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Has anyone had the Linz procedure and what was your experience?
We so appreciate your sharing your son’s experience with the LINX procedure. It appears as if the surgeon’s experience has a lot to do with the success of the procedure. I am sorry to hear of his rare SMA syndrome. We all wish him well as he has the bowel reconstruction surgery. Will you keep us posted as to how he does after the surgery?
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Teresa, thank you.. Yes surgeon experience is key. We found a wonderful surgeon with Dr. Bowers at the Mayo Jax’s. As he has done continued care for my son since Dec 1 2015……Not many surgeons would do that nor would they want to try all other non surgical paths before finally deciding on doing yet another surgery. He is a wonderful doctor. So much so we moved from Tampa FL, 240 miles to Jacksonville so my son can be near him and the Mayo!
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We’re so glad you’ve joined us with your questions on Connect. I’m tagging @carolynlivingjaks and Mentor @kdubois as they may also have more information and insight about the LINX procedure.
I would like to invite @dandl48, @brie87144 @ryman, @lizwhite80 @jafd who all have discussed esophageal issues. While they may not share the same condition as you, they may have some similar experiences with regard to esophageal diagnoses.
Drroberts, may I ask what symptoms led to the diagnosis of esophagitis? Did you have trouble swallowing food?
Hello @dandl48 I am glad to hear that you are taking the Vitamin D3 – that is a good measure given that you take Nexium, a PPI. We look forward to hearing from you after your appointment, we will be interested to hear if your doctor suggests any other treatments for you.
I had the linx done last August and got no relief . I'm now being told "it slipped ". My doctor said it could possibly be tightened, a second option is saying take it out ..i see the surgeon on the Sept 12th …
No but I’m interested too. I have Barrett’s esophagus and I’m tired of coughing and choking. Meds don’t work well
I will be having the LINX put in two weeks from now and a hiatal hernia repair. I’ll be happy to share my experience.
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I had a 4 in. Barretts segment, with high grade displaysia…. went through about 6 RFA treatments,
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Wishing you well with your upcoming surgery and looking forward to hearing about your experience.
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Can you explain what RFA treatments are?
RFA, radio frequency ablation. They use radio frequency to burn off 3 microns of barretts skin, then you keep the acid off and the normal skin to grow back.
I had the surgery on the 12th, stayed overnight. Since leaving the hospital, I haven’t had to use pain, nausea, or antacid medication. I am very satisfied that this procedure was right for me. Also, had a hiatal hernia repaired.
I'm so pleased that everything went so well for you and that you can see the benefits of the surgery. That is just great. I do appreciate your update!
Did you have the surgery done at a hospital near you? Was the doctor a specialist in this type of procedure?
I live in Las Vegas. I had the procedure done at USC when Mayo turned me down as a patient. Dr. Lipham did the procedure. See YouTube video of him and the LINX.
I had the LINX procedure and a hiatal hernia repair ten days ago. No pain, no nausea, and no need for antacids since. Getting used to swallowing, a little tight but if I chew well, no problem. Had it done at USC BY Dr. Lipham. He has a YouTube video.
I understand the LINX can be removed or adjusted.
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