Oct 26, 2008

She's Smiling and Vomit Free

Before the surgery. The scar is from her gastrostomy.

Clearly in a lot of post surgery pain despite the morphine.

The incision is 3" long and goes over the gastrostomy scar. They use dermabond instead of stitches to close it. I think it looks amazing for the first day!

Refusing to smile no matter what.

Even for her favorite visitors.

The great news is that we finally started seeing her beautiful smile yesterday. That is the best and such a relief! Since the surgery we've had about 8 incidents where she coughed up some secretions and it caused her to wretch. Most likely the majority would have ended in vomit in the past. And a couple where they were so forceful her face turned almost purple but still there was NO VOMIT. So I'm feeling pretty confident that the surgery was successful! She's taking small feedings once an hour so there will be the hurdle of transitioning her back to her regular feeding schedule. But so far we have not seen any of the terrible side effects that can accompany a Nissen.

Here's a link to info about a Nissen fundoplication and how they work: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissen_fundoplication


  1. I'm so glad to hear you are seeing Ainsley's smile again. Pictures please :-)

    The incision looks great!


  2. Glad to hear that smile of Ainsley's is back. Sounds like her surgery was a success and you won't have to run for that plastic cup any longer.