3 weeks post heller myotomy + fundoplication

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The past week my eating has gotten a lot slower. I first noticed while I was eating the day after my check up with the surgeon everything was going down good. I was eating some solids before that and it was going great but the day after I've noticed it slowing down a lot. Sometimes not moving at all. It's not like before surgery I can always drink a lot until it goes down or stand up and it'll pass. Should I be worried? I went from stuff passing down smoothly to it going down way slower.

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    Hi Kayla.  I found that you need to give the healing a bit of time, there is likely still some swelling inside from the surgery etc.  I had good days and not-so-good days, in terms of stuff going down.  Eat very small amounts, throughout the day - graze, and drink those liquids.  At 4 months post-surgery, I required some 'tweaking' to the muscle, and so 10 days ago had a balloon-dilation done.  It was only today, for the first time, that stuff actually went down into the stomach, all day, of course 'washed down' with water, since my esophagus is paralyzed.  But do keep a journal or something like that, so you can have a discussion with your surgeon and/or doctor

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      Ok thank you. I spoke to my surgeon yesterday and he suggested that I get a endoscopy done but I'm not sure I want to even do that. I am glad that you have gotten some relief even if it was a little and got food down. I hope things only get easier for you.

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      Kayla, I encourage you to follow the advice of your surgeon.  Many of us have needed 'tweaking' to our surgery, to stretch that darned sphincter muscle a little more.  And endoscopy is no big deal...you will be sedated, and 'sleep' through the procedure.  The surgeon needs to see what is going on inside your esophagus and that darned muscle.  Thank YOU for your support, as well.

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      Forgot to say, that the balloon-dilation is done through the endoscopy procedure...again, you will sleep through this...
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      Each person's recovery, etc., is so very different.  Because I've had Achalasia for decades [apparently], my esophagus is 'done,' paralyzed completely.  I'm also probably a little older than you are.  The balloon dilation has helped a 'little.'  At the end of the month, the surgeon will decide if he needs to do it again, to stretch that esophageal sphincter muslce a little more.  Its not yet where the surgeon would like it to be, in terms of allowing more solid food down.  So, yes, my eating has improved a little since the surgery and the balloon dilation, but not greatly.  Thank you for asking.  And, just how are 'you' doing???

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      I'm sorry it hasn't helped that much. I hope that you're able to get relief soon and don't have to keep going through dilations. I'm ok not where I want to be so I decided to go on a soft food/liquid diet to see maybe if that helps.

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      I think that you are only a few weeks post-surgery.  I was on a pureed, soft diet for well over a month, before venturing into more solid foods.  Remember that you are 'healing' inside, so there might still be some inflammation at the surgery site.  Be kind to your gut!  I have a wonderful surgeon, who is trying his best to give me a better quality of life, in terms of eating.  So, whatever he decides to do, I shall do.  The dilations are really no big deal; they sedate you, and you sleep through the procedure.  From other posts on this site, I've learned that balloon-dilations are something that can be done more than one time.  Some people are good for years, others months or weeks. 

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      My surgeon told me dilations can sometimes result in scarring to the esophagus so thats mostly why I opted to go with the myotomy to see how that went.
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      I'm not sure if it makes a difference if you have the dilation 'before' surgery vs. after.  I read somewhere, about a procedure, and I can't remember what it was, that if you had it before the Heller Myotomy, then you could not have the Hellery Myotomy surgery.   I know that others have needed their Heller myotomy to be 'tweaked,' like what is happening with mine, to stretch that darn esophageal muscle a bit more.  If you are really confident with your surgeon, then trust whatever advice he/she gives you.  I have a very compassionate surgeon, who happens to be the only one in the Province I live in, who does Heller Myotomy surgery [he specializes in Achalasia], and I feel totally confident in his hands and with his advice.

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      Hmm im not sure maybe it was botox which makes surgery after that much more of a risk . Im glad you trust your surgeon though. It makes procedures and everything else much easier.
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      Yes, I think you might be right.  And yes, it makes a world of difference if you trust your specialist and others who are involved in your healthcare.  I feel 'blessed' to have the surgeon, that I have.  Who, although he does not have Achalasia himself, he respects the things that his patients who have Achalasia [the few of us] go through on a daily basis.  Sometimes it is a good day, the next day not so good; or one step forward, one step back, etc.

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