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Hamhoc
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   Posted 5/9/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Endoluminal Gastroplication is a new treamtent for GERD.  It is minimally invasive with MUCH less risks and discomfort than Fundoplacation.  From what I gather the doctor uses his endoscope with a devise attached to it and sews a suture on your LES effectivally tightening the LES.  (I actually once pondered why they couldnt simply use a suture to tighten the LES. Weird right?)
 
Anyway here is the link.  And since I live in Boston I will most deffinately be asking about this procedure.
 
 
 
Here is an exserp.
 
"Unlike Nissen fundoplication, ELGP is performed as an outpatient procedure with a flexible endoscope. It does not involve an incision, hospitalization, or the use of general anesthesia. Generally, ELGP is more cost effective, introduces fewer side effects, and produces better results than long-term drug therapy. Patients return home the same day and return to normal daily activities the following day."
 
 
Has anyone heard of this before?  Has anyone actually done this before?  Any information would be great.  And also, i would like to know who has NOT heard of this and this is the first time finding out about Endoluminal Gastroplication.

Post Edited (Hamhoc) : 5/10/2007 6:57:26 AM (GMT-6)


Hamhoc
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   Posted 5/9/2007 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, has anyone heard of Plicator proceedure?

http://www.ndosurgical.com/patient_portal/plicator_procedure.htm


Thoughts? Experiences?

Both of these procedures look VERY promising to me. FOr the first time in a year I actually feel almost hopefull.

Hamhoc
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   Posted 5/10/2007 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hope you dont mind. Here are more links for Plicator Procedure. I am sort of using this thread to list info on these options.

http://www.thebostonchannel.com/health/10071385/detail.html
 
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=60655

Post Edited (Hamhoc) : 5/10/2007 7:17:56 AM (GMT-6)


Gremma
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   Posted 5/10/2007 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I would like to hear from someone who has actually had it done. There are always promises, promises, you never here about the down side, they don't to talk about that. Since we pretty much have to eat for the rest of our life, I'd rather eat bland with natural herbs for flavor than have my dinner through a G-Tube, you know what I mean. There are certain things that you just can't guess at, try and see, well if it just . . . and your stomach, your eyes, and your brain are just the top ones. I want evidence, real people who had it done and it worked more often than not, and when it didn't work, you weren't worse off than before.

Hamhoc
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   Posted 5/11/2007 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I have an appointment with the Dr. that invtented the Plicator procedure. The problem with the procedure it seems is that it is so new that insurance companies do not cover it yet. The price is 4k currently. Results have been widely very good with the majority resulting in no more drug treatment. Why do I get a strange feeling that companies like Astra Zenica have a hand in Insurance companies not coviering procedures that cure the illnesses that their drugs treat. I hope that is not the case.
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