Nissen Fundoplication post surgery advice.

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Boochick
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Date Joined Jul 2014
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   Posted 7/27/2014 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this. I'm 14 days post nissen fundoplication. I am having trouble sitting up straight, it's like I have a ball under my breast bone. And I'm putting pressure on it. Does anyone experience this? Also, I see the surgeon on Thursday for follow up I'm still not feeling well. What is the typical time for recovery and when do they release you to go back to work. I have a desk/ office job so not being able to sit up for long periods and the extreme fatigue that I feel concerns me for going back yet. However, I'm anxious to feel better and get back. Can someone tell me when this is possible? Thanks!!

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James_a
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   Posted 7/27/2014 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

please could you change or give your thread a title with fundoplication in it, so people who have had the operation can help you.


I have not had the operation, but generally it takes 6 weeks to heal initially and up to 6 months before you and the fundoplication adjust to each other.

I presume then pressure you are feeling is pressure on the wrap by your chest cavity, but this is at best a guess. Please wait for others or consult your surgeon immediately if possible.

good luck.

Wowsuchdrum
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   Posted 7/28/2014 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Boochick.

I had my Nissen Fundoplication on the 15th of April of this year, so I am over 3 months post-op.

The first 3 to 4 weeks, your wrap will be swollen, and this could be longer if you are older. This is most likely giving you the feeling of a ball under your breastbone. Hang tight, this is not uncommon.

As for recovery, It is not uncommon for folks to go as much as 10 weeks to several months (4+) to start fully adjusting. Recovery is like a fingerprint, it is unique to you and different for everyone else. You are safe to go back to work when you feel you can work comfortably with minimal problems. But, like I said recovery is like a fingerprint.

I was able to go back to school after 1 week but not without pain and significant fatigue. I would have to frequently catch my breath in the hallways and walk slow.

Just take it easy and keep your eyes on the prize. The first few weeks are the weeks where anything can happen. You are recovering!

Stay safe and smart and good luck!

Boochick
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   Posted 7/28/2014 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much!!! It's so slow going and I was so happy to find this forum out here because I knew nobody who had this. I am just anxious to feel better! Thank you again. :-).
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