So... 12 years after my fundoplication I'm considering a redo. It's a scary thought because I'm feeling reasonably well at the moment. However, I'm increasingly frustrated by having to take medication to mitigate what I consider a mechanical issue: 20mg of rabeprazole daily for the last 7 years; Gaviscon at night, and iron + B12 supplements to manage proven malabsorption issues. It all seems a little ridiculous. Added to this are the necessary lifestyle changes: raised bed; no eating of an evening; no alcohol and, most frustratingly, no running. Out of everything, it's the latter that has caused me to consider a surgical intervention.
Today, I spoke to the surgeon lucky enough to be landed with my considerable medical profile. He suggested an endoscopy (good - whilst I hate the procedure it's sensible to find out what the long term damage is) and a barium swallow 'with provocation'.
'With provocation' is an unsettling phrase and I initially suspected it to be a euphemism for 'we'll test him till the barium issues forth from every orifice'. Further enquiry revealed that it is a normal barium swallow with the added joy of the medical profession fixing you to a medieval contrivance in order to spin you around by the ankles to induce reflux. My question, and yes there is one (and furthermore my thanks if you have managed to stay with me thus far) is, has anyone had the pleasure of this latest medical foray into the fun things you can do to a patient before you attempt to fix them?