No, you won't be able to wash the food down when it gets stuck. I recommend sitting straight up or even standing up if it happens. You won't be able to get any water down on top of what is already there. I am not trying to frighten you, just to let you know that you may be scared to death for a few seconds that seems like much longer when/if this happens to you. It gets stuck down in your esophagus and there is just nothing you can do about it. Eat slowly, very slowly. Don't try bread for awhile. As for your question about coughing it out, it's down too far in your esophagus. Don't try that, you might really get choked. I assure you it will work its way on down.
I really think you will be glad you had this surgery done, I know I am. As far as why I am still taking Nexium, I can still get a little bit of reflux. I think I mentioned that I had a hiatal hernia repair at the same time. Because of my asthma, I think I got a bad case of bronchitis before my hernia repair had time to heal well, so now I have a sliding hiatal hernia, which also allows some leakage. Because of being diagnosed with epilepsy just last summer and being in a teaching hospital several times and having to give my history many times, I did ask several different ones if it was normal for people to still take Nexium after having the lap Nissen. I was told they see it all the time. I also still have a bad habit of eating late at night, which I am able to do now and I'm sure the Nexium helps with that and I can't afford to have any reflux trigger an asthma attack.
You will be sore for a few days from the incisions, but it's not too terribly bad. The main part is the tightening of the esophagus. Just remember, they would not send you home from the hospital if they thought there was any chance whatsoever that you might choke to death. When/if it happens, remember me telling you that it's not going to last very long and you will live through it. The food will move on down and then take a smaller bite the next time.
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Epilepsy, asthma, GERD, depression, hypothyroidism