Hello to all. first time poster. I am on Day 10 of a fundoplacation, with repair of hiatal hernia. A little about
myself and some questions. I am 51, have had acid reflux for 10+ years. and took Omaprazole. One day about
6 months ago, I had some massive heartburn. I was like, whats with this? So in went the Tums. and more Tums...,Tums, and yet more Tums. I called the Doc, did the new med thing, no difference so ended up in the Gastro Docs office. They set me up for a Stomach scope. I see him a few days later and he asks me " whats the issue". I'm thinking, you should already know the issue...But nevertheless. I tell this guy what happened, and that now I cannot even sleep without it coming up.. He says: " what you got, is a moderate size hiatal hernia, and blah blah. He tells me he needs to do a fundo on me, and tells me waht it basically entails.
A week later, I'm looking up at a large light, scared
less, and having some really good drugs suddenly being introduced to me. I wake up, everything Ok, and nurse got told clear liquids only. Joy...
Doc said 2 weeks on clear liquids... That it was 2 because instead of the normal three stiches, he had to use 4 to sew up the Diaphragm. I have a full 360 wrap. So now after 9 days of clear liquids, jello, and occasionally some rice in my soup, I took a chance and ate some salmon, and baked potato. geez, i was starting to starve! It went down ok, I made sure I was real careful eating, but I think I ate a slight bit fast.
So now comes the questions.. I surfed the web on nissen diets,and while most are pretty much copies of others, some are different. Seems the main concern is how the stomach actually takes to the food, and the chance of getting food stuck in the pipe because of inflammation. I can understand the liquid for a few days, but clear? really? Everything I have tried to eat, has went down OK. I tried a slice of american cheese, a scrambled egg, and some Ritz crackers real slow. But one thing the diets all have in common, is no soft drinks, and NO CHOCOLATE. huh? No chocolate? Why is it so bad? the first thing the nurse at the hospital gave me was a chocolate pudding, and I've had 2 since than. I haven't had an issue over either. So am I just going to quick with all this? I have burped twice, not real belchers,just small but effective. Now at night, the flatulence when I lay in bed is so bad there better be no ignition sources in the room. usually goes away after about
an hour in bed.
So what Do people eat on this? What can I start with that won't let me starve to death? My ultimate goes is to get a slice of Pizza. Long way off, I know. Now I know about
not eating too much because you don't want to stretch the stomach., I get the no cokes. I ccan even understand the 'strained" food diet,. but no chocolate? When do things get good enough that you can eat somewhat normally as long as you pay attention to how much and what you eat? Will that kind of thought be my undoing? And is there any truth to the "never going to vomit again" thing I've been hearing?Any advice for the fundo I got? thanx in advance. Tim