I'm 57 and had the surgery on February 27th. I know every surgeon has a different protocol, but mine had me go home from the hospital to soft food, and after 5 days, when I saw him, moved to any food that could be chewed to a liquid. That gives you a lot of leeway. You just have to make sure that you take small bites, and chew, chew, chew. You'll be able to eat most things, which makes life a lot better! I remember in the beginning I would nibble on the crust of bread...at Olive Garden I ate the creamy chicken soup, and nibbled the crust off of the breadsticks. I don't know what you're experiencing, but I could eat VERY little in the beginning. After about 3 months, my stomach capacity was much closer to normal. Now I think I can eat pretty much what I always did.
Your GI tract has been revised, so you'll expect some adjustment. I have a very reactive stomach, and since my wrap is made from stomach, whenever it gets irritated, my stomach starts complaining. At times the food won't stay in my stomach, and just dumps right into my intestine. That's when I get the really loud grumbling sounds. I get diarrhea at those times. It's not all the time, though, and it seems like there's no consistency in the types of food that sets it off. Wow, though, when my stomach/intestine starts complaining it is LOUD! Generally, though my stomach is doing really good.
I'm back to totally normal activity...actually, after my second visit to the surgeon, (sorry, I can't remember when that was), he released me to do absolutely anything I wanted to do. I tried not to lift heavy weight until after 6 weeks, since I'd heard of that restriction for hernia surgeries.
I had the surgery to try to improve uncontrolled asthma. After a few bumps due to pre-surgery lung problems, I'm doing great. My asthma is under control, and I'm not coughing and wheezing. I wish I had gotten the surgery years ago.
It sounds like you really needed the surgery! I'm glad you've done so well. Welcome the GERD forum! I hope you continue to post your progress on the forum. If you have any questions, I'm sure the great members here will do their best to answer them!
Good luck, Mariacarole!