Returning symptoms 4 weeks post Nissen op

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   Posted 1/2/2018 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Feeling really scared and anxious 4 weeks post op.

The first two weeks were pure perfection, other than my shoulder pains. At about the 15 day mark I started to notice “sensations”. Nothing I would consider GERD symptoms but something... Since that day each day has been a gradual increase in GERD related issues. Tingling has slowly turned to heartburn further and further up my throat a little each day. One burp has turned into several over the course of a week. Some burps now have the taste of food I just ate. At this rate I fully expect to have regurgitation while sleeping soon. This was my largest issue and the reason I decided on the surgery.

Am I being paranoid? Anyone else have a successful surgery that felt this way only to have the symptoms go away? I don’t know if I’m still recovering (of course I am) or these are the sure fire signs of a failed surgery.

Everything went so well early. The surgeon allowed me to graduate my diet early because my recovery was advancing so well. Please remember I was BOTH symptom free and able to swallow very well (a little tigh but not what I imagined). I still don’t “need” any meds but I can still “feel it”, if that makes sense.

I have a follow up in a week with the surgeon and will be explaining all this to him so I’ll provide an update. I just was hoping to hear from fellow Nissen folks who had a scare and it turned out fine. I’ll feel so heartbroken if this failed as I’ll have no recourse on the surgeon. I understand this is all buyer beware but it’s such a hopeless feeling to have a possible failure. I know it’s illogical to blame myself but my support system did such an amazing job of allowing me to recover that if feels like letting them down. In addition to insurance a parent also provide some financial support so that is also weighing heavy on me right now.


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   Posted 1/4/2018 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I’ll be interested to hear what your surgeon has to say in a week.

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   Posted 1/4/2018 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Small Update:

Two days out from my original post and I think things have settled down. I was getting really nervous that for about 10 straight days small GERD symptoms were coming back, and that post was the accumulation of it. The last two days have not produced any new issues so I am hoping I just went through a burst of healing that was changing things up internally.

I still have the slightest heartburn but it isn't traveling up any further and I still don't feel the need for meds to control it, its more just the sensation and not the full blown pain, etc.

I decided to cut out coffee, my surgeon ok'd it after surgery, but I know all to well the issues coffee has on stomach acid, heartburn and regurgitation, so frankly its not worth having it anymore, I want to heal not have a buzz, but I sure will miss it.

Other than that I will provide an update after my appointment.

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   Posted 1/4/2018 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I cut out coffee for 4 months post surgery just to give my stomach a break. I've had few episodes over the last 10 months that had me concerned about the wrap but they've all turned out to be temporary ( inflammation/healing) or something else (fungal infection). Recovery from surgery and your body's adjustment to the new arrangement takes a long time.

Glad your feeling better,

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   Posted 1/4/2018 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
You are really early in your recovery. It's quite normal to experience small setbacks during that time, and you might want to back off on advancing your diet, and go back to eating more soft foods temporarily.

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   Posted 1/19/2018 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
An update for anyone wanting a few insights.

I had my appointment this last Tuesday, it got delayed a week later.

All of my "progressing" symptoms DID seemingly level out around the time I wrote my original post. Nothing is worse then that day.

That being said I still brought up the concerns to my doctor. He did have a confused face when I told him that I had heartburn that rose to a very low level up my throat, it doesn't even make it to the "chest" area, just feels like the upper stomach. He said it could just be some exposed area that is still sensitive to acid. He said if I ever need to, its ok to take a swig of Mylanta, which at this point I do not need.

We talked about tightness in swallowing that I was experiencing and he was actually glad to hear that. It meant to him that the wrap was intact and properly functioning. And also the fact that no regurgitation has occurred AT ALL is a great sign, again that was my MAJOR reason for the surgery.

So that is were this will end. I would say a return of 5-10% of symptoms returned but those are on the lighter side and completely tolerable. I'll update if anything else transpires. He said to NOT go back to my GP if things went south but to return to him immediately.


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   Posted 1/20/2018 2:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to read things are not as bad as you originally thought! I am 3.5 weeks post surgery and I went through the same thing. Had a couple nights of mild reflux symptoms and was so upset and scared. 2 days later, it went away. So many changes are happening inside our bodies, in our habits, and in our minds. Anything can happen over the next weeks. Statistics show we will come out of it symptom free or nearly so!

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   Posted 1/23/2018 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm supposed to have the nissen surgery soon , I'm really scared about the recovery, also I'm normally underweight and can't afford to lose much weight.
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