I am weeks away from my year anniversary. I had the full wrap and also hiatal hernia surgery.
I went back to work on the 3rd week but I didn't have any heavy lifting or bending. You have to swat down with your legs, NOT bend over with your waist. I was exhausted and still was sore and it was hard to eat at work because it took me over an hour to eat a yogurt. But I plowed through that.
This website is the BEST place to go to read about people's experiences and the dos and don'ts.
Do NOT force food, your stomach is smaller after this surgery and it is still healing. I had horrific shoulder pain from the Vegus nerve being pressed from the esophagus swollen, that went away around the 4th week. The gas was unbelievable!! Too the point of I was afraid to go out and it's a good thing I was alone in the office at work a lot. The gas problem took around 8 months to calm down. It now hits me later in the afternoon and evening.
It was a long year, besides going through the unexpected loss of my Mother in August, I've been doing well, GERD wise, as I no longer take any meds for it.
Again, please go through the posts and read them, there are a great bunch of people here who can help you through this.
Nissen Fundaplication 3/1/2010 (full wrap)
Hiatal Hernia 3/1/2010
Thyroid Removal 1990