A few people have asked about TIF surgery the last few weeks. I had my surgery on April 14 after 10 years of reflux, PPIs, and waking up at night. The last 4 years I would be awake 2 to 3 hours each night and have to sit straight up and eat a bowl of cereal to get my reflux calmed down and back to sleep. My first ambulatory pH test showed that I had severe reflux and I had the TIF surgery.
Two weeks after surgery I went off my PPI, as the surgeon recommended, and the third night I had as much acid reflux as ever. My surgeon said to go back on the PPI and said that I still would have a great deal of healing and that it would get better. As time went I felt that the reflux was less as I was not having the bad taste, not drinking water constantly and my pain below my sternum was less but sometimes present. I still felt that I had reflux at night waking me up and occasionally reflux during the day. My doctor then prescribed carafate which eased the stomach pains and the pain below my sternum, I must have had gastritis.
Last Wednesday I went off my PPI for my second ambulatory pH test. By Saturday night my reflux seemed better without the PPI. Could my reflux be better without the PPI? On Monday I took my second 24 ambulatory pH test. Today I got the pH test results back and I still had some reflux but it has improved significantly. When comparing the results of my two pH tests my reflux has been reduced about 90% and I had no reflux episodes at night. My reflux is probably no more that a normal person.
The pH tests show that my TIF was successful in reducing my reflux. I think that the years of waking up at night is now a habit that I have to break.