So it has been 3 months since surgery. Overall I am VERY pleased with the outcome. I have not had one episode of GERD since surgery and I can lay perfectly flat and use just the one pillow to sleep. I have not been able to this for years.
I am back to doing anything I want to do physically. I had no problems dealing and pretty much have been totally back to normal activities by 8 weeks after surgery.
I have lost about
20 plus , some pounds. I drink ALOT of water and Ginger/Lemon tea.
I still have episodes of difficulty swallowing. Not everyday though. Seems heavy foods like bread-noodles-pizza-oatmeal, are the worst offenders, but really ANY food that I eat can cause an episode. The thing is to eat slower and chew it up very well. I also find warm/hot drinks PRIOR to eating ,helps relax my esophagus.
This morning we went to Bob Evans and I had plain oatmeal and English muffin. I had not had much, maybe 3-4 small bites oatmeal and half of the muffin and it got stuck. BAD . I ended up going to bathroom and brought it all up.
Foods like that are the most difficult to swallow. I usually have poached eggs when we eat out for breakfast or a veggie omelet and never bread. I should have known better.
I also am an Intermittent Faster, so I normally do not eat but once a day. I do tend to graze on fresh fruit and veggies Grapes right from the get go are a mainstay for me....and nuts
I Eat less since surgery and am more aware ( most of the time) what I am eating, so I make better healthier food choices, which is good. I love stir fry with fresh veggies. I don't eat very much meat.
I can Iive without Pizza-noodles bread and oatmeal. ( Grits are goof though and no problem with them). I had to make adjustments and I still try certain foods now and then. Somedays they go down great, other days...not so much.
The benefits outweigh the foods I can't eat anymore and I'd rather eat to live than live to eat.
I am happy I had this surgery and I would recommend it. I will update again in May or June