I did go ahead and have the surgery on Wednesday. I came home last night. It was really a breeze. They did the lap surgery.
I have no more heartburn. I don't have difficulty swallowing. I don't have any of the horror story symptoms.
After surgery, yes your bowel does have to wake up and that involves lots of walking and going slow with introducing liquids and sticking to the diet they tell you to stick to. I ended up getting two suppositories just to get things moving in the right direction.
I am able to BURP and FART! Which I am very pleased about.
Just remember, my surgeon is one of the best in the country. Dr. Steven Cassivi at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
If anyone has other questions for me I'm willing to answer them.