Eating After Nissen Fundoplication

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mello1
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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 11/3/2014 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello - I am 2 1/2 months post surgery. I ate a lot of soup, broth, and other soft foods about a half a cup at a time. I am able now to eat more foods but don't want to over do it. Can I get suggestions of the quantity of food I should be eating now ? I am afraid to eat too much at a time and possibly stretch the wrap.

Alcie
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   Posted 11/4/2014 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, mello1.

You can google upmc post nissen diet for a pretty good diet, but it doesn't say much about amounts. Your doctor should have had you see a nutritionist before surgery.

I would suggest calling the doctor to ask. You could ask for an appointment with the nutritionist.

dencha
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   Posted 11/4/2014 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mello!

I can't remember if I already did this, but just in case I haven't, welcome to the Healing Well yeah yeah yeah Wrapped Club! yeah yeah yeah Alcie's suggestion that you call your surgeon is a good one. It's possible that you might just be told to listen to your body.

If you're one who tends to eat too much, then regret it because it creates discomfort, I'd suggest that you continue to measure your food intake, but just increase it gradually until you reach a point where you're at a comfortable level.

I didn't actually do any measuring. Instead I ate very slowly, took small bites, and chew, chew, chewed my food until it was a liquid consistency. Eating slowly allowed my brain to receive the "full" signal in plenty of time to avoid over-stuffing.

You are right to be aware of the fact that you don't want to over fill your stomach and put undue pressure on your healing wrap. You can have some real discomfort if you do, and it takes time for it to empty enough to find relief.

After a Nissen you'll always want to eat more slowly, and chew your food more carefully. You've had an unnatural barrier constructed to keep your stomach contents where they belong. You're used to eating with a much too relaxed LES, which is why you needed the surgery. You'll have to get used to the resistance your new wrap will present.

The possibility of bloating is also increased--especially during recovery. Sometimes your fullness is related to gas that can't escape up the esophagus any more. Be sure to watch your eating of gassy foods. I found BEANO helpful with vegetable gas. I chewed three tablets just before eating things that are known gas-producers.

Good luck finding that perfect balance! You can do this!
Happy healing,
Denise

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