Nissen fundoplication Surgery recovery one week later

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eliramon
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   Posted 5/23/2017 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I had this procedure on may 10 2017 after surgery i was not able to drink anything for hours but was still having belching a lot I advice the doctor when he come into release me for the day after the surgery I was still belching he claim it would go away... so today may 23 2017 less then two week after the surgery I email my surgeon and advice him I was still having the same symptoms a week later a lot of belching still is this common to be still experience and am I out of my mind by his reply and he said he was not sure may get better over time since it is so close to the surgery I am little concern if I need to see another doctor to get the proper respond !

Post Edited (eliramon) : 5/24/2017 5:28:43 PM (GMT-6)


Ltcwalker1
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   Posted 5/23/2017 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm having surgery on June 5th and I'm sorry eliramon that you are having this issue. If I was you i would seek another doctor to get another's opinion. So are you able to eat now? And what should I expect after the surgery?

eliramon
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   Posted 5/23/2017 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I was on liquid diet for about 7 days but after that trying to go back to normal eating somethings to do not taste the same and I having trouble consuming milk do not set right with my stomach since the surgery am member of kaiser and having the hardest time today getting the help with my followup not sure what am going to do at this point

SharonZ
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   Posted 5/24/2017 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Eliramon:

I'm not sure if your surgeon discussed what your recovery would be like, but I was not able to go back to normal eating for quite a while. I also found that dairy products were an issue after surgery, you might want to avoid them for a while. You just had major surgery, and you should expect a number of different symptoms. If by burgling you mean gas, it is also quite common. You might want to read some of the recovery journals on this Forum, so you can get an idea what to expect and what other members experienced during their recovery. You can do a search on Google for UPMC Post Nissen diet, it is the one that I followed and is quite helpful. In my experience, I did not start to feel much better until around 6 months, and more like my "new" self until around one year post surgery.

Sharon

eliramon
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   Posted 5/24/2017 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sharon I will try to be a little patience

eliramon
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   Posted 5/25/2017 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok yesterday made two weeks post surgery having a lot of belching still so I went back on the 40 mg Nexium until I see some improvement based on the post here I will not feel any better until 6 months to a year would love to workout but can not do that until 6 weeks after surgery ... never had a problem with swallowing but not able go back to normal diet yet still seeing what work for me so far not a lot has made me feel good after eating ... for sure spicy food is out for now and dairy been eating a lot of oatmeal and grits seem to not make be feel so bad after eating will try to keep you up to date on my process

eliramon
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   Posted 5/26/2017 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
so last night I made chicken stir fry over rice it settle my stomach and I also tried lemon juice in what I have been drinking which is now helping with the belching still trying to make my what through what I can eat for breakfast it going have to be oatmeal and grits for now

rainybow
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   Posted 5/26/2017 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my surgery last thursday and had all the usual insufflation pains, gurgly swallowing, general weakness and discomfort but overall I've been feeling good day by day. Hospital were clear I should be on a soft wet diet as per swallowing ability and even on day 2 in hosp they were happy with me having porridge etc.
However, nearly a week on i started to suffer some really severe heartburn -
yesterday and today, with it going on for near enough 5 hrs. I'm wondering if this is linked to the swelling I've read about interfering with the new seal, or if I've been too active/eaten wrong foods or somehow managed to damage my wrap (had to help disabled pet with walking)?
As I feel generally good (albeit managing trapped wind) and have been avoiding using stomach muscles I'd hope it's normal and there is hope this won't last... back on my PPI's for now and back on just liquids. Any similar situations/advice?

Makana26
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   Posted 5/27/2017 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for sharing about your recovery. You and Rainybow are ahead of me--surgery May 31st. This forum is helpful for community of people who have the same concerns.

eliramon
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   Posted 5/28/2017 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
wasn't for sure if I was going to share this post but here we go this morning I tried eating Grits for some who do not know what grits is like cream of wheat... I stated eating a bowl after halfway through I started having heartburn and belching it feel like the grits got stuck in my throat which make be started to cough before I know it I was in the bathroom throwing up not sure if this is a sign of symptoms I will be three weeks next Wednesday I had grits last week with no problem not sure what made me sick this morning I going to be trying pizza ans a salad tomorrow will keep you posted

Maggie A
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   Posted 5/29/2017 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi eliramon,

I had my surgery seven days before you, and I know that around the two week mark, give or take a couple days, the swelling peaks. So, you are going to have more difficulty swallowing for a little while. I really don't recommend pizza and salad. Bread can stick to your esophagus. (And pizza is basically bread). And salad (and all raw veggies) is still on my list of foods to avoid.

