Where to go? Best place for a child with GERD

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cdgnirose
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   Posted 11/26/2011 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter's first surgey was in Switzerland.
We will be going back to the State to see both the gastroenterologist and most likely a surgeon.
The question is.. where to go?
 
We'll be staying in a hotel and the hotel expense will be paid for.. so that isn't a worry.  I want to go someplace where she will get good care.
 
I thought about Mayo clinic in Minnesota or the Children's hospital in Boston.  I don't know people in either city.
 
If you could go anywhere in the US for surgery,  where would you go?   After surgery, how much follow up care is there?
How often would we need to be seen after the surgery?  On average, how long does it take to no longer need to be seen by either the surgeon or the gastroenterologist?

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 11/26/2011 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

Children's Hospital Central California in Madera, California is a great children's center. They do have several Pediatric Gastroenterologists on staff.

Here is their website:
http://www.childrenscentralcal.org/Pages/Default.aspx

Best of luck to you. Please keep us posted, as we would all like to hear how she's doing. I hope your daughter is well soon!
Ashley

dencha
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   Posted 11/26/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
An acquaintance who lives in Virginia has a child (a baby, really--just a year old) with severe GI issues, and she goes to CHOP (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia).  While I have no experience with this hospital, she has found excellent care there. 
Good luck finding an answer!
Denise

opnwhl4
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   Posted 11/27/2011 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
The Cleveland Clinic is supposed to be one of the leaders in this surgery.

Take care,
Bill
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cdgnirose
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   Posted 11/27/2011 5:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all.  I read US News report today listing the top 50 locations.  This was helpful in determing good places.
 
The website was health.usnews.com and it list the top 50 hospitals as well as the top 50 physicans for each field.
 
The numbers below only reflect what I was interested in .. Pediatric Gastroenterlogy.
 
Interesting that Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was #1.  Boston was #2. 
The Mayo Clinic for Children was #29, but for adults it was #1.
 
 
Given that Cincinnati and Boston are #1 and #2,  I think if we head to the States, we'll go to Boston.  My first preference is for the medicine to work and her esophogus to heal.

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 11/27/2011 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Have a good trip, and please keep us posted on her progress. We're all hoping for a good outcome!

Ashley

dencha
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   Posted 11/27/2011 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
I think in the realm of things, #2 Boston will be a fine, fine children's hospital, and just as good as #1.  Hey, when you're that good, it is tiny differences from day to day that might make you number one or two.
 
I join Ashley (and everyone else here) in wishing you a safe trip and wonderful result for your daughter.
 
Best wishes,
Denise

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   Posted 11/27/2011 10:40 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Good Morning.  First of all I cannot imagine how tough this is on your little one and I believe you are all lucky to have each other.
 
I think you have done your homework well and you have made your choice so take it one step at a time.  We are all here wishing you a safe journey and hopefully your daughter will not need surgery ..........my prayers are with you.
 
Kindly,
Kitt

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