All I have had are three endoscopies. Each looked better than the last. I began with a medium hiatal hernia, stage 4 esophigitis, and GERD. By the second, I believe the esophigitis had disappeared. By the third, even though he claimed it was the best, it revealed Barrett's. I reported still having the GERD symptoms to him, and the gastroenterologist that did the scopes recommended surgery. I blame myself for not always doing everything I was supposed to such as weight loss, avoiding certain foods, etc.
I had no manometry or pH study. I don't know what those are. :( I have no recollection of having any other tests.
This is all pretty frightening. I was told to stay away from the Internet, but I thought it might make me feel better. If I tell a doctor where some of my questions come from, he'll just say the people here aren't doctors. *sigh*
I think I drive my doctors and their nurses nuts, and they're probably tired of me. I wonder at what point I should get a second opinion and how to even find a good doctor. My general practicioner referred me to the gastroenterologist whom an acquaintance of mine (an RN) likes very much. Then the gastroenterologist referred me to this surgeon. The same RN said my surgeon is one of the few she would trust to 'open her up.' The gastro sends many of his patients to several different surgeons I believe he said.
I had some stuff, but not very much. After a bit, I started looking online.
What is the redo like? Is it nearly as bad as the initial? Based on my Upper GI, my surgeon is happy with how everything looks, so she sees no need for any surgical procedure at this time. If memory serves, when I asked her how many she's done, I believe she said 'many,' but I can't swear to it. I see her October 1st. She estimates I won't feel like me for another six weeks or so, which will put me at three months. I'm still just baffled from where a week of recovery came from and why I'm healing so slowly. Forgive me if I'm repetitive, but she feels the surgical area is recovering on track, but it's the rest of me that's struggling. Since I'm not to eat and am still swollen, I don't get how I'm on track.
Your esophagus tore? My goodness. I do remember having some confusion on what tore at first. Was it my esophagus or my diaphragm? It was the diaphragm. Tearing that isn't as bad as the esophagus I'm told.
I just fear I'll live in fear forever now. I'm just struggling with my patience.