Acid Reflux surgery for chronic cough

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   Posted 11/1/2013 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a chronic cough for several years. Recently, after seeing my family doctor he referred me to a pulmonary specialist (I have asthma)who eventually referred me to Gastroenterologist, who has referred me to a surgeon for hiatal hernia surgery. I've had a upper GI endoscopic and brochoscopic tests. They all feel that this would remedy the cough. Has anyone had a similar recommendation?? thanks, pete

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   Posted 11/2/2013 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  You did not mention if you have had any ph tests etc.  Many people with silent reflux have a chronic cough.  I guess I would seek out a second opinion re surgery and make a list of all your questions before saying yes to the first surgeon.
Check out our resources at the top of the page and you will see lots of helpful info re GERD/LPR and hernia repairs.  Also you can search our site by clicking on the search option at the top of this page in the darker blue line.............then type in
"hiatal hernia surgery" - you should see a lot of threads pop up from your search. Click on each thread to read the info.
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   Posted 11/3/2013 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I can only speak for my experience and I cannot say that our issues are the same from the small bit of information you have given but;
3 years ago come April 1, I had a Nissen Fundoplication. Before my surgery I had a chronic cough, I had asthma (diagnosed 12-13 years prior) I had scratchy throat almost every day. when I had the 48 hr Bravo PH test, as I came out from under the anesthetic, the doctor told me he had seen that I had asthma on my chart. He asked me when I was diagnosed and I told him. He stated at that time that after my surgery I would not have asthma anymore. I asked him what he meant and he told me that he felt my asthma was reflux induced. He told the truth, I have not had a cough since the day after my surgery and I have no more asthma at all. I used to have to carry a rescue inhaler with me at all time. I haven't used one since the day before my surgery.
As far as a recommendation for the surgery, I would have to completely agree with Kitt.. Get a second opinion and as she suggested, write down every question you can think of. This is major surgery and it will take a long time for total recovery. Would I do it again if necessary? Without a doubt. I have a life again...
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   Posted 11/4/2013 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
What you are experiencing is exactly what prompted me to have the surgery too! I just had the nissen and for the first time ever, I have little to no need to cough at all! I was told that I would cough more than three or four other smoking friends combined. I'd clear my throat all the time too.

Did you have a PH study done? My PH study came back with 87 instances of acid reflux in 24 hours, while taking all of my acid reducers at the same time.

Here is the link to my journal, so you can compare what you are experiencing to mine.

Ask any questions you have, I'm happy to help.

Post Edited (Diaas2) : 11/4/2013 6:07:30 AM (GMT-7)

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