I am told that I have failed all drug therapy for GERD -- Nexium plus Zantac and Gaviscon are not controlling symptoms. I tried other PPIs and they did not work. The GI specialist suggests that I may be a surgery candidate if I have a hiatal hernia. Endoscopies have not shown that I have one so he suggests a barium swallow test to look for a "slipping hiatal hernia".
I am having such a hard time now with GERD I am wondering if the barium test will make symptoms even worse. Any experience with this?
Also, has anyone had surgery for GERD and what is that like?