Nissen Fundoplacation and Hiatal Surgery

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Granny73
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   Posted 10/5/2017 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Just had my Nissen Fundoplication and Hiatal Surgery one week ago today. I am 73 yrs. old and have had problems with Gerd for a long time. I had taken every kind of medicine there was for acid reflux. Each doctor I visited just changed the meds until I called a stop to it all about a year ago. I also have colon problems with pre cancerous polyps. In February of this year I received the news that I needed a 12" portion of my large intestine removed because of a polyp they couldn't remove. My gall bladder was bad so they also removed it and thought that might take care of my Gerd problem. Well they did more test and found that I had a Hiatal Hernia and that I should consider surgery. Now I have had the surgery and I guess I was under the impression I would bounce back like with the Colon surgery. I have so much pressure (Gas) in my upper back and it seems like all the liquid diet is doing is making me loose weight. I was told I wouldn't be able to burp. I can burp but it is painful. I don't feel like walking much so I force myself to walk to mail box and then it is nap time. I will be going back to doctor next week and I just don't know what to expect. I had this done with a Robot.

aero1
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   Posted 10/5/2017 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
this is a very tricky recovery. right now, you have a stomach that's not a happy camper. yes you will lose weight, yes gas will be an issue. continue to try to stay mobile, follow your diet, stay hydrated, do not strain. do not try to overeat [ Hugh mistake I made] make sure, you have anti nausea meds on hand. you will improve in stages. this will take awhile, depending on, how big the hernia was. to sum up this recovery. its slow advances forward, a lot of sideways, and some back steps. we all heal differently, listen to your body, there is no rushing this recovery. good luck.

SharonZ
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   Posted 10/6/2017 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Granny:

Unfortunately, you just had major surgery. Recovery is long, and you can expect to have small setbacks along the way. The only way to relieve the gas pressure in your shoulder is to force yourself to walk. The liquid diet will make you lose weight, but most people gain it back when you start to eat normally again. I also had my surgery done via robotics. My experience was that I didn't feel a whole lot better until about 6-months post-surgery, and the "new" me at about a year. Exhaustion is very common.

Good Luck with your recovery,

Sharon

Old guy
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   Posted 10/6/2017 4:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 5 months post Nissen surgery. My entire stomach, pancreas & part of upper bowel was relocated below my diaphragm. I continue to have severe dry heaves, diaherrea & occasional naseau. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Any suggestions or thoughts? I am eager to feel better. I am a 77 yr old male who also has had major heart surgery. Thank you.

Granny73
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   Posted 10/7/2017 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the encouragement and I am feeling better. I guess I never thought that this surgery would be harder to recoup from than some of my other ones. My surgeon just said you wont be able to burp and will have a lot of gas. She wanted me to see a dietician but I was being released from hospital on the second day late and they were not able to meet with me. I am off all PPI's and haven't had much of upset stomach. I am getting ready to print off the Nissen diet and will stick to it and listen to doctor. So far I am really happy I had it done.

aero1
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   Posted 10/7/2017 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
old guy. this operation, can come with lingering side effects. a lot based on the severity of your hernia. in my case, the hernia was large, and now, I have esophageal spasms, to deal with, which can be treated, with meds. I get nausea, from time to time. but normally I can control it. the diarrhea, should abate, your still early on in your recovery. at two years out, I have had to accept the new normal. do I like it no, is the hernia repaired yes. this can be tough. good luck.
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