I am 4 days post-op, and I am very pleased with the whole experience. Obviously, 4 days is not sufficient to claim total success against 15+ years of GERD and NEXIUM, but I am very hopeful.
Pain management in the Hospital was Morphine - which tends to delay recovery of my "lower body systems" but all is approaching normal at home. My procedure started at Noon, and I left the Hospital by 2:00 pm next day
I an taking an Oxycodone/Tylanol liquid for pain at home. I am allowed to take a dose every four hours, but found I can go six or more hours without a problem. I could not sleep overnight in the hospital. First night home, sleep was intrupted 8 times as my bladder came alive, but I did sleep. Second night home I slept through the night.
The five incisions spots sting occasionally, but go mostly unnoticed when sitting or lying down. The suprise was the "referred pain" in my shoulders which is really the Diapharagm projecting pain to the shoulders through funny nerve wireing. I am glad the Doctor told me what this was as it is the most annoying pain.
I had no problem with swallowing when the nurse gave me apple juice in the morning. I was also very relieved that I could Burp right away indicating that the wrap was not too tight (at least at that point). At home, apple juice and beef broth have gone down and stayed down. I am walking around the house, up and down stairs and through the local drug store with minimal discomfort.
I really wish you well with the LNF, and I hope your experience is as good as mine.