Limitations after Lap Nissen

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Alycarr00
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   Posted 12/21/2007 4:06 PM (GMT -7)   
HELLO ALL.....Happy Holidays!!
 
My surgery date is in 5 weeks, and I was wondering what types if restrictions your doctors put on you after surgery? And what about lifting weights, sit-ups, etc.  How do you know if you have a good surgeon? I live in a fairly small city and Baltimore is over 2 hours away so I am almost stuck having surgery here. My surgeon does mostly traumas....UGH.  Anyway I would love to know what your doctors said about LONG TERM restrictions etc.
 
 
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porcelain doll
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   Posted 12/21/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Alli, you won't be able to do any heavy lifting, especially sit ups or anything strenuous.  Even at 9 weeks post op, I still can't do many things I used to.  I still have constant chest pain that doesn't go away.  I even notice that when I drive and look back toward the rear when I am backing out my chest/torso area hurts alot.  I don't know about the surgeon, just make sure you do get a surgeon that has done many nissens because this is a serious surgery and you don't want to get someone who is inexperienced.  Ask the surgeon how many nissens he has performed.  My doctor didn't really give me any long term restrictions but told me not to do any heavy lifting or straining during bowel movements because of the hiatal hernia repair.  Are you also having a hital hernia repair done?  Good luck....Barbara... 

doghouse
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   Posted 12/22/2007 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I am looking at having the surgery too and am an avid rock climber so I will have to find out how the surgery will effect me. My sister in law is a fitness trainer in CA and said that she has a few clients that have had this procedure who, after the recovery period, have been able to go back to lifting weights like they did before. She said the trick is starting reallllly slow and listening to your body, knowing when something is too much and backing off...plus not trying to start too soon after surgery.

porcelain doll
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   Posted 12/22/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Doghouse:  Are you also getting the hiatal hernia repair?  I am sure you will eventually be able to get back to your activities but it may be a while.  I make porcelain dolls and even at 9 weeks post op I know I can't lift the molds because they are too heavy.  I have some molds that easily weigh 30-45 pounds.  Even right now if I lift anything too heavy it hurts and I know to backoff.  Good luck...Barbara..

doghouse
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   Posted 12/22/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I'm one of the weird cases that doesn't have a hiatal hernia because I don't think he's ever mentioned it...I will have to double check. I just know that he said my stomach valve was pretty worthless at keeping things where they are supposed to be.

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   Posted 12/23/2007 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad to see that you are getting some answers here Alycarr00.

Good luck on your procedure. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need to between now and then, and please, let us know how you are doing once you feel up to it, after the procedure is done!

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