Hi, everyone! I'm new to this site, have surgery scheduled for January 9, and am wondering if it is the best thing for me. I would love to hear some opinions from you!
My reflux started over 20 years ago...the doctors at the time said that I did have a lax LES valve but that the symptoms would go away after the stress of college was over (isn't that when it really begins??). I'd say that it did get better and I haven't experienced much GERD in the past 10 years until 6 months ago, and I was really taking nothing but the occasional Tums.
I had an endoscopy on July 31 and found that I have a hiatal hernia and Barratts esophagus. My gastro doctor put me on 40mg Zegerid which is working wonders! But the insurance is giving me a hard time...had to get authorization after before the second refill. I did see a thorasic cancer surgeon who said I am a good candidate for the laproscopic fundo surgery. I have it scheduled for Jan 9 but am having some second thoughts.
The medication is indeed helping, but I feel that it may just be masking the GERD symptoms and that the Barratts will be able to progress unless the stuff is prevented from washing up into my esophagus. But I am getting some negative information from others who feel I should only consider the surgery as a very last resort.
I am also worried about the long-lasting or permanent effects such as gas/bloating, not being able to vomit, and never being able to eat comfortably again.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!