Linx Procedure 2017 My Experience

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Chad2322
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   Posted 9/30/2017 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Pam,
Thanks for the post. I wish u the best in your surgery. I'm roughly 8 months out and I'm feeling great. I agree, swallowing can be the stickler. You will learn to eat different and smaller bites. Example, I take a normal bite of food but I seperate it in half in my mouth and swallow that half. I wait 30 secs or so then swallow the other. The linx does not like a lot forces through at once. Please keep us updated and ask any questions

Chad2322
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   Posted 9/30/2017 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Pam. Good luck with surgery, I'm sure you will be fine. Just be prepared recovery is tough. Please ask questions as you progress we are here to help. Good luck

Wade Ray
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   Posted 10/2/2017 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chad. I scheduled my endoscopy and 48 hr Bravo for this Thursday. I have been fully off the PPI's for 3 days now. The weird thing is I still have the same issue but its not getting any worse, I was expecting to be on fire after I went off the PPI's. My next step will be Peptest, then the barium swallow.

Chad2322
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   Posted 10/5/2017 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Pam, how did your surgery go. Are you recovering well? Please keep us updated.

SAI_17
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   Posted 10/10/2017 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Chad,
I'm new to the site, looking for Linx surgery success stories. How are you feeling overall after your surgery. Do you think its worth the try?
Thanks for your time.

Chad2322
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   Posted 10/11/2017 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey sai, Thanks for the question. Overall the surgery was a success for me. The recovery process is longer than expected. Patience is a virtue.

SAI_17
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   Posted 10/11/2017 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply Chad, how long did it took for you to recover?
And where did you have your surgery performed? I'm in Dallas, TX.

SAI_17
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   Posted 10/12/2017 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Chad, How is your swallowing issue now? Are you able to swallow normally now? Please share, I’m considering Linx.

Chad2322
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   Posted 10/12/2017 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
You learn how to swallow again or At least I did. At this point it's fine, but I have to take really small bites and chew very thoroughly. If you try to pass a piece of chicken or steak not chewed properly you will know it immediately. I've found its better to take a dip of water before each meal. Get the throat muscles moving, and after I feel the food has passed I may chase it with a bit of waterm. Moderation is key and slow us better

SAI_17
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   Posted 10/12/2017 1:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply.

SAI_17
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   Posted 10/14/2017 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Chad, Can I know where did you had your Linx procedure done and did you get to dilate your linx post surgery. Input on this will be a great help for me.
I'm seeing my surgeon next week and I'm already in full fear of the surgery.
Please Advice.

Chad2322
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   Posted 10/16/2017 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Sai

I got the dialtion shortly after the implant because there was a slight pinch and I could not push through. Now, before the dialation happened they had to do a barium swallow. The diation 100% made it better for me. It seemed to stretch the scar tissue just enough to make the divide work correctly. Really you should relax. Ypuve read tons online. Your prepared, I know what to expect good and bad. If you have read my post from beginning it will give u a good idea. When is your surgery date?

SAI_17
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   Posted 10/17/2017 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Chad for your advice.

Dsarna
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   Posted 11/9/2017 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 8 days out and am so glad to have found you all. this was suppose to be a simple procedure and I could return to work as a bedside nurse 12 hr shifts, in 5 days with SOME difficulty swallowing. I have been wretching from day one, they kept telling me to "power thru it and keep eating" at this point I would take it out if I could. the incisions aren't painful but I feel like I'm going to die when the food gets stuck, it takes my breath away and can last from 20- 90 min of wretching and spitting up copious amounts of slime. Day 3 I was started on prednisone and it made it to where I can at least keep alittle down and the pooling is smaller. I was totally unprepared for the magnitude of change this would make in my life. at this point I have no choice but to go down this rabbit hole. NO bread or pasta, small bites and no more than 3 at a time. regular water sends me into extreme spasm.
room temp items seem best but its not a quarentee. will take any and all help

Chad2322
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   Posted 11/9/2017 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Dsarna,

I'm so sorry to hear you go through this. If your read this forum from the beginning you will see where I went through the same thing. I strongly recommend you ask for a barium swallow test. It will show if magnets are pinching. Do not let it go as long as I did. I was dehydrated malnurished and close to my death bed I thought. Do not just listen to the doctors. I had to push and push. What I went through was not right and my body knew it. Please keep us updated and ask questions. I suggest that you take a small dip of water prior to eating, I do this before every meal. It seems to get the muscles moving and ready for action. You will eventually be able to handle breads. I couldn't at first but now it's good. Stick with Sandwhich meats and naked potatoes

bonnie 1
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   Posted 11/15/2017 12:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

I will be seeing another surgeon tomorrow regarding the LINX surgery. After the research I have done and posts I have read I have just about made up my mind not to go through with it if possible. I have Barretts Esophagus and I just need to know if not having this done can cause more damage and cause the cells to change. The first surgeon that I saw did not seem to think it would be that bad, however he did say the LINX gets worse before it gets better. He did not mention a lot of the things that I have read. I have had all of the pre-tests.
I hope I can hold out for the EndoStim (Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) Stimulation System for the Treatment of Reflux. It is on the last year of trials in the U.S. and has been very successful in Germany, the Netherlands and U.K. for quite a while. When the trials are complete, it will go to the FDA for approval here. I have read of several people going over there to have this procedure done but it is very costly.
God bless all of you that have gone through this, I wish you well.

Yellow1955
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   Posted 11/21/2017 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I tell people with small hiatal hernias (under 3 mm) to consider a LINX procedure. Question for all - did you insurance pay for the procedure?

My hernia was too large for this procedure so I opted for a valvuloplasty instead of a Nissen wrap because there are two many terrible complications with the wrap. There are none with the valvuloplasty and we can eat normally one month after the procedure. We also have no bloating or gas or side terrible side effects.

It seems like all of you guys are doing well (although it is difficult to tell). There are some who are scheduled for the LINX procedure, please keep us updated.
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