Yes, I'm still around! It's good to hear from you, although I'm sorry you're having problems.
I had a Nissen, rather than a TIF, but I think that recovery/symptoms are pretty similar. I can speak to the Nissen, and but I think you can assume that what I'm saying can apply to TIF surgery as well.
When the surgeon does the Nissen, the goal is reduced reflux, no zero reflux. If the wrap were tight enough to ensure absolutely no reflux, then it would be too tight to allow food through. The goal is to stop GERD/serious reflux, but this doesn't mean you won't get reflux ever.
If you have a bad eating period, and you're eating more trigger foods, or your stomach is reacting badly to what you've eaten, you can certainly get a period of time when you get some reflux and wrap/lower esophagus irritation. If this happens, then back off your eating, and stick with bland (no spice, acidic foods, rough foods like popcorn or raw veggies, alcohol) and baby your stomach/wrap/esophagus. It takes several weeks of careful eating to heal things, but it's likely you'll be back to your old self again.
Don't panic! Just relax, eat and drink very carefully, and baby your stomach.
Hang in there!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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