This question is right up my alley. Believe me. They're not going to be worried about
a little dry cough.
I had the surgery in Feb. 2009 due to the effect of GERD on my lungs/asthma. I got a lung infection just before the surgery was scheduled. Was I worried! Mine was a Catch 22. They couldn't ever get my lungs good enough for surgery, so they didn't bother to try.
I had the surgery regardless of my bad lungs. Believe me, they were filled with gunk. I did a nebulizer treatment before surgery, and the anesthesiologist gave me some meds in the anesthesia to keep my lungs
All went well. Although it took 2 and a half more months to get my lungs cleared up, they finally did, and I consider the surgery a success.
I'm telling you this because it shows how someone with a MUCH WORSE cough (my husband had to hit my back (lung PT) to help me cough gunk. After the surgery I ended up with both oral and injected antibiotics to help clear it up ASAP. (I'd already been on antibiotics, and I think the docs hoped that it had done the job)
I coughed severely during the first two months of recovery, and guess what? My wrap stayed intact and working. I had been on high doses of steroids for months, and my internal tissue was very fragile. The surgeon put in extra stitches to hold it, as he was worried that it was so fragile they wouldn't hold.
Don't worry about
a little dry cough. After surgery, try sucking some hard candies (don't swallow them! maybe lollipops would be safer!) You'll want to hold a pillow against your belly when you cough to keep it from hurting as much. Ice on the incisions help, too.
Stick around here. There are lots of members who have had the surgery, and we can answer questions as you go along. We'll be your cheering squad!
Good luck with the surgery!
If you have any other questions before the big day, ask away!