Each surgeon has their own theory of swelling issues. My surgeon told me that my swallowing would get more difficult throughout the first two weeks, with swelling peaking on or about the 14 day mark. This is actually quite standard information, although some surgeon's aren't good at communicating post-op issues and leave their patients in the dark.
I've had the surgery myself, and have participated on this forum for four plus years, and I can tell you that swelling along with difficulty swallowing, is a common (though not universal) issue during the first weeks of recovery. Perhaps you will sail through the early recovery with no swelling issues, but it is more than likely that some of the symptoms you'll feel (pain, mucous in the esophagus, reflux feelings, etc.) will be due to swelling at the wrap site.
Keep in mind that wrap swelling isn't the same thing as your "throat closing up". It doesn't involve your throat at all. It's the area where the stomach and esophagus meet...where the wrap has been created out of your stomach.
It's you perfect right to disregard the information others here share with you. We're coming from our own experiences, and sharing them because we care about others who come here seeking information. There are lots of other things we could be doing with our time, believe me.
I wish you the very best of luck with your recovery.
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