Hi. I'm new to the forum, but have been stalking everyone for a couple weeks now.
trying to find answers.
I've been on PPI's for 10 plus years now. Currently I'm on Dexilant, which I have not seen anyone mention on here, yet anyway. The Dexilant does hlelp me a lot more than the others did, but I still have break through reflux, especially early morning while I'm still in bed, though not everyday.
I've jumped through all the hoops. Endoscopies, motility test, swallowing test, upper GI, etc.
Upper GI showed a small hiatal hernia, but otherwise normal, and the 24 hour test showed signifigant reflux even though I was on my Dexilant at the time.
Swallowing test was pretty much normal I believe, and endoscopy showed mild gastritis. My esophagus, though a little red, was actually a bit better than the one I'd had the previous year.
I might also mention that my maternal grandfather died from stomach cancer, so I'm considered high risk for stomach and esophegus cancer.
Digestive Health Specialist's highly recommended the Nissen for me and sent me to a surgeon.
I'd resolved that I would have the surgery, as I've read long term PPI use has it's draw backs (already suffered a broken rib) and the cancer issue.
I met with the surgeon yesterday, and she told me that with all the tests and reports, all ducks did not appear to be in a row and she felt the surgery would do nothing for me.
She said she'd done quite a few of these surgeries (didn't sound very competent) and decided to send me to someone who specializes in Nissen Fundoplication surgery ( as well as a couple other things).
SO...who would be the best at this decision? The Digestive Health Specialist's or the surgeon?
I'd made my resolve to have this surgery and now this, though maybe a good thing as the surgeon I have not met yet, at least specializes in the surgery.
Thanks for all the great info on this forum...and excuse my spelling.