GERD, Chronic Heartburn, Hiatal Hernia...Is Nissen Fundoplication the solution?

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   Posted 4/16/2014 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Hiatal hernia & esophagitis in 2011, hence GERD has been a part of my life for the last 3+ years. I have learned (sometimes the bad way) what is good and bad as far as my diet goes. For the last 2 months, the "good" foods have been affecting me, and I am suffering from heartburn EVERYDAY. Difficulty swallowing, horrible chest pain (under rib cage left side) acid reflux so bitter, I even wake up with the awful heartburn. I take over the counter "heartburn" medicine, as the last bout of DEXILANT didn't do anything for me! Saw gastroentorologist today and I am scheduled for an endoscopy tomorrow. Doctor has suggested Nissen Fundoplication, if it is related to hiatal hernia. I am 38 y/o 95 lb. female I notice I lost a few (4) pounds in the last month and it is what triggered my doctor's visit.

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   Posted 4/16/2014 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
If medication isn't working, the nissen might be the next step. I took all kinds of PPIs, and my GI doctor ended up putting me on Dexilant 60 mg; my understanding is this is just about the strongest PPI you can take. It worked to a certain degree, but I was still having symptoms I wasn't happy with. I decided to have the surgery because I didn't want to spend the rest of my life worrying about what was going to trigger my LPR. (Eventually I got to a point where I was refluxing even water.)

Research, research, research. If you decide you want to have the surgery, be sure you find a surgeon who specializes in it. My surgeon had done over 1,000 NF procedures. Also make sure you have all of the necessary tests done. Before my surgery I had an endoscopy, 24 hour pH test, manometry, and barium swallow. They aren't fun tests, but they will tell you if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Sounds like you are on the right track with the endoscopy.
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