Same here, I keep hearing 6 months to a year to feel better, or to know the operation was a success. However, I'm like Max, I heard so many good stories and simply cannot understand why things don't feel as successful for me as others. I am a little over 3 months in and still have issues.
Doctors are confusing and contradicting. My surgeon says things will work themselves out into the 6 month to a year point. My GI said, "sorry, but the longer healing is not going to improve symptoms, nothing is going to heal to make them any better than a few weeks out from surgery." However, I don't think he was correct. I was getting breakthrough reflux which seems to have gotten better. Oddly,my lung burning had greatly improved, but is now giving me some grief.
I think it is a roller coaster. I also think the changes in my body can mimic things. For instance, I am learning that some of what I feel is reflux is probably just the pressure that swallowed air has on my digestive system.
I also mistakingly thought having this surgery meant I can now eat the do not eat foods of reflux, which I cannot. I also got realy lazy with eating smaller, slower meals, which causes issues. You feel better and go back to your same habits, and your new body just does not dig that!
I have to be real and true to myself that my eating habits and if I have a few drinks etc., I will still pay a price. My mission is to find a diet that is kind to my newly constructed body (not just what foods, but how I eat them and how much). Truly, I had to tell myself that I did not have this surgery so I can eat whatever the heck I want and prevent further pain and damage. I think for me any way, the surgery was probably a success at stopping damage to the esophagus and lungs, but I am still responsible for being kind to my body for the surgery to have the best situation to function as intended.