- I have been on Aciphex, Nexium, PrevAcid, Dexliant, Prilosec, Zegerid and Amitriptyline. The PrevAcid and Nexium seemed to work the best. I had a horrible reaction to Dexliant - but I have heard it's great for others. Since the tests (bravo, mobility, endoscopy) I stopped the PrevAcid (was on 60mg a day) and have been eating Tums, Pepto and Zantac 150 like crazy. I should go back on the PrevAcid I guess, but I'm scared I will start it again, stop after surgery and get rebound reflux. On the other hand I'm scared I'm eroding my esophagus currently. The surgery can't come fast enough! One week from today (as long as insurance comes back and says yes!)
The one that got denied at first did get resubmitted and then approved. She said both that one and the approved patient were in August. Same month, same insurance but one was approved instantly while the other denied then approved. She said she has no idea the rhyme or reason :/ They do seem confident that mine will get approved. I am really scared of Nissen too! That part apparently did get approved for me. The surgeon runs it through as LINX as the first option and Nissen as a fall back. Then when they approve Nissen he asks them why they approved that one but not LINX, that Nissen is more invasive than LINX. Then they approve LINX.
I asked her the overall price and she said all she can see right there is the surgeon's fee is $2,500 for his part, that doesn't include the device, anesthesia, hospital, etc.Liz V.
Thank you very much! I'm going to try to force myself to keep a daily journal/update of everything :)33333
- The swallowing test I'm talking about
is the manometry (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esophageal_motility_study
). I know you have to have certain results from this test to quality for LINX. My lower esophageal muscle doesn't function at all. He said the rest of the test shows I'd be able to swallow food correctly and it would work well with the LINX. I had a barium swallow done back in 2005, but not recently or as a prerequisite for LINX.
As far as I know, for LINX you have to have these 3 tests done to see if you qualify:
2. 48 hour pH Bravo Capsule Study
3. Manometry (Escophgeal Motility Study)