Hi Chelsey, I am taking dexilant. It worked very well for me last year. This year I am having breakthrough symptoms and I'm not sure why--but yes, last year it did work well. I was not aware of the risk of perforation with the Bravo probe as my understanding is that it is a flexible probe. I've not had it done, though it has been strongly recommended that I do. My reason for not doing it is mostly the inconvenience, but I've known many people who've had it done without any true discomfort (just "feeling weirdness" at first)
My understanding is that there is a .03% risk of perforation with an endoscopy and this increases to 5%-20% if one has achalasia or eosinophilic esophagitis AND a dilation is done to release strictures. But a diagnostic endoscopy should pose a very small risk of perforation.There is also a risk of perforation with colonoscopy, but again, fairly rare, but more common than that of endoscopy. The surgeon should give you the stats on the consent form and definitely ask questions and read it fully.
I had an endoscopy MOnday--I had sedation --so the procedure was fine and quick. I am struggling with some after pain because I had multiple biopsies done and my esophagus is very irritated right now. It is getting better .