There are a number of people in this forum who are considering an NF or Linx procedure, including myself. I'm sure that many of you know about the surgical Nissen Fundoplication for reflux while the Torax Linx is still proving itself and the EndoStim is still in it's early clinical trial phases. What I have been doing is modifying my lifestyle combined with Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) therapy which is considered the "last stage PPI" prior to surgery.
I have been taking the drug for 6 months now, 1/2 hour before dinner and have found that it is working pretty decently. Is it perfect? Definitely not. My LES is weak and I need to avoid some activities that greatly limit my lifestyle, like bending over or exercising too much. The drug is just a stop-gap measure until I make a decision.
The point of this post is if you don't need immediate surgical intervention, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor about it. Dexilant has a good safety profile and shares most of the side effects from other PPI's since it is in the same family. What is unique about the drug is that it is timed released. So when I take my 60Mg capsule, in a few hours there will be another release of the drug. If Dexilant could "buy you more time" until these other surgical alternatives are proven (with the exception of the NF, which is already proven,) it might be worth a shot. Everyone is different and what is basically helping me for the moment, might not help you.
When I had my last Ph/Manometry, I needed to be off my PPI (then Protonix) for a full 2+ weeks to ensure accuracy of the testing. When my GI doc informed me that I would be going on the Dexilant until I reached my decision about surgery, I knew this was the drug of last resort to avoid esophageal stricture. I know that the benefit of Dexilant is not going to last me forever, as with all my other PPI's in the past.
If anyone else is on this drug and could make any futher comments/suggestions/observations, please do so.