Nissen Fundoplication Surgery - 2 weeks In

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Ruby2uesday
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Date Joined Nov 2014
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   Posted 11/6/2014 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!

I am new to the forum. My name is Ruby and I had the procedure done on the 24th of October.

I can't remember a time when I have not had issues with Heartburn and Acid Reflux but finally now that I'm in my 50's I find I don't have patience for dealing with health issues so when my doctor suggested the surgery I have to admit that I jumped right in. I've been overweight for the last 20 years or so and I'm sure that did not help because I am an admitted food addict. I eat for pleasure not because I'm hungry. This caused a lot of my stomach problems I'm sure.

I had the surgery on Friday the 24th and was released from the hospital on the 26th. I had no complications and was sent home with pain medication and instructions to stay on a liquid diet for a week. I followed the instructions to the letter and now two weeks after I'm feeling pretty good. I"m eating soft foods such as macaroni & cheese, eggs, mashed potatoes, pretty much anything that is soft and I can chew real well before I swallow. I've had no return of the awful Acid Reflux that caused me to have to sleep on three pillows and wake up all night long popping TUMS.

I'm curious about other people's eating habits. As I said before I am a food addict. Pretty much think of someone on heroin or cocaine and throw about 200 more pounds on them and a pizza slice in their hand. lol thats me. The week on the liquid diet went pretty smoothly which surprised me. At this point at the end of week two I can only eat about a half a cup of food at a time. The information from the doctor and the information online that I've gleaned are pretty criss crossed. The one thing they all agree on is that I should eat 6-8 small meals a day. I started that today because my family is worried that I'm not eating enough. This week a regular day would be an ensure for breakfast, maybe a half cup of mashed potatoes for dinner and some crackers before I went to bed. This has made me very weak but I have absolutely no appetite. I think its because I know that I can't revel in the food the way I used to plus I'm afraid of busting my stitches! I have already in two weeks lost 17 lbs. I eat just a couple of spoonfuls and I'm already full. Is this normal? Also I can't really tell when I'm hungry, I don't get normal hunger pains. One other thing is that I read you shouldn't drink with your meals because it will stretch your stomach. I find this difficult because I like to wash my food down. Tonight my friends went to our favorite all you can eat crab night at the casino. I didn't go because why pay 28 dollars and only eat a half of cup of food? They teased me and said no more buffets for me... Is that true? Will I always just be able to eat a half a cup of food at a time?

Thanks in advance for anyone willing to give me some feedback.

Noordwyk
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   Posted 11/7/2014 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I had my Nissen on the 25th October so one day after you. I have been eating the following:
Small bottle of Actimel (probiotic drink) on waking
Breakfast - porridge (half bowl)
Mid morning - peach mousse
Lunch/mid afternoon - soup or Strawberry Complan (mix only half)
Supper - mashed sweet potato with gravy OR creamed rice pudding (half bowl)
I have been drinking apple or grape juice and the occasional fruit smoothie or Horlicks
Some days I eat less as I find I am full.
I have so far lost 2.5kg
I have no problems swallowing so do feel I should now start introducing other foods, May try tuna mayo today.
However I was constipated for a week and have had some stomach cramping this week.
I was not given a diet sheet from the hospital just told to have a liquid/soft diet and not to eat bread for at least six weeks so I have just been Googling post Nissen diets and using this very useful forum.

poothie
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   Posted 11/7/2014 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Trina Dyas and I am new to the forum also. I had my TIF surgery on October 22nd which puts me 3 weeks into my recovery. I have started on my smooth part of the diet and I eat mashed potatoes, egg white omelet with a little white cheese, smoothies, yogurt, and for breakfast sometimes I eat grits.  I drink apple and grape juice, and decaf coffee. I have even tried small amounts of Tilapia chopped up really well and chewed until it feels like muse in my mouth. I'm still taking my meds because the doctor said I've taken them so long they want to wen me from them, a little at a time.      

poothie
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   Posted 11/7/2014 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Ruby I would hold off on the pizza to around the 10th week.

poothie
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   Posted 11/7/2014 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on your weight loss Ruby. I have only lost around 10 pounds. I think this is a great opportunity for our eating habits to change and loss weight at the same time. What do you ladies think?

healthy2014
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   Posted 11/7/2014 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my surgery on the 30th. Day 1 and 2 hardly any appetite. Now I have an appetite but can't eat a lot at one time. I have a small snack when I'm hungry. I am 50 lbs overweight and would love a piece of pizza you name it. But this is only temporary (only eating certain foods). As for the quantity, I'm not sure about. I would imagine it has to increase once you heal more and more. The weight loss is welcome to me because I have been trying for years and not been successful. I gained 8 lbs in the 24 hours I was in the hospital. I have lost the 8 plus another 6. Since, you are not eating a lot, you may want to make some green powder with lots of vitamins and add to a smoothie.

