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babygirl10150
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   Posted 10/7/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an appt with the surgeon on the 16th. After everything I read, I don't think I want the nissen. I'm really hoping the Linx can get approved. My dr said the surgeon usually just does the nissen but I'm going to ask about the other less invasive procedures first.

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   Posted 10/7/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with the appointment. Maybe the surgeon has gotten up to date on the new procedures. I also have an appointment on the 16th, but it for the Ortho doctor.

Take care,
Bill

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   Posted 10/7/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor takes out of town/ out of state patients. If you want I can send you a link to his site.
He does the EsopheX and I believe he's also doing the linx study.

Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 10/7/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
That would be great Joy, thanks!

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   Posted 10/8/2009 6:22 AM (GMT -6)   

babygirl,

Good luck with your appointment on the 16th.  I will keep you in my prayers and send you good vibes to help your appointment go well......... :-)

I wish you peace,

Kitt


 

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couchtater
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   Posted 10/8/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Babygirl, go to your personal page, turn on your email, and I'll send you his website link.
If you see something from ganpa you know that's me. smilewinkgrin

Joy
 
If you don't want to do that, I can send it to kitt and she can relay it to you.

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   Posted 10/8/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Babygirl,
I'm not sure what your situation is, and why you're not considering the lap Nissen procedure, but I would say that I'm thrilled with the results of the Nissen I had in February. I was very worried as I was considering what to do about my uncontrollable GERD-induced asthma. I certainly understand why you'd be hesitant. There are a lot of very negative posts around the internet.

It's a decision only you can make, but I'd encourage you to at least consider the Nissen as one of your choices. While it's not perfect, it's been around for 50 years, (only 10 or so as a laproscopic procedure) and it has helped many people. The horror stories you read about are generally the result of an incompetent surgeon. If you're very careful who you select to do the surgery, your odds are greatly improved.

I did NOT want to have the Nissen. I avoided it for four years, and during that time I was on so many steroids for my asthma that I have developed irreversible skin problems (thin skin that tears and bruises very easily). If I'd been smart, I'd have had the surgery years ago, and could have avoided that side effect.

I'm not saying that you won't do great with the other procedure routes. I'm just saying that the Nissen is an excellent option for the right patient, in the hands of the right surgeon. The recovery isn't all that bad. I was on liquids in the hospital, then five days on soft foods. After that I was able to eat whatever I wanted, as long as I was able to chew it to a liquid. That is pretty much anything.

I was back to eating normally after a couple months or so. My only limitations now are taking those giant calcium-type supplements. Other than that I'm back to normal, and unfortunately have gained most of the weight I lost back. (We're moving, and have been eating out a lot--not a great thing for weight control! It does show, though, that post surgery you do get back to normal pretty quickly.)
I wish you the very best of luck finding the right answer to your GERD problems. Keep us posted.
We'll all be here waiting to cheer you on, whatever you decide!
Take care,
Denise

babygirl10150
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   Posted 10/10/2009 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy, I opened up my email. Didn't know I had to do that. LOL

If I do get the nissen, I don't want it to fail or have more problems. My dr discussed with me what the outcome can be and the problems. But none of the meds are working so I guess I'm out of options. I've been trying Protonix again with no result.

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   Posted 10/10/2009 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to your profile and it said your email was unavailable. Try again.

Joy

babygirl10150
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   Posted 10/10/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I got it now.

couchtater
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   Posted 10/11/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I got you! I sent it today. I hope it works for you.

Joy
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