Just passed the eight month mark since my LINX surgery last year. My life has drastically improved! I can sleep lying down again, pretty much eat what I want, am resting better, no longer waking up in the night choking, and my anxiety level has dropped to pretty much a normal level.
One of the best things is that my asthma problems have tremendously improved. I still have symptoms brought on by allergies, but am no longer having the chronic wheezing like I used to. This past March I got a cold and only had mild wheezing for about three days, whereas in the 3 or 4 years prior to my surgery, every time I got a cold I would have horrible wheezing and rattling for 3 weeks and would have a residual cough for another 3 weeks. It was miserable.
The experience has been overwhelmingly positive. There have been a few minor bumps along the way, but I've learned to deal with them:
-For about the first two months after the surgery I had periodic dysphagia, sometimes pretty extreme. But the doctor assured me this was normal. I moved back to softer foods, ate much more slowly, and took it easy. After a while it went away. Every now and then now if I eat a piece of dry chicken or take too big of a bite out of something dense like a bagel or something, I have a very mild case, but nothing too serious. I can pretty much eat whatever I want now, I just sometimes need to eat a little more slowly.
-I have had two minor episodes of reflux, but both times were after eating way too much. Not being able to enjoy food for a long time, I kind of went nuts a couple in the first few months after the surgery. But a Tums knocked it out.
-The biggest problem I had was swallowing pills. Coated pills and capsules seem to be okay, but uncoated pills would sometimes seem to get stuck. It would then sometimes trigger a strange uncomfortable sensation in my esophagus. It almost seemed like reflux, but I'm convinced now it was spasms. But I think I've finally found the solution. For uncoated pills I split the pill (if it's larger) and stick each half in a small spoon full of Jello and swallow it with water. It goes down smoothly, and I haven't had a problem in about three weeks now.
I haven't regretted the LINX for a minute. Any side effects I've experienced have been nothing compared to how miserable I was before the surgery. I've gained ten pounds (which my doctor is pleased about since I was underweight) and have more energy. I can have my morning coffee without choking for half the day, and enjoy a juicy steak on a date with my wife.
If your doctor recommends the LINX for either GERD or LPR, give it serious consideration.