especially immediately after, as you did), you were under medical care and were treated immediately to stop further stress on the wrap/diaphragm. When your very experienced Nissen surgeon repaired your diaphragm/hernia and stitched the Nissen flap, there is no doubt he/she created a very strong repair.
Like you, I feared my wrap had been damaged in the early stages of recovery because I had a lung infection before, during, and after my surgery, and coughed strenuously and continuously during my recovery. I didn't have a choice...I have asthma, and had a lung infection, and I had to cough.
Thankfully, all was well. I had also been taking high doses of steroids and my internal tissue was very fragile as a result, which put me even more at risk. Still it held, and all is well. This was five and a half years ago.
The shoulder pain is very likely referred pain from your diaphragm repair. This is a very common side effect of the surgery, and is helped by walking a lot. I found that the more I walked, the less my shoulder hurt.
Be sure to keep anti-nausea drugs handy even after you're fully healed. I keep them with me always. I have Zofran for milder nausea, and Compazine suppositories for stomach/vomiting bugs. (I've had 3 bouts of stomach viruses in the five and a half years since my surgery. Each time I vomited once because it snuck up on me, but the Compazine stopped any further vomiting.)
You are in the second month of a recovery that takes six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. The symptoms you're describing are very typical. Hang in there...with time, you will become more comfortable, and you'll be able to eat more without problem. Just keep chew, chew, chewing your food very thoroughly. It should be a smooth, creamy consistency before you swallow it. You'll always have to chew your food more completely, but now it's even more important.
Stick around and ask any questions that come to mind. Just don't worry about
your wrap. It'll be fine! Just give your body a chance to heal in its own sweet time.Happy healing,
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Post Edited (dencha) : 7/21/2014 7:36:31 PM (GMT-6)