I know how hard all this is. I wish it were easier and more dependable. There aren't any guarantees to any of us. My wrap is generally doing what it's supposed to do. I think it's a little out of whack--maybe with all the coughing one stitch came loose--who knows (this is just my guess...never confirmed. As far as the barium swallow goes, everything looked just fine. The only issue was the retained barium that stayed in the esophagus--the only time my GI doc had ever seen this) It's both a little loose and a little tight. Leave it to me.
However I'm not getting any food reflux, and the bile reflux is intermittent and not all that bothersome. The Carafate suspension I take, protects my esophagus from the bile. I agree with my GI doc--don't do anything right now. As long as it's working pretty well, leave well enough alone. My lungs continue to be healthy--even in the face of very high pollen levels and allergies. That's my definition of success in my case. Is my stomach perfect? No. Was it perfect before surgery? No. That said, I can deal with the little quirks as long as it doesn't get worse.
You're so lucky to have been able to find an excellent, experienced surgeon. At this point, you have two choices--continue living with horrible reflux, or get the surgery and hope for the best of all outcomes. When I chose surgery, I knew about
all the risks. I also knew that it might or might not control my asthma. I took a leap of faith and gave it a try. I had no other options, according to my doc and allergist. The GI doc was never so sure that it was the right course to take.
And it worked! It did exactly what I'd hoped. My sensitive and reactive stomach makes things a little more uncomfortable--for example, I ate lots of celery the night before last and irritated the wrap. So I'm dealing with an irritated wrap for a couple of days. Oh well...I have a choice...eat celery and suffer, or don't eat the celery!
So relax, enjoy the time you have between now and the surgery date. Stay in the positive, and expect the best. The more positive you are going in, the better you'll handle the recovery. Try not to get impatient during those first few weeks. There will be better days ahead.
We're here for you! That's what this forum is all about
. These wonderful people and their positive attitudes helped me make a very difficult decision. Afterward, they helped me through my recovery.
We'll do the same for you! Hang in there, Brian.