I had the surgery in February 27, 2009. I understand your trepidation...it's never easy to look toward surgery. Those of us with severe GERD, or moderate GERD with bad side effects (my problem--asthma made uncontrollable), sometimes find ourselves faced with the reality that there is really no other choice--we can't go on the way we are, and need to give the surgery a try.
Then we start researching the procedure and find ourselves reading all kinds of negative posts written by people whose surgeries were botched by inexperienced hands, and start projecting all kinds of horrible problems on ourselves via our own surgery. My advice is STOP! Thank goodness for the wonderful people who inhabit this forum. If it weren't for them, I might have never had the courage to go forward with the surgery. I put it off far too long--so long that I very likely compromised the success of my own wrap, due to steroid usage for my asthma issues.
I was very pleasantly surprised with my recovery from this surgery. I was prepared for the worst, and it was much easier than I had ever hoped.
As Joy said, the day of surgery isn't a problem...
As I recall I got to the hospital, they put me into my hospital room. I was then visited by various medical personnel, who prepared me for the surgery. I had to have a nebulizer treatment for my asthma, as it was very bad.
They took me to another room to meet the anesthesiologist, and he asked me a few questions. The surgeon visited me then as well, and gave me the opportunity to ask questions.
Then I said bye bye to my husband, and was transported to the operating room. (It was COLD!)
I was transferred to the table, and they placed me on some sort of positioner, which wasn't that comfortable, but it wasn't long after that when the anesthesiology knocked me out and I don't remember anything until I woke up in the recovery room.
Thankfully, I wasn't nauseous (I was afraid I would be), and I really felt quite good. I don't even remember having a sore throat. Once they had me talking, and threw a couple very warm heated blankets over me, they gave me something to suck on for my dry mouth, and as I recall, not long after that (I'm sure it was longer than I remember) I was returned to my room and my waiting husband. My husband said I was gone for about two hours.
During the night you'll get enough pain relievers to keep you comfortable...I was given very good advice from my night nurse. She said to walk the halls whenever I went to the bathroom. I did a lot of walking my one night in the hospital. She said that the more I walked, the more I would be relieved of the shoulder pain that is often a post-op symptom--caused by the air that they pump into your abdomen to make it possible to operate laproscopically.
That, as it turned out, was excellent advice, and I continued to follow it when I went home. The more I walked, the less I suffered from that gas-provoking shoulder pain that many find very hard to live with. (It's temporary, but for some, can last far too long.)
I had liquids on my breakfast tray...the tray had coffee, juice, ginger ale...and a straw. What's wrong with this picture? Coffee is a no no, ginger ale is carbonated...another no no, and a straw introduces way too much air into your stomach...another no no.
You'll have to educate yourself, because typically, the hospital won't have a clue about what you can and can't have! A liquid diet is a liquid diet.
When I went home I was moved to soft foods (squash, applesauce, egg custard, yogurt, etc.) I was on soft food until I saw the surgeon five days later, when he put me on solid foods that could be chewed to a liquid.
So that's another description of the surgery...
Not so bad, is it?
You'll do just fine!
Any more questions? Ask away!
Take care and best wishes.