So sorry to hear that your husband is suffering so with GERD. I don't understand the "he's too young" argument. They do this surgery on infants and children. I've hear, "too old", too--from a woman in her early 50's. Their theory is probably that it won't last a lifetime if he gets it at age 36, but that shouldn't deter him. There are many people on this forum who have had re-dos, so it can be done. At first I thought redos had to be done with an
open procedure, but have found out recently that it is routinely done laproscopically.
I had the surgery in February, and wouldn't hesitate to have a redo if it was necessary. (I'm 57, and had the surgery because the GERD was causing my asthma to be out of control. What a wonderful relief to be able to breathe and not cough up tons of mucous every day.)
It sounds like he needs to shop around for another GI doc. Has he had any tests done? Traditional ones are the endoscopy, 24 hour PH monitor, barium swallow, sometimes a stomach emptying test, and manometry. I had a GI doc who was not helpful--he wouldn't listen to my experiences and take me seriously. I fired him, and found a GI doc who respects me and listens to what I'm saying. He also worked well with my family and asthma doctors--suggesting the possibility of surgery, although my test results didn't indicate a traditional level of GERD symptoms generally indicating surgery.
You're in a good place, Rita. Your husband deserves better--the surgical option is something to be considered. He's definitely not too young. I'm sure he doesn't want to live with the difficult symptoms he's experiencing, so he needs to be proactive--searching out physicians who will take him seriously and really help him.
If he decides on surgery, then the most important thing to do is find an excellent and extremely competent and experienced surgeon. The surgeon he chooses is the absolute most important piece of the puzzle. The surgeon has to be experienced SPECIFICALLY in laproscopic Nissen Fundoplication.
I hope you and your husband find an answer to his health issues soon.
Stick around this forum, and I'm sure you'll get lots of responses from other experienced members. It's a very supportive forum, and we will all be your husband's cheerleaders as he searches out an answer to his problem.
Take care, and welcome!