Surgery for GERD

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   Posted 1/17/2011 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all
I just noticed that a lot of members here seem to swear by surgery, and how it seems to be the answer to virtually all your problems/symptoms.
I just wondered whether someone would be a good candidate for surgery if the burning just takes place in the stomach, it doesn't reflux back into the oesophagus? Would they be likely to have any benefit for surgery at all?
Thanks for any advice.

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   Posted 1/17/2011 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Judy,
I had the surgery in February 2009. I have a very reactive stomach, and when I was having a bad time, would get really bad burning right at the bottom of the esophagus. My GERD was more "silent"...I didn't get the food and acid refluxing into my mouth. However, what reflux I did get caused my lungs to be in horrible condition, to the level of dangerous. When I got a bad stomach/lower esophagus inflammation, I couldn't eat anything without pain. Since I had the surgery, I haven't had a flare-up like that.

If you're just having stomach issues, I don't think the surgery would help. However if you're getting any pain in the esophagus/LES area, I think it could help. I know that GI docs don't like to recommend surgery for people with atypical symptoms like yours and mine.

Good luck finding an answer!

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   Posted 1/17/2011 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply!

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   Posted 1/17/2011 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Good question as mine may be buring but mostly is regurge with burning in throat.

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   Posted 1/17/2011 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
You should be able to get rid of the burning with acid meds. PPIs if necessary. If that doesn't work the last resort is surgery.

If only certain foods are causing the reflux keep a food journal and find out which ones are the culprits. I got along fine with this until last year when I was in an acident that pushed my stomach into my chest.
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