Hi all, many thanks for your time replying!
Sharon I have tried Omeprazole as well as Lansoprazole. The latter seems slightly more effective but pretty much the same ballpark. Did you find one to be particularly effective? I think because I'm refluxing pretty much constantly (but only small foamy amounts), they are just easing symptoms rather than providing any long term solution. The endoscopic photos of my esophagus were a wake up call that it's not being managed as it's very inflamed and sore.
Thankyou Yellow and Statback for pointing me to those other threads. This proceedure does seem to make sense to me in that it tries to mimic the natural healthy body rather than wrapping which causes side effects such as gas/bloating etc.
I have a few queries:
How much does it cost? Someone said $100,000.00? I'm in the UK and I'm fairly certain my insurance wouldn't cover that and i would struggle to afford it. A nice trip to sunny Florida sounds appealing though. It's cold and raining here in Wales (UK).
Yellow you mention that you still have some reflux and are still on PPIs? I appreciate my wrap hasn't worked out long term, but will say that post op, despite gas etc i had zero heartburn and was able to go cold turkey on the ppis straight away with no side effects or weening needed, as at the time the valve was strong enough to cope with the acid rebound. Apologies for sounding negative/critical this is not my intention, i just want to learn more. But it sounds as though the new valve in your op perhaps isn't 100% effective? If its working properly you shouldnt really have to worry too much about
diet unless you're trying to stay healthy etc, but i think a lot of heartburn foods such as tomato, coffee etc are healthy or do have health benefits. Unfortunately i absolutely love spicy food :-/
Also you mention Dr Gee "creates" a new valve. What is the new valve made from? How does he do this? Do you know of any youtube videos of the procedure? I found watching these quite a helpful, insightful way of learning about
the Nissen (although do make me slightly queasy
You mention Dr Gee has been in Floroda for a year but has performed 500 proceedures in this time. That's an incredibly high amount of proceedures to do in a year. Assuming he takes a few weeks of holidays and has weekends off he must be doing more than two proceedures a day??? How does he have any time for pre op care and examination etc? It's mentioned that he only sees 'new patients' what does this mean? That if you have issues afterwards he has no time for you/doesn't want to know? High turnover is usually a bad sign not a good one. Ie more concerned about
his revenues than his clients and operating a factory type practice with poor aftercare? Again not trying to be negative but i am very sceptical of the medical profession generally and just voicing my concerns after reading those threads.
Many thanks again!!!