qualifications for surgery????

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sam1115
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   Posted 12/25/2012 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Can anyone tell me what "qualifies" someone for this surgery I see everyone talking about??
Sam

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   Posted 12/25/2012 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
1. You must be diagnosed with GERD.
2. You must have acid coming up into your throat
3. You must have a malfunctioning Lower esophageal spinctor (opening to top of stomache)

Testing to ensure the surgery will work for you and is right for you:
1. Barium Swallow Xray
2. EGD (endoscopy)
3. pH test
4. Motility study
5. Stomach emptying test
Joy
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sam1115
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   Posted 12/25/2012 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you!!! I've been wondering! Guess I may have a long way to go considering I haven't had any of those tests yet ...:-(
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sam1115
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   Posted 12/25/2012 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Can I ask why some people suffer with this for so many years before getting the surgery? I've only suffered 3 months and I would rather just have the surgery and get it over with..cause this is soo uncomfortable .....
Sam

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   Posted 12/25/2012 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Because they are frighten of the surgery (cost and pain-wise).
Some people are satisfied taking the medication which IMHO is just a bandaid for it. You feel somewhat better with the medication but in the long run you'll need the surgery eventually.

The surgery does have it's risk though. Recovery takes time and can be rough at times. Sometimes the wrap will slip or pop stitches. Also you need the very best and most experienced bariatric surgeon to perform the operation.
Joy
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sam1115
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   Posted 12/25/2012 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
What is IMHO? And how do you go about finding the best bariatric surgeon?
Sam

sam1115
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   Posted 12/25/2012 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
How is the tif using esophyx different than what you had done? And.is it as effective?
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   Posted 12/25/2012 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
IMHO. In my humble opinion !

couchtater
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   Posted 12/25/2012 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
"In my honest opinion" :)

I found mine by doing some intensive research in my state. My insurance told me who was on my list and I started finding out information on them from the internet and newspapers articles.
I found out my surgeon was the formost expert on the surgery and even invented his own type of modified Hill procedure/nissen wrap. If you live near Macon, GA you can try to get in with him.
Joy
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Pat Tall
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   Posted 12/25/2012 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Oops! Forgot your other question.

Bariatric is a specialist that deals with obesity, causes and treatment. There are some that do other surgeries such as the Linx for reflux. However you have to ask ALL the docs that you visit,--if I need surgery who would you recommend for your own family. Ask nurses and others who they recommend. When and if the time ever comes for surgery you wil be interviewing the surgeon themselves. How many have you done. How many we're successful. What kind of problems came up,. Would they arrange for you to talk to some of them. Check with your insurance company too. Ask, ask, ask lots of questions and write names and answers down. Ask why they picked a certain procedure for you. Will it be open or keyhole? Why? Check the license out with the State web site. Ours include complaints, judgements awarded by the courts and paid by malpractice insurance company. You can read the details without identification of patients name/address. Research every aspect as it is important for you. Get copies of all test results and start a file. Review results and ask questions. You will soon become an expert on YOU. Couchtater above listed the tests used to determine if you even qualify for surgery. It is a process and both you and the doctor himself must feel it is right. And that takes time and many appointments.

sam1115
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   Posted 12/25/2012 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
So do you know if the esophyx and nissen are comparable? One better than the other?
Sam

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   Posted 12/25/2012 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
You can't have the esophyx if you have a hiatal hernia bigger than 2 cm. Otherwise your stomach will pull up into your chest.

I wanted an Esophyx but my surgeon said due to my large hernia and motility issue a 270 degree wrap would do best for me.
Joy
Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, Asthma, Hypothyriodism, Sleep Apnea, Degenerative Disk and Facet Disease, and Allergies

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Pat Tall
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   Posted 12/25/2012 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sam115. Check out the Linx too. Visit the web site at

WWW.toraxmedical.com
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