Surgery? What surgery?

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 11/24/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband has acid reflux.  He has been seeing a Gastroenterologist who has him taking Nexium (just doubled the dose).  He has some esophogial damage but his last scope biopsy came back nonspecific.   My dad is a retired physician and commented that a Gastro doc might not mention surgery because that is not what they do.  Please help me to understand what surgery is done, what the surgical process is and what questions are important to ask prior to surgery.  Hopefully you can help Hubby and I learn enough to do additional research and be educated when he speaks to a doctor.  Right now I have no idea where to start.  Thank you,
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I refuse to define myself by my condition or the meds I take

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 11/24/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Stronglady,

I have not had the surgery but many here have had different surgeries the most popular seems to be the nissen fundoplication. I am posting one of the best sites for you however the members here are extremely helpful and a wealth of wisdom. I know you will get lots of great advice.

I have friends at Mayo so I often use their site.

Take care and know we are here to support you,


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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 11/24/2009 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have the time go back and read the where in the world is bill thread along with Denise's threads from about Feb. 09 on. She has some great info in there. Mine is mostly what can happen and what to do to get it corrected. There are several others that have very good reads on this subject too. Griffdawg, Rafael, and Rick's are good reads too. I am sure my overly tired and sleep deprived brain is forgetting someone....sorry.

Take care,

PS I think Denise has some links to her treads on this. I hope she finds tis soon for you.

Post Edited (opnwhl4) : 11/24/2009 9:46:26 PM (GMT-7)

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 11/26/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Nissen, EsophyX TIF, Hill, and Linx (in research now) are the options I've heard of.
I'm scheduled for the Hill in December.
My doctor showed me photos of polyps in my stomach due to long term use of PPIs. I've been on maxium dose for four years (2 nexiums and a zantac).

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