Ruby2uesday
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   Posted 11/7/2014 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Poothie, I don't think I'll be eating pizza anytime soon. lol Sounds like we might be losing weight. My doctor said that most people lose about 20 lbs but often gain it all back. I'm hoping to keep my weight loss going.

Norddwyk, How did the Tuna go? I am eating pretty much normal food now except that I chew it up really really well and take very tiny bites. I have stopped drinking and eating at the same time. Where are you from?

Healthy2014 I to am overweight. I have lost 20lbs so far and hope that if I continue to measure my food out by the half cups maybe I will lose more weight. Its actually a lot of pressure because everybody at my job is convinced I will come back skinny! Skinny? I think not.

To all: Thank you for replying its nice to hear others experiences so I know if things are going well.

healthy2014
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   Posted 11/12/2014 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Ruby - how's the eating/healing going? I'm eating more and more slowly. Still not a lot of food but my weight loss has stalled.

Ruby2uesday
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   Posted 11/13/2014 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm eating a little bit more to tell you the truth. I am trying to keep to 4 to 6 small meals a day. I've lost about 22 lbs so far. I'm really hoping to keep losing weight, I saw the doctor a couple of days ago and he said that as long as I continue limiting my meals to 1/2 cup or so per meal I won't stretch my stomach out. I've even managed to eat out and not overeat which is amazing for me. We went out to eat today at one of our favorite places. Before surgery I would have eaten two large egg rolls with peanut sauce then a huge bowl of Meat, Vegetables and Noodles. I would then follow that up with a huge desert. Not to mention about two or three glasses of diet coke while eating. Today I had no egg rolls, no peanut sauce, spooned out about a half cup of noodles and meat onto a smaller plate. Ate that and I was stuffed. I don't drink anymore when I eat because I heard it stretches out your stomach. I wait at least an hour before I drink anything. I try to eat every three hours but sometimes I'm still to full.

Thats how I'm doing. I hope everyone else is doing well.

My doctor is scheduling an Endoscopy in the next four weeks to see how I'm healing. Is anyone else having this scheduled as well?

MyUniqueMe
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   Posted 11/14/2014 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ruby,
I'm three weeks out from my Posterior Wrap. A couple of things I wanted to ask/mention from your posts.

I asked specifically if there would be any scheduled follow up procedures/tests to see how things are going and my surgeon said absolutely not, why rock an undisturbed boat, assuming things are going well.

I saw my doc yesterday. He asked me to stay on the soft side of food for the foreseeable future. So long as I'm eating high protein, softer foods then I'm to eat at my leisure, which right now is about every 3 hours. Sometimes it's because I'm a little hungry, sometimes because I know it's been long enough. I drink a lot of milk/chocolate milk (YES chocolate, my surgeon waved that off as a concern) cottage cheese, cheese, eggs in any palatable form, egg salad, tuna salad, saltine crackers, triscuit crackers, anything dry and crispy that will chew to mush. I even braved a little super soft and tender dark meat chicken.

I think the MOST important thing, which I don't see talked about too often is HYDRATION. I sip all day long, it became a habit after my gastric surgery in 2005. I probably drink 60-80 oz of fluids a day in the form of water or crystal light iced tea really watered down. Keeping hydrated is critical on so many levels but one plus of it is it means I NEVER get really hungry and I eat on schedule because it's time, nothing more. Sometimes I'm too full from drinking to really eat at all. I know it's not the norm, but it works for me, so glean from it what works for you! =)

The two requests my Surgeon made of me moving forward for the next 6 weeks is: Continue to sleep at an angle of no less than 30 degrees. I try not to lay flat at all. That's so that the scar tissue that forms will always be pulling downward as it forms. Secondly, he just emphasized: DO NOT OVEREAT, do not push the limits of your new tummy, do not risk rupturing/stretching things out and undoing all I've been through.

So those are my thoughts! Long eh?

Be safe!

Tami

Ruby2uesday
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   Posted 11/16/2014 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tami!

Thanks for your update. I wonder why my surgeon is insisting on another END in just a few weeks? Hmmmm I guess everyone does it different.

I'm really glad you talked about Hydration. I am bad about remembering to drink enough and now that I've stopped drinking with eating I have to make a serious effort to drink. I too drink the crystal light tea watered down, it just tastes good to me. Better than water, our water just tastes bad and I don't like the idea of buying bottled water. I've also started a schedule. I eat every 3 hours and wait at least an hour after I eat to drink anything.

Keep up the good work!
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