I'd had a chronic cough that no Dr seemed to be able to sort out. Finally got a good group and after all the procedures, Endoscopy, Esophagram and a failed Manemotry, I had my Nissen wrap and hernia repair on 18 Dec 2013, with 5 incisions. I was told my esophagus was so burned from GERD that had we not caught this when we did it could have turned into Cancer. I have good days and bad days. Most days, I suppose where the wrap is, I feel there is a large lump that's very uncomfortable when sitting so I have to sit up straight most the time, it really is quite annoying. The healing process is very frustrating in that I'm my own worst enemy as I just can't sit still, I have to be in my garden and get caught up in what I'm doing and it's not until later I realize I shouldn't have picked up that heavy plant!! I've done this a few times and worry what I've done to myself so I rest for a few days as I'm very sore. Yes, I know it's really stupid!
After one week, the surgeon said I could eat anything I wanted, then after 6 weeks I was cleared to eat red meat but still haven't eaten a hamburger or a (small) steak as I don't feel I can handle it. I usually drink a protein drink in the morning, maybe half a sandwich for lunch, and fish, chicken with rice or sometimes a slice of pizza for early dinner. I'm only eating half of what I used to. I've lost 16lbs. I don't snack anymore and I don't eat chocolate only because I want to keep the weight off! I still have a little bit of a cough but use TUMS sometimes and have no need for my Asthma medication anymore. I'm glad I had the operation but the healing process is getting me down and wish I could fast forward to December 2014!