Carri - You didn't say what the procedure was called. I'm assuming from your symptoms though that it was a Nissen. Since your operation was rather more complex and probably long, judging by a 4 day hospital stay, you are not going to pop back as fast as most of the group who had less complex surgeries. My hospital stay was 4 days because I had a paraesophageal hernis (stomach stuck in the chest) and my recovery was 3 months before I could have possibly gone to work. But then I could be your mother too. Get a note from your physician that you are not ready to go back to work. Your primary job is mom. Hopefully you can at least do that one!
Wordworker - Unless you can burp and are passing extremely minimal gas, forget the soda permanently. #1 It's not worth the pain of all that gas in the gut and you'll regret it, #2 I't not food.
Ahiatalwhat - There are several procedures besides the common Nissen. I had the Toupet. Others have had the Hill repair. Mine and the Nissen do use a piece of stomach to make a "wrap," but don't believe the small stomach forever myth. The stomach can expand to whatever size you need. The part about
eating small meals is because of the swelling from whatever surgery. Even the people who get the weight loss bypass can expand the tiny piece of stomach they are left with until they are obese again.
Sunbird - Go ahead and take your time researching, but the group is right that it makes no sense to do two major operations. If you have a doctor who has experience with thousands of patients, like mine does, he will explain to you what you need. If you have all the tests and they show a leaky LES, just repairing the hernia is not going to stop reflux and may have to be taken down to do the Nissen. They have to free up a good bit of esophagus (disect it up in the mediastinum) to let the esophagus come down far enough to do a wrap.