Post Edited (Maggie A) : 5/29/2017 3:14:10 PM (GMT-6)


eliramon
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   Posted 5/29/2017 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks maggie but I was told by my surgeon a week later I could go back to normal eating I was not told to stay away from recent foods I am trying to find my way through my recovery. When I had my surgery I was back home 24 hours later I also notice Maggie is a little older then me am only 52 years old. So my progress report I had two slice of pizza along with the salad did not have any problem just the normal thing of still belching while I eat. This was the reason I had the surgery because of heartburn and belching I thought I would see immediate results with me having the surgery but after reading some of the posting on GERD and the surgery it my take up to six months too a year before I will feel normal again. My stool was soft due to the salad being reintroduce back into my system other then that I doing pretty good after the meal today will keep you posted

Post Edited (eliramon) : 5/29/2017 7:24:56 PM (GMT-6)


Maggie A
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   Posted 5/29/2017 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
That's great that you were able to eat pizza and salad! I think I will try salad tomorrow and see how that goes.

rainybow
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   Posted 5/31/2017 2:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Eliramon, the pain you describe is quite literally food getting stuck at the wrap site. The new valve structure has to learn what to do and will get tired with use and tire more quickly too if you are not rested, so be gentle with it. Frequent belching is just gas from your mouthfulls getting dragged down - maybe smaller, wetter bites would slip through more easily? I tend to find mornings are good but later on it gets sore and the trapped air pain is more acute (i have a little dance to ease this) but to be effective the new wrap has to be tight. Otherwise it would be letting the acid etc back up. Over a couple of months it will naturally settle and allow larger or more solid food to pass OK (unless it needs a stretch out) so don't rush it else you may find it becomes looser than wanted.
I was advised liquids/soft diet for 6 weeks and was making progress towards soft food day 7, but then bad pain. Now, as Im mid swelling stage i have had to back track to just fluids. Better to be safe than sorry at least. Occasional air pain, little gurgles but no regurge or sticking at min.
Hope you are ok going forward x

eliramon
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   Posted 5/31/2017 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks rainybow I'm still in the learning stages of this recovery so Thanks for your help. Today marks three weeks since my nissen fundoplication and hiatal hernia I lost 5lbs which is great need to lose a couple of pounds. I had leftover pizza and a salad last night was able to eat the two slices of pizza but not all of the salad since I got fulled up. I still have a other month before I can start to working out with weights so looking forward to that. Sorry to here Rainybow you are still on liquid diet seem your recovery is taking a lot longer then mine the only problem I have in the morning I'm good just when I eat are drink anything the belching startup no heartburn I did go back on my nexium 40mg until I see some improvements with the esophagus

Post Edited (eliramon) : 5/31/2017 2:23:10 PM (GMT-6)


SharonZ
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   Posted 5/31/2017 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
eliramon:

It's great that your recovery is going well, but a lot of people are given different diets to follow, and it does not necessarily mean that their recovery is taking longer. I was the same age as you when I had surgery, and was given a stricter diet to follow. I also took no PPIs after surgery, wasn't necessary - everyone is different.

Sharon

rainybow
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   Posted 6/1/2017 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm completely off all medication also. Perhaps that might be part of the advice to stick to liquids only initially as it's gentler?
Any pain tends to be more from wrap tiredness or air but passes quickly so I'd definitely advocate the slow approach.
I'm onto softer foods (oatmeal, some avocado) ok today so think the swelling is settling once again but am getting quite fond of soup too!

eliramon
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   Posted 6/4/2017 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel like Qprah I love bread its my new best friend.. I had my favorite bagel jalapeno with cheese and salmon cream cheese had no problem after eating it today and yesterday.... then for dinner yesterday I had barbecue beef ribs with a bake potato with sour cream and chives and Mexican corn very little bit of belching... I did get a call from my provider kaiser on Friday checking on me since my surgery, I advice them I was still experiencing belching so I should be hearing from my surgeon tomorrow morning.. I am still scared to try eating cereal with milk It was not good for me in my second week of recovery, but I can see some improvement with thing I can eat now will keep you posted

eliramon
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   Posted 6/5/2017 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
so I heard from my surgeon this morning and he going to refer me back to the GI department I may have to run some test to see why am still belching this Wednesday will be 4 weeks after the surgery I not seeing any different going back on the nexium so am going to stop using until my appointment with the GI dept.

