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Why is Chocolate Eating Prohibited After Nissen Fundoplication?

Eating Prohibited After Nissen Fundoplication

Chocolates are no doubt the guilty pleasures and are favorites of most of the people out in the world. But, if your doctor tells you not to take them, then you have to stay away from them as prescribed or advised by the doctors. After a type of gastric surgery known as Nissen Fundoplication, sweets and any type of confectioneries are prohibited. Let’s have a view of this term, and what you have to do after undergoing this kind of surgery. 

Nissen Fundoplication

Nissen Fundoplication is also known as Laparoscopic Anti-Reflex Surgery. It eradicates your acid reflex symptoms inside the stomach. 

What Actually is Nissen Fundoplication?

This is one of the major surgeries of gastric system. It is used to treat GERD, that stands for gastroesophageal reflux disease. The doctor ensures that there is a tightening in the upper part of the stomach. The fundus is the upper part of the stomach so the tightening makes the acid reflex a lot more decreased than before. The acid does not come out towards the esophagus. The surgery tightens the junction between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent acid reflux.  The esophagus is actually the tube between your mouth and your stomach, so this makes the acid to rise. If you want comfort from such symptoms, then you need to have a Nissen Fundoplication. 

Types of Nissen Fundoplication

  • Surgery with Small Incisions:

If small cuts are made and the stomach is viewed this is also a type of Nissen Fundoplication. 

  • Surgery with Larger Incisions:

If large cuts are done, then this is also larger kind of Nissen Fundoplication. 

Reasons Behind Not Allowing to Eat Chocolate After This Surgery

Chocolates, sugary substances, and other desserts are not allowed to be consumed after Nissen Fundoplication. The main reason behind this is that the sweets edible substances are quickly moved into the intestines from the stomach. They quickly dump into the intestines and this can lead to the symptoms which are undesirable for a recently operated patient. These symptoms include sweating, nausea, cold sweats, cramps, diarrhea, weakness, and dizzy spells. 

The “Dumping Syndrome”

According to Google: “Dumping syndrome is a condition in which food, especially food high in sugar, moves from your stomach into your small bowel too quickly after you eat. Sometimes called rapid gastric emptying, dumping syndrome most often occurs as a result of surgery on your stomach or esophagus.”

This definition is right in medical sense and these can be increased when you consume sweets. So, to avoid such a difficulty and complication in your life, stay away from chocolates after your gastric surgery, at least for some months and have regular checkups. 

Recovery Time and Diet After a Nissen Fundoplication

The recovery time is a little more and the doctor or surgeon would advise you to eat soft and light food. The first seven to ten days are critical, so you need to be careful and avoid picking heavy objects. Although the food digestion of every person is different from others. They need to take care of their diet most accurately because this is a surgery of the stomach which is very critical to take care of. 

Diet Advancement Day to Day

  1. The first one is consuming a clear fluid single time a day. These should be your first meals after your surgery. 
  2. Next you need to have 2 meals that are liquid in state. They would be best for your digestion and recovery. 
  3. Lastly, after some days you need to have Nissen diet which is really light in taste and texture. 

Composition of the Nissen’s Diet

It consists of:

Breakfast: non-citrus fruit, pancakes, cereals, jelly, 2% milk, one teaspoon margarine. 

Snacks: Crackers, creamy peanut butter, jelly, tea.

Lunch: tuna salad without raw vegetables, canned peaches, non-citrus fruits, mayonnaise, crackers. 

Dinner: white rice, cooked carrots, chicken with sauce but finely ground, canned pears, tea, margarine. 

Food Stuff You Should Avoid After Nissen Fundoplication

Following are the food stuffs that you should not be eating after this kind of a surgery:

• Chocolate

• Caffeinated drinks

• Beverages

• Alcohol

• Citrus fruit and juices

• Coffee cakes

• Doughnuts

• Crusty breads

• All kinds of cakes, pastries etc.

• Fried chips and chicken

• Hard taco shells

• Raw vegetables

• Gas producing veggies like cabbage, onions, cucumber, turnips, corn etc. 

• Tomatoes

• Tough meats

• Smoked or grilled meat

• Cheddar cheese

• Spices and salty food. 


The conclusion will be that Nissen Fundoplication is one of the dangerous operation related to the digestive system. It is critical and it can lead to other problems if care is not taken.  We are discussing that sweets, chocolates, and other confectionaries are not allowed to be consumed after this surgery has been carried out by a person. This is because not having the “dumping syndrome”, which is about the symptoms that lead to many complications in life. So, to not have these symptoms, you need to stay away from sweets and desserts after Nissen Fundoplication. Other food stuff that you can consume has been given above in the article, so you can have them without any tension. 

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Sarfaraz Khan
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