Welcome to Healing Well! I'm glad you've found us! I also discovered this forum as I was getting ready to have the surgery. It helped me have the courage to go forward, and provided me with lots of very important tips to make my recovery easier.
The main thing is to be sure that your surgeon is a highly qualified Nissen surgeon who has done hundreds, if not thousands of these surgeries. A minimum of around 300 seem to be the break even point. There are many fabulous surgeons who just don't have enough experience in this particular procedure yet, and you don't want someone practicing on you! I remember telling my surgeon that his resident could help, but I wanted HIM doing the actual procedure. I'm a teacher, and know that learning is important, but sorry...not on me! Not with this tricky procedure!
A partial wrap is the best thing for someone with swallowing issues. I had a full wrap, but Joy, another regular member, had the partial, and has had great luck with it.
I also didn't have a lot of weight to lose, but didn't mind losing some! I actually lost 14 pounds after the surgery, but unfortunately, have gained them back! Never fear...your eating will improve gradually over the first months, and you'll be gaining that initial weight back without a problem.
The eating issue depends on your doctor. Mine had a very liberal eating policy, and placed the majority of the responsibility for making good eating choices on his patients. I was eating liquids my one day in the hospital, soft foods when I went home, and "anything that could be chewed to a liquid" after I saw my surgeon on Day 6. I practiced taking small bites and chewing things to a liquid before my surgery, so I had an idea of what I could eat before I started.
For me (a fellow food-lover) it was much more pleasant to eat tiny bites and chew things to a liquid, rather than allowing the blender to have all the fun! It just felt more like eating to me, and opened up a wider range of foods.
Keep in mind that in the beginning your stomach can't hold much at all. You fill up after probably a quarter of a cup of food. You won't be eating "normally" for quite some time, so don't think you're going to be eating like you did pre-surgery right away. Your newly formed wrap (AKA the top/fundus of your stomach) needs to settle into its new job and be fully healed before that happens.
Glad you've joined our group. You'll soon be a member of our officlal Wrapped Club!