I'll drop Bill an email and let him know you have questions. I'll include a link to this thread.
It is not normal to have those problems at your stage in recovery. You should be able to swallow normally by 6 months, barring any unusual setbacks like vomiting/retching. (That can irritate things and slow up your progress...by the way, do you have anti-nausea drugs handy? You should always keep them with you once wrapped. Vomiting/retching can cause lots of problems and damage wraps.) It's normal to have to eat more slowly and chew your food completely before swallowing, but as long as you're following that "wrapped rule" you should be able to swallow without a problem.
Your surgeon is way off base. Maybe if you had lower GI issues or stomach was bothering you, that would be a different issue. But swallowing problems are linked directly to the wrap--or motility issues. Were you tested with a manometry to measure your swallowing reflex before having the surgery? If you have swallowing reflex problems, that could make it difficult to get food past your wrap as well.
Do you live near any large medical centers/universities? How about a Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins, Duke University, or Cleveland Clinic, etc.? That would be a great place to start. You want to find who does "all the Nissens" or who specializes in redos. If you're questioning how your wrap is working, you'll need to find someone who has lots of experience fixing other surgeon's problems.
I'm very glad your asthma has resolved. I'm an asthma sufferer, too, and my lungs were a mess before my surgery. I would have a redo in a heartbeat if I started having lung issues again!
I'll email Bill now, and he should respond pretty quickly if he's around.
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