Barretts Esophagus Laproscopic surgery

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   Posted 9/19/2005 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
 I have been adviced by my Dr. that I have the procedure done within the next 6-8 months. I have no way of talking to a number of people that have had the surgery. I am interested in hearing as many views as I can to help me make up my mind as to if I am going to have it done or not. I have been diagnosed with Barretts Esophagus, a pre-cancerous condition for those who don't know, and it has been stable for the last 8 years or better. I feel it is controlled with Omeprazole. I have been on that or Priloces for probably 10 years at least.  

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   Posted 9/19/2005 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry, it's probably because I'm new but I don't understand. What kind of laproscopic surgery? My wife had laproscopic surgery to remove her gallbladder several years ago. It was pretty easy. She had several blood vessels that fed the gallbladder so the surgery took a little while longer than they expected. She was first diagnosed around 1990 and the surgery was still fairly new. She waited until 1998. She was very glad she had it -- no more pain.

She was supposed to go home that night but didn't. When she was in recovery she had to go to the bathroom. The nurse looked away and she fell on her face while on the toilet! They had to xray her cheek & nose to make sure everything was ok and decided to monitor her for the night. She still went back to work about a week after she had surgery.

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   Posted 9/19/2005 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
mlp is correct in asking...what would you have this surgery done for? Your GERD? This is serious stuff - and if you have that many questions, I would strongly urge you to get a second opinion! Your Dr. should have no objection to this either - as a matter of fact, most Dr.'s usually go along with this.

This is your life and we're only granted one of them, so take good care of it!! Educate yourself on this procedure and why you would be having it - do not use a poll to determine whether you would go through with this or not.

My personal best wishes to you!!
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   Posted 9/22/2005 5:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I assume you are talking about the fundoplication surgery?  This is a serious surgery that requires serious consideration.  Read up on the internet.  It has a recovery period of serveral months where you start with soft food and work your way back to eating regular food.  It seems to help many but many also complain of side effects.  Google Nissen fundoplication and you will get many websites with much info.  Also, make sure you interview several surgeons and ask what their success rate is.  Good luck.

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   Posted 9/26/2005 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had to deal with Gerd for the past 2 yrs nothing I do really helps.  I am maxed out on my medicine 40 mg Prilosec in the morninig and another 40 mg plus 300 mg of Zantac at night.  I do not relish the idea of being on medicine for the rest of my life.  I have been to a couple of doctors now one to up my medicine and he refereed me to a surgeon who has suggested that they run some tests and that there is a good chance that I may have surgery.  The Upper GI study showed I had a lot of Reflux, the Gastrooscopy showed a hiatal hernia.  I am waiting to get the pH study done. 
What I would like to know is if anyone has had this done if so how did it go.  Were there any complications if so what were they.  Please anything you can tell me would be good.

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   Posted 9/26/2005 11:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I recommend you try controlled carb dieting before going this drastic route. As one posted above, you can search on Google. You will see there are many significant side effects in a large percentage of patients after going through this surgery.


opinions based on my experience and research on GERD
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