Post Edited (eliramon) : 6/5/2017 7:41:00 PM (GMT-6)


eliramon
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   Posted 6/7/2017 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
So today makes 4 weeks since my surgery yesterday and today I was finally able to eat cereal with milk. I'm having normal bowel movements which is great. I did hear from the GI dept yesterday I go in on June 15 to followup with them why am still experiencing belching. But so far my recovery is going great still taking my time on what I can eat for dinner and breakfast

Post Edited (eliramon) : 6/7/2017 11:20:10 AM (GMT-6)


rainybow
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   Posted 6/10/2017 3:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Given your post from the 4th June and return to eating normally, I'd have thought gas and belching are to be expected? The wrap doesn't release air in quite the same way as non wrapped stomach so this may be the new normal for you and something to adapt to.
At only 4 weeks since surgery there's a lot that could still change in what is an extended healing process; be patient and take your time.

eliramon
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   Posted 6/10/2017 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I hear you rainybow I am taking it slow reintroducing food back in 4 weeks after my surgery. I made girts yesterday and today with no problems compared to what happen to me on my post on May 28. I made the girts looser then thick this time and was able to eat it, I Also made dinner last night homemade lasagna with ricotta cheese, spinach and meat sauce and a side of salad my normal portion I was not able to eat all the food on the plate... still checking my weigh so far so good lost 6 lbs. I do have an appointment with the Gastroenterologist dept for next Thursday to see why am still belching . The Belching is my main concern that is why I had the surgery.

eliramon
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   Posted 6/15/2017 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
So is been five weeks yesterday since my surgery I went in to see the Gastroenterologist today they are going to schedule a new xray for my esophagus and he prescriptionfor BACLOFEN three times a day but when I got home I look up what it is use for its a muscle relaxer and an antispastic agent. Baclofen is used to treat muscle symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis, including spasm, pain, and stiffness. Baclofen is sometimes used to treat muscle spasms and other symptoms in people with injury or disease of the spinal cord. I'm a little scared to take this it has nothing to do with Gastroenterologist. I took one pill and it seem to work on the belching so far but still a little scared of any side effects what would you do in my case. will followup with you guys next week

eliramon
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   Posted 6/16/2017 6:09 AM (GMT -7)   
So yesterday after learning more about BACLOFEN I decided not to use it to many side effects baclofen a narcotic 10mg I had to take three times a day I would be high all day not able to drive other side effects is Hallucinations and seizures have occurred on abrupt withdrawal of baclofen, headache (4 to 8%), insomnia (2 to 7%); and, rarely, euphoria, excitement, depression, hallucinations, paresthesia, muscle pain, tinnitus, slurred speech, This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Avoid alcoholic beverages. this was a bad call from the Gastroenterologist. I already take ambien for sleep apnea mixing the two seem dangers so I am opting out to take this pill. I will just have to deal with the belching until I have the xrays to see how am healing from the surgery. will keep you posted

eliramon
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   Posted 6/21/2017 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
today makes six week since my surgery nissen fundoplication and hiatal hernia. Im going to complete this week and starting next monday working out again. I did hear from the Gastroenterology and my surgeon they are recommending I do a Xray to see how my esophagus is functioning properly after my surgery. I also asked Gastroenterology doctor what was my acid reflux before the surgery a normal reflux is 14 percent I was at 154 percent. I have lost a total of 10lbs which is great since the surgery I still have 15lbs to go for my ideal weight which is 185lbs for my height 5'8 and my sleep habit has change to I go to sleep like clock work at 11:30pm but I wake up around 6am or 7am. The belching has decrease some have I had a day of nonbelching no not yet. So now Im just waiting on a call from the radiology department to schedule my appointment will keep you posted after the xrays is done

Post Edited (eliramon) : 6/21/2017 10:45:22 AM (GMT-6)

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