I wish I could tell you it's easy to get a doc to recommend surgery. It's not. Still, I do think it's an individual thing, because a past member here had a GI doc who recommended surgery pretty much immediately, and she wasn't having symptoms she knew of.
The key with her, though, was that the reflux was causing some irritation of her esophagus. That's the trick...if there's no irritation, the GI docs aren't all that exceited about reflux issues when there's no obvious irritation of the esophagus.
Her situation created its own problem, though. She had silent reflux, so the symptoms caused by recovery from the surgery were very bothersome. Those who suffer prior to a Nissen don't mind the recovery as much because it's a route to getting rid of those horrible symptoms.
How long have you been dealing with symptoms?
Hang in there!
PS--I never had a sore throat with my symptoms, so I don't know about gargling. When I had normal sore throats, saltwater was soothing, though.
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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