I had Barretts Esophagus and silent reflux with chronic cough. In October 2008, I had an esophagectomy and a Roux-en-Y. I don't use my stomach at all, the lower portion of my esophagus was removed and the part left was attached to my intestines. I had Surgery on a Monday morning and spent three days in ICU. I wasn't allowed to eat or drink until the following Saturday when I had a barium swallow to ensure there were no leaks. I was discharged on Sunday. When I was discharged I was given a prescription for liquid roxicet. I had a j- drain and a gastro tube, each had to be drained a couple of times a day. The j-drain and gastro tube weren't painful just uncomfortable. I was on a liquid diet for a couple weeks then a soft diet for a couple weeks. At my 6-week post-op appointment the j-drain and gastro tube were removed (dont' worry it doesn't hurt). After 6-weeks I was released to go back to work. I have an office job so it wasn't bad. Not sure if I would have been ready to go back to work if I had a manual labor job.
Since the surgery I feel great. I know longer have any of the symptoms I had prior to surgery. I have also lost 115 lbs. Every 6 months I have an upper GI, esophageal transit study, chest x-ray and blood work to ensure all is well.
Wishing you good health