I will try to answer your questions the best I can...I am assuming you are talking about
once the healing has been completed, and you're back to your normal self. My surgery was in February 2009. Here goes! Did you anticipate being able to eat pretty much anything? Anytime?
How about carbonated beverages, chocolate, alcohol. Did you feel you would be able to consume them? I anticipated that once I had completed the healing process I would still have to drink carbonated beverages sparingly. I expected that I would be able to consume alcohol and chocolate in moderation.
I anticipated eating pretty much anything, and any time, within reason. I figured I would still have to avoid overstuffing my stomach.
My actual experience has been great. I can drink carbonated beverages...I don't drink soda much but certainly do. I can also drink beer and other alcoholic beverages without a problem. The one caveat is champagne. I drank three glasses in celebration of my son's engagement, and ended up with some uncomfortable bloating.
I can eat whatever I want to eat. I will say that I still need to eat more slowly and chew my food more thoroughly than pre-wrap.How about bread and steak and rich deserts!I am able to eat all bread, steaks, and rich desserts. Have you been able to consume with abandon?Yes, I consume with abandon. I will say I have a sensitive stomach, and sometimes certain foods or medication can irritate it. This was a condition that I had prior to the surgery, and didn't expect it would disappear, as it had nothing to do with the issues the surgery was designed to cure.What did your surgeon tell you? (Or promise).The surgeon warned me about foods I should avoid during recovery, and said to avoid steak and untoasted bread for about 8 weeks. He told me I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid as I was recovering, but did not indicate any restrictions or promises post-healing. Did you feel you would be able to perform routine heavy lifting and sports and lift weights? When I asked my surgeon about lifting restrictions, he told me that once healed I could lift anything I could lift pre-surgery. That said, I don't have a very strong core, and I had a couple times when I was lifting a box of heavy books and felt pain at the wrap site. After that I tried to be more careful. I'm not a weight lifter, obviously, and I expect that if I were lifting prior to surgery, I would be able to handle heavier things now. I do think that people without strong core muscles should be careful with lifting post-Nissen, but that's just a personal opinion.I've been approached by a friend that states that most post surgical members haven't been able to do these things even a year after surgery. I've gone back and read entries. What do y'all think about this? Were we expecting too much ? I've participated in this forum since shortly before my surgery in February 2009. Most people post while they're healing and go off and live their lives. A few of our friends are kind enough to come back and check in to let us know how things are going for them once they have healed. Those people I've kept in contact with have been able to resume their lives and enjoy eating foods they couldn't eat prior to their surgery.
Sometimes healing takes longer than a year. There are adjustments to the changes that take longer for the body. I had improvements into the second year. Nobody who knows me now would think that I have any restrictions in my diet. I can eat anything anybody who hasn't had a Nissen can eat. I'm a foodie, and love to eat. I enjoy all kinds of foods and have no problem enjoying them.
I hope that helps with your search for answers!Good luck!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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Post Edited (dencha) : 9/8/2014 8:19:59 PM (GMT-6)