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ihategerd
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   Posted 2/7/2013 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I am looking for a surgeon in the Denver area that is qualified to perform the nissen.  I am miserable, nexium isn't working anymore. Can't eat much of anything.  Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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   Posted 2/8/2013 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, I live in GA.
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   Posted 2/8/2013 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Nissen is a popular surgery, so hopefully there is someone in your area that does it well. Also, investigate the LINX surgery as a possibility too. That is what I had done and so far it's been a miracle. But be warned, it is new and finding a great surgeon for it will be tough... but it was worth it for me!

Welcome here and good luck with everything. GERD is awful :(

ihategerd
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   Posted 2/8/2013 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your suggestion. I have Kaiser insurance and they are very picky about me seeing Kaiser docs. I had a surgeon and he is one of the best here in Colorado but Kaiser denied the referral for me to see him. I have had all the tests done and really don't want to go through it again. I have a limited amount of sick time. So I am at the end of my rope. Having awful Gerd symptoms I am pretty much miserable. Sick and tired of being sick and tired. So I guess I am going to have to start over with a new surgeon.
I am not sure that I qualify for the Linx since I have a hernia also. I have looked into it a little but it just doesn't seem to be to reliable yet.

This has been a part of my life for over 7 years now and i am only 36. I am ready to just get it over with. Tired of the pain and suffering.

dencha
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   Posted 2/8/2013 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ihategerd,
Sorry to hear you're having so much trouble.  Actually the Nissen continues to be the gold standard for stopping reflux, so it's not such a bad thing that your insurance company is pushing you in that direction.  I have a suggestion for you.  Call the National Jewish Hospital in Denver and see if you can talk to someone who can provide you with referrals to Nissen surgeons.  Here's the link:
 
They are the number 1 respiratory hospital in the country, and believe me, many people who walk in their doors have lung issues caused by reflux.  I would suspect that they have local surgeons that they know are the most competent in doing Nissen surgeries.
 
Don't give up, and try not to let it get you down.  You'll find a great doc to do the job.  It doesn't have to be the best in the world to do a fine job. It just has to be someone who has had plenty of experience, with at least 300 or so Nissens under his/her belt.  Ideally in a city like Denver they've done many more than that, but know that a skilled microsurgeon with enough experience with Nissens can do a fine job even if they've done hundreds rather than thousands of Nissens.  My surgeon, in a small city, had done around 300, and he did a great job.
 
Good luck with your search!  Try googling Denver Nissen surgeons in the Google box at the top right hand corner of this forum site.  You might come across an older post with helpful information.
 
Best wishes!
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ihategerd
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   Posted 2/8/2013 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the info.

dencha
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   Posted 2/8/2013 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
ihategerd,
You're very welcome.  Good luck with your search!  BTW, except for the endoscopy, most surgeons will accept recent tests done by anyone, so there should be no need to redo.  My surgeon didn't even redo the endoscopy, as he works closely with my GI doc.
Good luck!
Denise
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”

“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”

“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
Eckhart Tolle

ihategerd
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   Posted 2/11/2013 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
So, I am just wondering if I am normal to be scared to death to have this surgery. I have done my research and it seems that there are those who love it and those who are miserable. What bothers me the most is that I had one of the top surgeons in my area and my insurance will not approve me to see him. So I am going to see a Kaiser surgeon. I have HUGE reservations about all of this. I have had surgery before but I imagine this will be nothing like the others but I think they are all connected one way or another. Appendectomy -1999, Gall bladder 2007, now awful GERD. Can't stand it anymore. Like most it is really affecting my life in every aspect. I know I need to do something but who to have do it is my question. Do I meet this surgeon and see how it feels or do i try more to get in with the original Dr.? So many thoughts and fears. Any suggestions? Since I have Kaiser my options are limited.
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