Breathing Problems After Laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication. Help!!

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Asked by nate930

Breathing Problems After Laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication. Help!!

I am a 37 year old woman with a thin build. I had the surgery two weeks ago. They also fixed a slight hiatal hernia. I am having a tight, constricting feeling in the area below my breast bone. Because of this tightness, I am having a hard time breathing. I can get a deep breath but it takes quite a lot out of me to do it. This doesn't seem like a normal side effect to the surgery and I am scared. Could someone please help me understand what is going on and what I can do to help this? I need to get my life back for myself and my family. Thank you very much!!

Answer

Hello!

You should have the problem evaluated by the doctor to make sure it isn't a complication from the surgery. Ask the doctor if you could be experiencing gas bloat.

A common side effect of the surgery is gas bloat. Air becomes trapped in the stomach, causing pain and discomfort. Gas bloat occurs when the fundo is doing its job and preventing you from burping/belching/vomiting. So the good news is your fundo is working and the gas bloat will go away over time. Meanwhile, it might help to eat slowly and carefully. Chew your food well. Eat small meals. Avoid carbonation (soda) and drinking from a straw. All of these will increase the air in your stomach.

Good Luck!

Jan Gambino

The Reflux Mom

Answered by Jan Gambino