How do you know if you're a candidate for reflux surgery (any of them)? I've had severe GERD for years, and even on double dose PPIs, and a daily acid blocker, I always seem to come up with erosive gastritis and erosive esophagitis with my endoscopies. Seems to me like the problem gets worse as I age. My mother had this problem, and she eventually ended up with the Nissen fundoplication. It was towards the end of her life, however, and she never really got a chance to enjoy the results. They never pushed the surgery with her.
My doctors have never even mentioned surgery, and when I brought it up once with a doctor whom I was seeing for 1 time only, he literally laughed at me. Said the side effects of the surgery can be worse the disease itself so they reserve surgery for only the most severe cases. Yet, according to the criteria I've seen on the internet, I probably meet all of the qualifications for candidacy.
What's the deal here? I see a lot of you have had a procedure done--what were your circumstances? Given that I'm only 41 and I've been told I'll be on PPIs for life, is surgery something I should consider?
Thanks for any info. you can share,
Current dx: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Suspected dx: UCTD/Lupus
Current Meds: Enbrel, Methotrexate, nexium, tramadol, nasonex, Nifedipine, Folic Acid, Tylenol PM