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Doctor insights on: Will Having Surgery For My Gerd Cure My Symptoms Forever

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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What test can determine if i need surgery to correct anti-reflex valve to cure the symptoms of GERD? Endoscopy?

What test can determine if i need surgery to correct anti-reflex valve to cure the symptoms of GERD? Endoscopy?

There is no: "test" which indicates surgery as the treatment of GERD ! It is FAILURE of conservative Treatment...H-2 blockers, Proton Pump Inhibitors, proper diet, Elevation head of bed at night...IF ALL FAILS , the latest surgical approached are "MINIMALLY INVASICE" Make sure that if you reach this point you are under the care of a Board Certified Gastroenterologist! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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How effective is the GERD surgery in reducing symptoms?

Very effective: Surgery is very effective. But frequently your gerd symptoms of heartburn may get replaced by gas bloating symptoms. Please discuss those symptoms in detail with the surgeon before saying yes to surgery. Surgery is an excellent option if your heartburn symptoms are really frequent and bad. ...Read more

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Are there exercises or yoga positions which could help my GERD symptoms and let me avoid surgery?

Are there exercises or yoga positions which could help my GERD symptoms and let me avoid surgery?

No: But sleeping positions (on a wedge or with the head of the bed elevated) can help gerd and possibly avoid surgery ... ...Read more

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Wat are the pros and cons on surgery for acid reflux. Does it cure GERD or its a temporary fix and how invasive is the surgery.

Yes: It will cure gerd but for how long depends. Pros is not needing to take those pills anymore and suffering from debilitating reflux. Cons it is an operation and carries its risks. ...Read more

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I would like to ask if "cardiac like" chest pains after Nissen lFundiplication is normal? The surgery has not resolved this GERD symptom.

I would like to ask if "cardiac like" chest pains  after Nissen lFundiplication is normal?  The surgery has  not resolved this GERD symptom.

Chest pain: If you have had recent cardiac care I recommend that you immediately see your doctor or go the Emergency Room now. You may turn out to have nothing major but you cannot take chances ...Read more

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3 painful LUQ spasms in 13 mo. DX GERD. Stones found, no symptoms. F, 55+,veg.nonsmoker, never fat, tests perfect. Dr. strongly suggests surgery. Why?

3 painful LUQ spasms in 13 mo. DX GERD. Stones found, no symptoms. F, 55+,veg.nonsmoker, never fat, tests perfect. Dr. strongly suggests surgery. Why?

Not from GERD: LUQ episodic pain does not warrant surgery especially this is not the typical pain for GERD.. Get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

If PPIs and diet only help a little with heartburn and other GERD symptoms, can anything else be done besides surgery?

Yes: On diet, want to ensure cutting back drastically on caffeine, coffee, alcohol, fatty/fried foods, too much acidic or spicy foods (some good), red meats. Lose weight. Keep blood pressure and diabetes (if applicable) in control. Exercise daily. Stay sitting or standing at least 30 min after any meal. Sleep on a regular schedule. Control stress. These all help with GERD unless hiatal hernia present. ...Read more

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I'm 23,never had gerd symptoms before my hiatal-hernia, I was wondering if I can get hernia surgery without fundoplication? Worried about side effects

I'm 23,never had gerd symptoms before my hiatal-hernia, I was wondering if I can get hernia surgery without fundoplication? Worried about side effects

No surgery: 90-95 % of people with GERD get better with medication. surgery reserved to a very small section of people . yes you can have a hiatal hernia surgery without the fundoplication, but that will not stop the efflux in any way. try to get the best medical treatment before start thinking about surgery. ...Read more