Subra, I so agree with you, and think you are approaching the situation as I wish I had. I should have pushed for a less invasive surgery, but with Barrett's Esophagus sounding so scary and the surgeon feeling confident Nissen was the best solution, I just had to go on trust.
I agree, I think this disorder is very prevalent and becoming more so. I am so surprised that there are not more skilled surgeons and researchers that are looking for advanced treatments. It's hard enough to find the best surgeon for the current treatments! Although, there could be research and more physicians realizing treating this disease will keep them in demand for years to come, I probably just don't realize it.
Makes me a bit sad that I had to go so drastic when I know over the next decade or so there will be even better solutions. That's how life goes I suppose.
For me, I just need to continue my quest to make the most of a decision that I feel is done. The reversal scares me, so unless there are unbearable complication down the road. I will just need to continue to tweak my life style to find the best way to live with the Nissen side effects. I do worry about
Barrett's. My insurance would no longer pay for Nexium a few years ago. I was on it for 8 years and had clean upper GI's. My doctor fought hard to get me back on it, but the insurance would not budge. I paid for it myself for a while, but just too expensive. The reflux was getting worse, and then the result was Barrett's. I firmly believe this did not have to happen. Our medical system still treats disease instead of focusing on prevention. Ironically a month after my surgery, insurance decided to cover Nexium again. Figures
. Take care, and yes, please keep posting. Anita (Virgogirl)