Pain in left abdomen after fundoplication.

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   Posted 8/12/2014 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had fundoplication and hiatal hernia repair 1 and a half years ago. I have been trying to do a lot of different activities since recovery but I seem to get pain on the left side of the abdomen easily. The doctor say it's caused by the stretching of the wrap and will go away if I cut back on activities that will put strain near there.

However, the activities that I did were actually not really strenuous. Activities like walking long distance with a light bag will cause it. Or sitting down playing a guitar for long will cause discomfort too.

Anyone else encounter this? I really want to go back to exercising, but even lifting 5kg weights will cause pain for 2-3 days.

I find it really hindering my life and I am really worried the wrap will come loose too. Someone who has fundoplication please help!!!

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   Posted 8/13/2014 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Riser,

Welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeahWrap Club! yeah yeah yeah I had my surgery in February 2009, so have a few more years of healing behind me. I didn't have the type of problem you're describing, but there were quirks including occasional sharp pains that gradually resolved over time.

I used to get a pain at the wrap site that would wake me out of a sound sleep when I slept on my left side instead of my back. This pain would go away as soon as I changed positions. This problem has disappeared, but not until a couple of years into my recovery.

There are adhesions that can form after organs are handled during surgery, and in order to reach the surgical site during our fundoplication surgery, organs were moved out of the way. I'm no doctor, and can't diagnose your pain, but it is a possibility. Here's a link to information about adhesions: You might find it helpful.

It is true that certain physical activities can cause pain post-op. While it seems that a year and a half should be ample time for healing, but in reality, it's very possible that you're going to continue to experience improvements over then next year as I did. If you can try to adapt your exercise/activity routine to avoid the pain, it could be helpful.

Good luck getting to the bottom of your problem!
Best wishes,

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   Posted 8/17/2014 1:01 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the reply. Hmm. The doctor did say the scars might be the ones causing pain. It might take 6 months for it to go away.

I would like to know more how you managed the wrap. Like do you feel uncomfortable when bending down for too long? What is the heaviest load you can carry? Have you tried lifting weights? Even if it's light.

Another question I want to ask. I just recovered from a bad infection and noticed a lot of phlegm in my throat just after I eat. It will go away after 15-20 mins, which caused me to wonder if it's caused by reflux? I didn't feel heartburn though.
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