Agreed that this surgery is not a “cure “. In general, I have been pretty lucky so far in the 2 1/2 years since takedown. Things may not be perfect but they sure are better than the alternative. I do take Lomotil as needed as well as Align and Benefiber and try to have a pretty healthy diet and exercise program. All in all I have few complaints. I have so many more good days than bad. I would encourage others to have this surgery, but to have realistic expectations and to understand that we all don’t have the same issues. I also empathize with those who have serious complications.