Hello. I am new to this forum, and have not read all the wonderful posts yet, but I wanted to get my discussion on the line as soon as possible. Several tests and an endoscopy confirm that I have GERD. Unfortunate, I am allergic to all the PPI medications that help to correct this situation. I have a very unfavorable reaction in my kidneys when I try to take any of these meds.
I really don't have any outward symptoms of the GERD(heartburn, pains in my chest, etc). But my latest endoscopy shows that I have Barrett's disease in my esophagus which is a change in the cells and can be a precursor to cancer. Therefor, I have scheduled the LINX surgery for Sep12. The LINX is a set of magnets which controls the opening and closing of the muscle from my esophagus to my stomach. I selected this method because it is a little less invasive, and if it doesn't work, it can be removed. The fundoplacation is, as I understand it, much more difficult to correct if problems come up. I am also considering having HALO radio frequency ablation to remove the first layer of precancerous cells in my esophagus, which should reduce the chance of my getting cancer from the Barrett's disease
Finally, I intend to continue posting my experiences as I move along as others have so wonderfully done before me. I would appreciate any feedback you can provide.