I’ve had Acid Reflux (GERD) for over a year now and I’ve finally reached my breaking point. I’m tired of suffering. I want to get this fixed! It’s time for surgery.
I’m already taking the maximum doses of Nexium (40mg, twice a day) and Zantac (150mg, once a day) and my reflux is still uncontrolled. I sleep sitting nearly upright on the couch, don’t eat trigger foods, don’t ever eat after 7pm, and I’m still up half the night with a painful chest and bitter secretions in my mouth. This disease is slowly chipping away at my sanity and my enjoyment of life!
I’ve also gotten really paranoid that it has started affecting my teeth and that is the final straw for me. I feel like much of the other damage can be healed, but damage to teeth is permanent and irreversible. I even purchases some Saliva PH Testing strips online and I often test it to find that my saliva is far below the low end of where it should be (PH: <6 ). Frightening.
For surgery, I’m most interested in the Torax Linx Device because it seems like the best long term solution for me. The recovery is very straightforward, and it seems to work almost as good as the time tested Nissen Fundoplication surgery (based on the latest study results. You also have fewer limitations (no risk of blowing the nissen wrap from lifting weights or coughing, etc.) and retain a normal sized stomach!
The last item is especially important for me, because I like to eat (don’t we all)! The thought of limiting myself to small meals for months and months sounds very difficult and not at all appealing – and this is a requirement for Nissen Fundoplication recovery.
The latest 4 year study on the Linx device is also quite encouraging and makes it look like a very viable option. I also like that it is an ostensibly reversible procedure, which allows me to dream that someday there will be a true cure for Acid Reflux (stem cells? muscle cell infusion?) and I’ll require no meds, and no augmentation.
I just want to be a normal healthy human that can eat healthy food, exercise, and sleep laying down! And enjoy my life, my wife, and my kids a bit more.