List of Foods/Liquids/Meds/Supplements to buy for post Hernia surgery repair and nissen wrap

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   Posted 10/25/2014 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,

I've posted here a couple of times. I'm having my surgery on October 30th. I live alone and I'm trying to prepare as much as possible for things I should have around after surgery. My friends will be helping out but they work so I want to make sure I have what I need.

This site has been so helpful. I've seen a lot of recommendations for foods/liquids you can consume after surgery. I was going to put together a list to combine in one place all the recommendations but wanted to check here to see if anyone has a list? Or know where I can find such a list? Thanks in advance for any responses.


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   Posted 10/25/2014 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I found what I'm looking for under GERD Resources. Sorry for the post.

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   Posted 10/25/2014 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck for the surgery, do let us know how you get on!

All the best


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   Posted 10/25/2014 10:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you. I want to give frequent updates. I'm so happy to have an on-line support group like this one.

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   Posted 10/26/2014 5:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with the surgery.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 10/26/2014 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Healthy2014, want to wish you the best outcome ever. This forum has a lot of good information and will be here for you post surgery recovery. Let us know how you are. The best thing I could tell you now is to contact the surgeons office and ask for his/her pre- printed post surgery food list and when to start the items. They do hand it out. (Help you to buy in advance to have on hand.). Most are kinda particular about their patient following it It seems like this handout is lacking . (Don't forget a blender-- or borrow one-- you will use it to get more nutrition in you in a liquified way.

You will hear differently from other members but I feel not rushing to eat all those missed foods will help your healing. Let your body heal at its own pace. Chew, chew everything well, follow his/her
eating plan. Wish you well. Stay in touch. Pat

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   Posted 10/26/2014 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I will definitely have the blender dusted off and ready to go.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 10/26/2014 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
When you get a chance, don't forget to visit the topic "for successful fundoplication members" on our forum. I feel it won't be long before you add your comments there too.

Kind regards.

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   Posted 10/27/2014 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Healthy2014,

Best wishes for your upcoming surgery! We'll be here to welcome you to the Wrapped Club when you post once you're feeling up to it!

Glad you found helpful information in the Resources section! Please be sure to ask any specific questions that might come up. The main thing you need to know is that the first couple of weeks are the toughest. Don't worry that it's going to be like that forever! If you expect it to be challenging, you might (like me) find it better than the horrible expectations you might be planning for! If you've been in the Resources section, you may have already read my early recovery journal, but just in case, here it is:

If you can surrender to your recovery and "go with the flow", you'll find it much easier to cope with it. Give your body permission to take the time it needs to recover. It takes a full six months for most of the healing, and a year for the rest. I found improvements into the second year. Don't worry that symptoms (I call them "quirks") that might persist a little longer will always be there. Everyone is different, and bodies heal differently. Trust that it will all work out in the end.

Keep in mind that most people don't continue to post here or other places on the internet once they've healing and gotten on with their lives. Most of the difficult post-op symptoms you read about here will resolve with time.

Of course, there are some symptoms that can persist. There are times when certain symptoms are not related to reflux, and those will not be fixed by surgery. In my case, it is a reactive stomach. It doesn't take much to get it inflamed, and I still deal with that. On the positive side, when I get gastritis I no longer have a problem with increased reflux that pre-op caused painful esophagitis that took months to heal, and caused my asthma to become uncontrollable. To no longer suffer those symptoms means my surgery has been a huge success!

Every surgeon has his/her own eating protocol. Mine was very liberal. He allowed me to use my teeth/mouth as a blender, and set me free to eat "anything that could be chewed to a liquid" starting at about Day 6. I took small bites and chew, chew, chewed my foods carefully. Anything that didn't chew to a liquid was deposited discreetly in a handy paper napkin. It worked so well for me that I used very little of the applesauce, squash, etc. that I prepared before my surgery. I never even opened the package of Carnation Instant Breakfast.

This isn't to say that my swallowing wasn't very quirky and at times painful during the first two weeks. My surgeon told me that my swallowing would get worse during the first two weeks as my wrap became increasingly more swollen. Once peak swelling was reached sometime around the two week mark things began to improve. You'll probably want to stick with very soft foods and soups for a while. Just listen to your body. It will tell you what works. There is no one size fits all formula.

Stay away from carbonated beverages and straws, as they increase air/bloating in the stomach. Also, watch out for gassy vegetables. Even if they're blended, they can cause gas. I found BEANO was helpful during the first year. I chewed 3 chewable BEANO tablets just before eating anything gassy, and it helped keep the gas from being produced.

Another thing to avoid is iced drinks. Drink your liquids as close to room temperature as you can. Iced drinks can cause painful spasms. Actually, when you have swallowing issues, warm beverages can relax things and make them easier.

One other thing comes to mind. Generally there is one incision/port--usually in the rib area--that was the one that was used for manipulating surgical tools. That is the incision that will be the last to feel better. If that happens to you, ice is a great tool. If you haven't purchased liquid Tylenol, do that. You won't want to use the heavy duty pain meds during the day for very long. You'll likely want them at night longer. Everything hurts more in the dark!

Again, good luck with your surgery! You'll do great!

Best wishes,

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