Hello my name is Mikado ( female, 50 ish ) and I just had the Laparoscopic surgery for Gastroesophageal reflux disease five weeks ago.( which was a three hour surgery ) The surgeon wrapped the top part of my stomach around the outside of the esophagus , 3/4 of the way then stitched it, then repaired my hiatal hernia. The first two days in the hospital was the worse, becasue of the nausea, plus the effects of the anesthetic made me sleeeeeeeeeeeeeep !
I went home the third day. I had swelling, plus I was black and blue,but with very little scaring. I still can't eat anything thicker than pudding or yogurt, but it takes up to 8 weeks, sometimes longer. 99% of the acid reflux is gone so I am very happy with the results. I have asthma, so before the surgery the reflux made it 10 times worse. The Doctor says it will take 6 months to a year before I notice a difference in my breating, becasue of the reflux damage.I went back to work four weeks after surgery and I am playing golf again
Would I do it again..you bet ! God bless and good luck