Hi Silent World,
This post is two years old, and most of the posters haven't been heard from for that long. At three weeks post op, as my surgeon said, "anything is possible". If you have reflux, listen to your surgeon and take the PPIs a while longer.
There is still swelling, and your wrap can be misshapen because of it. If it is swollen more on one side than the other, the seal against the stomach/esophagus will not be as smooth and tight as it will once you're healed and your swelling has subsided.
Like you, I had some reflux symptoms in the early weeks and was fearful that my surgery was a failure. That was not the case. I'm now four plus years post op an my surgery is working fine. In addition, some of that "reflux" feeling can be just plain surgical pain. The esophagus is a "dumb organ" (as my surgeon told me) and it interprets all pain as reflux.
Be sure to eat slowly, take small bites, and chew, chew, chew your food. If food or medication is left standing at the wrap site as it waits to get through a swollen wrap, it can be very irritating and create more "reflux" feelings.
Keep in mind this, though...if your surgeon made your wrap so tight that you had zero reflux, it would be too tight to allow swallowing. They are going for "normal" levels of reflux when they create the wrap--the type of reflux that people get when they don't have GERD, but get a little heartburn when they overeat or eat the wrong thing. Once your healing is complete, you'll see a huge improvement in your quality of life. Don't panic if you get a little heartburn occasionally once you're fully healed. It's normal.
Try to relax and surrender to your recovery...if you can accept it as it is, and go with the flow, you'll find it much easier. I understand your worries...it's natural, and I had them as well. Try to accept the fact that it will take time for the improvements you'll experience to be complete. It's like building a house...it's not complete for months, but when it's finished, it proves to be well worth the wait!
Remember that it takes a full six months for most of the healing and a year for the rest. It will happen, but it takes time. Many surgeons ask their patients to remain on PPIs during the first few months to avoid the rebound problem you're having. Once the wrap is healed and swelling has subsided, you'll handle the rebound much more easily.
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Post Edited (dencha) : 4/5/2013 7:59:00 AM (GMT-6)