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Fri, Mar 13 8:05am · Hiatal Hernia - Surgery & Complications in Digestive Health

OMG! How many years have you been dealing with this. Have you developed Barrett's yet? You should have your GI order an esophogram/barium swallow to check the extent of reflux and sliding of the stomach. Your GI or a surgeon specializing in the LINX procedure can also order an esophogeal motility study which tests the effectiveness of your swallowing. If your swallowing is fine then have the LINX done . It will stop the reflux . The hole in your diaghragm will be repaired at the same time so your stomach won't slide any longer.
I just had this done myself on Jan 22nd. My surgeon also undid a Nissan fundalplication from 24yrs ago that had slipped down my stomach making it look like an hour Glass. The LINX band of magnetic beads around the LES/ Lower esophageal sphincter has stopped all reflux and I'm heartburn free for the first time in over 24yrs.

Sat, Jan 4 7:56am · LINX procedure in Digestive Health

With GERDS I've heard of spasms in the esophagus which can mimic chest pain and give a sensation of shortness of breath. I've experienced it myself. I've not heard of spams in the larynx.

Dec 16, 2019 · LINX procedure in Digestive Health

I am very happy with my LINX band. Every so often I have trouble swallowing but it is no big deal. End of January it will be a year since my surgery. For me it was a medical necessity. Nothing was stopping the heartburn. I was on PPIs for over 24yrs and at the time if my surgery I was double dosed on prevacid and zantac. I was also using carafate liqiud left over from my radio frequency ablations for 8 cm of Barrett's that had some low grade dysplasia and I was also using OTC antacids. I spent 7 months after surgery weaning of the PPIs to avoid rebound acid production. Here are some resources; Eating after LINX Esophageal Surgery at nationaljewish.org and linxforlife.com, Physician Locator. Good luck🙂

Dec 15, 2019 · LINX procedure in Digestive Health

Try linxforlife.com and if you have it done check out :Eating After Your LINX Esophageal Surgery at nationaljewish.org. My surgeon was awesome but she's didn't give me a lot of info for post-op rehabilitation.

Dec 13, 2019 · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

It was not difficult for me to change between them. Prevacid always worked the best for me for the better part of 22yrs until my hiatal hernia started enlarging again and I needed a re-repair last Jan. Just be sure you are taking B12 in methylcabolamine form. When your on these proton pump inhibitors (PPI) your body will not absord any protein bound B12. Our bodies need a high pH in the the stomach to release B12 from protein so that it can be absorbed in the gut. PPIs prevent this high acidic environment. Our bodies will absorb 1% of non-protein bound B12 ie a sublingual tablet. Mega dosing is needed to come close to the daily amount of B12 required. Worse case scenario severe B12 deficiencies lead to dementia. There are articles out there that discuss this as well as an increase risk for C-diff. So it's important to take a probiotic as well. Good luck.

Dec 12, 2019 · LINX procedure in Digestive Health

As far as the asthma symptoms go aspirating into your lungs can definitely cause bronchospasms. It may not necessarily be asthma but the symptoms can be similar. There is a correlation between reflux in infants and the development of asthma later which is what I believe happened to me. My Mother told me I would throw up constantly as a baby and by the time I was 4 I was diagnosed with asthma. In my 30's when the hernia became too large I would wake choking and wheezing like crazy and my throat would feel on fire. Hang in there and don't give up. You have to be your own advocate.🙂

Dec 12, 2019 · LINX procedure in Digestive Health

There is a network of surgeons who do the LINX procedure as well as the Nissan. I was fortunate to have one working out of the hospital I worked in. So it was an easy referral.

Dec 12, 2019 · LINX procedure in Digestive Health

There is a direct correlation between asthma and reflux.