Well I'm 5 months in and finally got to see my surgeon for the first time since he knifed me. I've got to say I'm a little underwhelmed. My appointment kept getting put back. After initially being told I'd get a 4 week check up this then moved to two months, then three then finally five! I waited an hour and a half in the waiting room (he ran an hour late) and the conversation went like this.
Doc - "So how are you doing, any reflux?"
Me - "Nope, none since the surgery"
Doc - "Are you eating ok? Nothing's sticking?"
Me - "Aye, anything I like although I had one occasion recently where a big bit of chicken gave me some trouble"
Doc - "Well remember to chew. Any gas"
Me - "aye, quite a bit, can't burp properly yet"
Doc - "Well that should ease off in a few months. Try and avoid bread. Well everything seems ok. Hopefully I won't see you in here again. Take care"
Me - "err.. ok"
That was it, literally 2 minutes! I'm just glad I found this place before the op, the support has been great and the advice was a massive help, particularly in the early days. I had no support from the NHS apart from a diet leaflet and a big bag of nutrient milkshakes when I left the hospital.
Asides from that I feel mostly great. Still battling the rumbling gut and excess gas and had a dodgy moment at a music festival brought on by a silly afternoon of dodgy foreign alcohol where I thought I was going to be sick but then wasn't. I get the odd great burp but they're so rare they're practically an event but I'm optimistic that'll get better over time.
I've still don't have any regrets, having the surgery changed my life.