I have multiple comorbidities, so I am not typical. I had polio as a child, which affects my swallowing and will get worse throughout my life because the nerves will continue to die. I only learned to swallow pills in my 30s, can't swallow regular-size vitamins or anything without a coating. I have fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, which give me pain 24/7 even with meds. I was in a bad wreck which pushed my stomach into my chest, which is the main reason I needed the operation in the first place, but also made my operation about
5 hours which it not typical. I also have 3 broken ribs which have not healed and are no chronic plus a torn meniscus in my knee both of which affect my ability to exercise - and this affects healing also.
Three months is pretty typical for healing from major surgery. I've had 4 C-sections, so I am familiar with this. It's a lot tougher than the lumpectomy and lymph node surgery I had early last year for breast cancer. I would say I was healed in three months, but still getting familiar with the changes I needed to make permanently in my diet. I am just now burping better, but I am still having a lot of trouble with gas-producing foods, especially vegetables. The gas is produced by bacteria in the large intestine which digest sugars and other carbohydrates, producing gas. I'm going to ask for Rx digestive enzymes, as Beano is useless for me. (Gas-X only works in the stomach, so not helpful, although often recommended by those without the problem.) I'm delighted not to need PPIs any more. (I do know many people need to get back on them at some time.)
I deliberately waited until now to get back to heavy lifting (cases of tile for my bathroom, bags of corn for the wildlife). I feel sorry for the parents who have young kids in the house who always need to be picked up!
I needed the surgery and I don't regret having it for a minute. My surgeon is brilliant and highly experienced and as far as I am able to ascertain, did a great job giving me the correct operation for my particular condition. I didn't like the way I was treated in the hospital, and after my 2 week checkup I was kicked to the curb - no followup! Well, that's what can happen in today's busy university hospitals. If I want followup I can complain to the forum or my gastroenterologist.