Yes, I had a full wrap--it is a loose wrap, so I'm able to burp and vomit. I don't get the types of gas/bloating issues that others experience. It's a balancing act for a surgeon--tight enough to keep acid/bile down, and loose enough to allow easy swallowing and not create other uncomfortable issues.
I actually coughed my guts out before and after the surgery, so there is some possibility that a stitch may have come undone, creating my mild reflux issue. I was on high doses of steroids before during and after the surgery as well--influencing the strength of my internal tissue.
That said, I'm thrilled with the results. I'd had no idea what to expect. First, the recovery was much easier than I'd expected. I have a surgeon who believes in trusting his patients to be responsible eaters, so after just 5 days was told I could eat anything that could be chewed to a liquid. That made the recovery much better, since I wasn't stuck on liquids or soft foods for weeks. I had virtually no problem with swallowing/eating once the first few weeks of swelling,etc. were over. It took a few months for my stomach to allow more than very small amounts of food, but by about four months, I was eating normally. I'm still very careful to chew food slowly and thoroughly.
You're right...the technology isn't perfect. Few GI docs trust the new procedures, as their reliability is less well known.
I can just say this...my surgery worked well...not perfectly, but it did the trick by protecting my lungs from constant inflammation. If it should fail, I would have a redo without hesitation. As an asthmatic, I can't afford not to have the repair. I just wish I'd had the courage to do it years earlier, before the steroids caused permanent skin damage--it tears and bruises extremely easily--like a 90 year old.
But hey...better late than never!
It is most important that you find a surgeon who is highly qualified and experienced in this particular surgery--whether a full or partial wrap, your surgeon is the most important component to the potential success of the procedure.
Best wishes in your search for answers. Try to be positive but realistic. The surgery isn't a panacea...it's not going to make your GI tract the way it was before you started having any problems. It'll just improve the situation. There will always be little quirky differences you'll deal with, but in my case they're well worth it. The more prepared you are for the recovery and changes, the easier it will be to accept your recovery. It sounds like you're ready. When things get bad enough, the downside of the surgery becomes the lesser evil.
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Take care, and best wishes.