I just copied and pasted your responses for my GERD and Surgery file. What a great and helpful response. As I've said, you're a wealth of knowledge!
Darn, you are good!
I waited far too long for my surgery, as my symptoms were atypical. I had breakthrough reflux/heartburn, but my worst problem was my lungs. My GI doc was afraid surgery wouldn't help my lungs, as my PH tests came out consistently low. I was fearful because of all the scary internet posts. I waited 6 long years while my lung condition deteriorated. Finally it seemed it was my only option. I had it done in February 2009, and have never looked back. It was a health AND quality of life issue in my case. Lung tissue is much, much more sensitive than esophageal tissue.
Once my GI finally referred me to a surgeon, I scheduled my surgery immediately and had it three weeks after seeing the surgeon. After two and a half months of healing, my lungs were finally healthy again! My situation was different, though.
I think, as ARM mentioned, quality of life issues are the most important. Good luck making you decision!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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“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.”