Well, week 8 came and went -- not much to report anyway!
Had a follow up with the surgeon today which was helpful to put things into perspective. I was reminded of my main symptoms prior to implant: regurgitation, dyspepsia, coughing, and belching. The good news is that three of those are basically resolved post-LINX. The first and the last are most noticeable in their absence, which has significantly improved my quality of life.
The dyspepsia is still outstanding, though it is much better now that I'm back on 20mg omeprazole.
The healing process is still ongoing, and I may ultimately never get quite as stellar results as others due to my esophagus being hypersensitive to acidity. Who knows. Maybe it needs longer to calm down and heal post-implant, and post-four years of acid reflux. Maybe the vagus nerve is irritated and needs time to adjust as well. Or maybe this is as good as it gets. If so, I'd still do it all over again and have the LINX implanted.
I will continue to try to kick my PPI habit over the coming months, but I'm going to be taking it slowly. And ultimately, I'm deciding to be okay with 20mg a day into the future, if I'm not able to come off then. There are new procedures in the works for reflux and more will develop in coming years. By no means is this the end of the road.
For those of you out there who are at the beginning of your LINX recovery and struggling with dysphagia: chin up! I have a theory that those who have significant dysphagia have a better outcome ultimately due to a better tightening of the sphincter. I had nearly none and still have mild discomfort with burning in my upper esophagus daily. So think of the pain as a good indicator of success if it's getting you down!