My demeester score

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Chavibaby
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   Posted 1/23/2014 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My demeester scores were 89.4 and 84.2...how bad is that?

StephanieJean
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   Posted 1/23/2014 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe that the normal Demeester score is something like 14.7. My score was in the high 90s if I recall correctly. I think yours is pretty high.
Stephanie
Nissen Fundoplication 8/2013

Chavibaby
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   Posted 1/23/2014 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh I see you had surgery...wow 90's? Wasn't sure what the numbers meant but kept seeing postings with much much lower numbers so I got scared.

I see surgeon the 30th for I guess what you had and I have a hernia...scared to have the sugary..how soon after seeing surgeon did you have surgery?

sorry for asking so much, guess I'm a wee bit afraid

chavi

dencha
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   Posted 1/23/2014 11:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chavibaby,

Welcome to Healing Well! I was fearful of getting the surgery even though I needed it, and it kept me from being healthy and having a good quality of life. I lived with it for about six years, and finally was referred to a surgeon. I scheduled my surgery for three weeks later. Once I made the decision, it couldn't be soon enough.

Here's a link to my early recovery journal. It'll give you an idea of one person's experience with surgery and recovery:
www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2183443

Your DeMeester score is evidence of severe GERD, so you're a perfect candidate for a Nissen. You'll be very happy with the results. Make sure your surgeon is very experienced in doing the Nissen procedure. It's an art form, and it's important to choose someone who had done many, many procedures. In a large city, 1000+, and a small to medium city, 300+ procedures. In many places, there is one surgeon who gets most of the referrals. Choose your surgeon well, and you'll have great results.

Glad you've joined the forum! It's a great place to receive information and support as you go through the surgery and recovery.

Best wishes,
Denise

GERD/Heartburn Moderator
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma

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TonyG
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   Posted 1/24/2014 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm jealous! My score was somewhere in the 114-115 range. I'm so thankful for a competent surgeon and the Nissen procedure. It's changed my life! Do your research and make sure you find a great surgeon that has lots of experience with this. Even if it's laparoscopic, it's still major thoracic surgery and you need a competent surgeon. If you do go down this path, this forum will be a great place to do your research and ask questions of real people that have had the surgery done and have lived through the recovery. There are definitely some dark stories of not so successful outcomes, but for the most part you'll find recovered or recovering people on here that have had great outcomes.

Be well!
-TonyG-
-TonyG-
Nissen Fundoplication April 30, 2013
Pain-Free, Reflux-Free, Sleeping on my back!

StephanieJean
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   Posted 1/24/2014 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw my surgeon and about two weeks later I was scheduled for surgery. It was wonderful to not have more time than that to think about it, but I was able to post my inital post here and get wonderful advice from Denise and Bill and Tony and everyone else.

My surgery changed my life. I really did not know how much I needed it until a few months after the surgery was done.

I sleep better, I exercise better, I breathe better, I am better. I am fortunate to have had a wonderful and compassionate surgeon who took all the time I needed to interview him and ask question. He also had great follow up.
Your surgeon will make all the difference in the world, choose him or her with great care. I was lucky because my boyfriends boss actually had the very same surgery, with the same surgeon about 7 months prior to mine and my friend also knew him in her residency (she is an OR doc) I felt better just knowing him this way before even speaking to him the first time.

I would love to answer any other questions you may have!
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