Take your time. I have been looking into the same surgery. It has been suggested that I could return to work (office job) in 10 days. That would mean full mobility. As for exercise, I believe 3 months. Please let me know how the surgery goes. I am desperate for a solution to my symptoms. My Dr. says it is a small hernia and I should live with it. The stomach discomfort, vagas nerve issues including palps etc are brutal. I was a very active person, and now am very limited. I am thinking of arranging surgery in the U.S. I am from Canada, and do not get a choice. If my Dr does not recommend surgery, I cannot see a surgeon, regardless of impact on my lifestyle. I wish you a speedy recovery.
Im suffering the same too. I hope we can all get relief from the op. Ive had a ph monitoring test but not had the results yet. I hope they do the op as Im sick of suffering. I get bad pain,pulling and blocking in my oesophaghus and burning. I can't eat when it flares up,also Ive got gastritis. I really need relief. I can't even eat properly with it. I think its awful I can't do anything with it when its bad.