I have had silent GERD symptoms from the age of 7, so no acid reflux but unfortunately other symptoms like bad breath etc. Around the age of 17 i started getting acid reflux as well, so had to start taking a PPI (lansoprazole) daily in order to limit acid reflux discomfort.
Now at the age of 26 its getting worse and i had another endoscopy which showed my stomach is wide open and there is some burning of oesophagus, despite my PPI. I discussed with the doctor about having a Fundoplication procedure, where they wrap the stomach round the end of the oesophagus (LES) to make the stomach close properly. I am trying to decide whether this is right for me, for the following reasons:-
- Bad breath - whilst its embarrasing, this is a very real problem in my life but i cant find anywhere, whether this procedure will help cure/lessen this problem?
- Acid reflux - i want to avoid being on PPI all my life, especially as im only 26 and have already been on then for 9 yrs. Being on them long term can cause osteoperosis and other things lile polyps in your stomach
I have read some good any bad things about this procedure, mainly around the band slipping and needing follow on ops, and around not being able to burp or be sick.
Another thing i've heard is that after this procedure you can never have chewing gum again - this is my only respite for my current bad breath problem (i brush, floss, use mouthwash regularly with no luck). So if this procedure doesnt work and i cant chew this again, them i am well and truly (*&*.
Advice and feedback appreciated, especially for those who have already had the operation and had similar symptoms.