Congratulations on your induction into the "Wrapped Club!"
Whoa! You're one day post-op. It's a great surgery for those of us who need it, but it's not magic! Those inflamed tissues will take weeks to heal...give yourself time, and don't expect miracles.
I was also one of those people having the surgery for "atypical symptoms"...mine involved uncontrolled asthma due to constantly irritated lungs.
It took my lungs about two and a half months to recover after the surgery. Coughing? I coughed my guts out, as I had a lung infection before, during, and after surgery. The incision that hurt the most was the one on the left near the ribs. It kept getting irritated each time I coughed.
Have faith, my friend. Your symptoms will subside. You will be helped by the surgery, but it takes some time. You didn't get that bad in a day, and it'll take more than a day to heal.
The tube thing your surgeon talked about is a "bougie"--and it allows the surgeon to measure the size of the opening, so it isn't too tight. If you can burp, hurray! As your wife said, don't complain that you aren't bloated and miserable. That does not mean that your wrap is a failure. Give it a chance.
Trust me, we've all been there--second guessing and worrying about every symptom. Keep walking to help your shoulder pain. The more you walk, the better it will feel.
Hang in there and stay with us. If you're worried, you can talk about your worries here. We all have. That's what we're here for!
Rest up and heal well. Any questions, fire away!