Could someone explain to me the different surgeries

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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 6/25/2013 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I've seen several different surgeries mentioned on this board......Nissen fundoplication, Linx, TIF (I think) and probably some others that I can't think of right now..
I'm wondering which ones are for which conditions ?
I have GERD, LPR, ulcers, and a large hiatus hernia.  Right now everything is going well except for a bad  cough that I have because of LPR and I'm trying different things to see if they will help.
All I know is my gastro told me to keep taking my PPI's because I definitely don't want to have surgery.  I'm not sure if it's because of my age, I'm 64.  I'm not sure which one he meant and I had no idea there were so many.
Thx for any info you can give me.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 6/25/2013 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   

They all are basically for the same thing, but a different way of helping get the LES to function again.

The nissen is where the upper part of the stomach, fundus, is wrapped around the esophagus like a hot dog bun.

The linx is a device that goes around the esophagus and uses magnets I believe to apply pressure to help the LES.

The TIF is where they go down like an EGD with a special instrument and tightens the LES from inside. I am not sure if it's staples or sutures that they use though.

There are people here who have had or are researching the Linx and TIF and I am sure they will be along shortly to help. I have the nissen wrap and haven't researched the others very much.

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