Hello everyone! I am 22 and have been suffering from acid reflux for about 4 years. I do suffer from mild heartburn but the majority of my symptoms are in my throat. My arytenoids are swollen which causes voice problems. I unfortunately had to quit singing my first year of college and lost a fairly substantial choir scholarship when this all started. I have been taking 60mg of Dexilant once per day for the last three and a half years, and it has helped quite a bit. However, even with the dexilant, I still can't sing or yell. I have had an endoscopy and the doctor did find slight evidence of reflux in my lower esophagus but nothing very bad. He has told me that it would be possible to have a nissen fundoplication, and I have spoken to the surgeon about this and am now considering my options. I would appreciate any ideas or comments you all might have.
I am interested in the Nissen, but have concerns about the side effects that I have heard about, and am honestly a little scared to have such a drastic surgery. I am concerned about the long-term durability and the fact that it is not easily reversible. I do know that it has quite a high success rate. I am thinking about possibly waiting until next summer to get it done. This way I will know for sure if I'm ready. However, I am actually starting my first year of medical school this fall, and I wonder if it would be better to get the operation out of the way before starting school, as I would hate to be disrupted during my studies. I would have two months of summer vacation next year during which I might be able to get it done.
I have also heard quite a bit about the Linx. It sounds awesome, the only concern I have is that no long-term data is available because it is so new. I will be going to school just outside of Las Vegas next year, and I've thought about driving over to see the doctors at USC, who I also have heard are the best in the world at the Nissen.
Sorry for the long post. I'm just trying to figure out which is the best option, and would love to hear any of your experiences and thoughts!