Glad to hear you have made the decision to move forward with the surgery. I wish I had done it many years ago honestly! I suffered with acid reflux for 12 years and was on Nexium the entire time. Unfortunately, the meds took a toll on my body causing osteoporosis in my hips and spine. The meds deplete the calcium from your bones and I could not take calcium as it caused horrible constipation. You take one med to help one thing and it hurts another. The past year my body was getting used to the Nexium and it was not working like it had been. I knew I had to try this surgery. I could no longer live like I was!
So far I am happy I did. I am 3 weeks post op tomorrow and honestly the recovery for me has not been that bad so far. I have had some swallowing issues, and right now, it's weird. I can swallow soft foods fine, but water seems to not like going down. Also my pills don't like too either. It's odd with the water but I feel if it's the least bit cold it must cause spasms or something as I feel a big lump in my esophagus for a few seconds and I will burp a couple times and it will be ok. You would think water would be the easiest to go down.
I still am a little hoarse. I go to the dr. for my post op appt today so hoping he can shed some light on why I am hoarse starting at day 10 and continuing on. I have a mucus feel in my throat a lot but we live in a cold climate and have a wood stove and even tho I have a humidifier it still is a little dry in here and I have been in the house pretty much non-stop for 3 weeks so perhaps some is sinus related too. I have had sinus issues for years as well.
I am a mail carrier, so I am hoping to try back to work again tomorrow. I tried day 12 and the twisting and reaching for boxes did not work with my chest. I was afraid I was going to hurt something with the wrap area as my chest ached a lot. It's been another 9 days so I am hoping tomorrow will feel differently. I also bought a special tool to assist in reach boxes so I don't have to reach much. Hoping that works. I have to get back to my job.
From the day of my surgery, I felt no pain, with my incisions or with my chest at all! I have been very lucky. I took just Tylenol right out of the hospital which I only stayed 1 night. The only pain I had was in my shoulders and neck area for a few days but nothing Tylonel wouldn't help.
I wish you lots of luck and look forward to hearing of your recovery too. I know it will be quite awhile before the healing is complete but it's definitely not as bad, so far, as I thought it was going to be. Good luck and if you ever have any questions along the way, your in the right place. This forum has been a godsend to me.
Best of luck